With our first visit to Aruba we can see why it is so frequently revisited by travelers. Coral Reef is a bit out of the way so a Jeep or Car rental is a must if you decide to stay here. We had trouble finding it as we didn't receive much help from the Rental agency, and the little bit we did receive was misleading. We didn't write down the directions posted on Coral Reef website because we assumed from what we had read about ease of getting around the island, we could just wing it. Don't make our same mistake, there is one main road on the island but there are very few Street signs for side roads and intersections after Oranjestad and you can easily get thrown off course when unfamiliar with the territory. The Flying Fishbone is one of the better known restaurants and is right next door so this is a good landmark to use as a guide.
Once there we were pleasantly greeted by Julie, Jack, Snowball, and Douglas and were given a quick tour of the charming grounds. Yes the accommodations are a little rough around the edges and campy, but in my opinion this is part of the charm it offers. All of the photos on their website are properly represented and you might feel as though you are on a movie set. The setting is beautiful and views are amazing (why else would what are considered to be two of the most romantic restaurants on the island be located just next door.) Great fishing, swimming, and snorkeling are quite literally feet away from your doorstep. Julie had many great tips on where to go and things to do for which we were extremely grateful.
Arikok National Park- Caves, Natural Pool (must drive)
Eagle Beach, Baby Beach, Rodgers Beach, Mangel Halto (must drive)
Zeerover's down the road from Coral Reef
Pastry shop open from 5PM-7PM(delicious and well worth it) down the road from Coral Reef
La Granja(Peruvian style Chicken joint) close to Coral Reef
Old Man and the Sea down the road from Coral reef (expensive but one of the most romantic restaurants I have ever seen) P.S. make reservations for after 7
Wacky Wahoo's located in Palm Beach Area(must drive)
Thanks for a great introduction to Aruba! We hope to be back soon
- Also Known As:
- Coral Reef Beach Villa And Apartments Hotel Savaneta
- Coral Reef Beach Villa And Apartments Hotel
- Coral Reef Beach Villa And Apartments Aruba/Savaneta
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Reef Beach Villa sleeps 6-8. Each cabin has a four-poster bed, which can be wheeled out onto the balcony (so you can sleep under the stars), cable television, air conditioning, refrigerator, kettle and toaster, plus utensils. There is a separate fully equipped luxury kitchen. Electricity and water are included and all rooms are serviced. Wireless internet service is available free of charge. ... more less
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