Just a few thoughts and observations from a recent trip in May. I’m not writing an actual trip report because we do pretty much the same thing every day, Breakfast, beach, dinner. No excursions etc. We just love to relax & decompress. We flew first class, so going thru customs was a breeze as there were no lines. I purchased rum at the duty free shop and no one ever asked about what we were declaring when we left the terminal, no sure what all the fuss was about as far as how much you could bring in? Our luggage came out first. And we took a taxi to the Bucuti. Check in was fast as we have been there before and know the lay of the land. That welcome Champagne never gets old! We unpacked and hit the beach. From landing to beach less that 1.5 hrs…..not bad. Waves were intense most of the week and we saw a few people get tossed around pretty good. Everyone just needs to use caution when entering & exiting and a little common sense and you will be fine. The Bucuti was enforcing the reserving of chairs before 7 am policy. Glad to see and of course, some didn’t listen, so they removed the articles and took them to the front desk. The policy of not serving anyone at the sand bar if they are not guests was also being enforced and Happy Hours were a lot less congested. I know this is not popular with some on this forum, but for me, I welcomed it. Different strokes. We flew out on a Thursday & we allowed 3 hrs and could have done it in less than 1.5 hrs, but we lingered & shopped some. Both flights on United were on time arriving & departing. The weather was a bit unusal as there was absolutely no wind for 4-5 days. It was hot & humid, wow. It curtailed some of our eating plans as we did not want to eat outside for dinner after sitting in the heat all day. The restaurants we ate at were Fishes & More (Always our first night, did not disappoint), Barefoot (One of our favorites, thanks Luc), Windows On Aruba (First time, very nice), Smokey Joe’s ( Ribs are great), El Gaucho (Got to have my Argentine Steak fix), Gianni’s (Good Service, very good pasta), Chalet Swiss (We had not visited in a few years, but returned and were glad), Carte Blanche ( Wow, what a meal, Glenn & Dennis do it right) & Madame Jeanette’s ( Very good as usual).