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abass 10-03-2009 03:28 PM

Sailing to Aruba on the Jewel on 11/7 for the day, don't want to do any excursions. Want to go to Palm Beach and use a hotel facility (I will pay). Can't seem to get anywhere with the hotels. Any suggestions? Thanks

penny3333 10-05-2009 07:43 AM

There were 2 hotels where the driver dropped us off. One was the Rui and I cannot remember the other one, I think it was a Sheraton. However, you really didn't need to use the hotel facilities. There was a dock with a bar/restaurant, there were plenty of water toys available for rental, and the beach was beautiful. My hubby walked up to one of the beach bars at the hotel and got a drink there, then we walked out on the pier and had lunch. There wasn't much to see snorkeling, but I had a ball swimming. I think the cab driver charged us $20 or $25 to take us there. When we were ready to go back to the ship, we walked up to the hotel and got a cab. I didn't check with either hotel to see if they had day passes available. There were other hotels along the area, but we didn't walk over to them. Hope this helps a little.

spoheat 10-05-2009 08:04 AM

We took a cab to Palm beach. Plenty of available chairs, umbrellas, etc. A bar on a pier their had restrooms. Lots of cabs for getting back. May kids wanted to jet ski and motorized watersports are available at kiosks. You will be taken by a transfer boat (no charge) down the shore to Eagle Beach (Palm is quiet, no motors). The kiosks for purchase of these activitie are on the beach every two hundred yards or so. Food was available at various hotels. We did not do a resort or all inclusive option, but I don't know what advantage we would have had doing that over what we did, other than paying only once instead of "as we went along".

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