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“Snorkeling from novice to expert in the back "yard".” 5 of 5 stars
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 238 | Pos Chiquito, Oranjestad, Aruba   |  
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Ranked #8 of 10 Oranjestad B&B and Inns
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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“Snorkeling from novice to expert in the back "yard".”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

Jim, Shawna, the house, the dogs, the rooms, the neighborhood, the price, the breakfasts, the warm 81 degree water, the information, the close bus stop, the snorkeling being so close, were all perfect. I liked being picked up at the airport by a smiling face and taken to the airport with a smiling face. Any question was answered with a smile and information was always helpful. The island is small so getting around is not a problem. Paradise Found is definitely a paradise for us. We ventured all over the island, part by bus and part by rental car, but being located in the middle of coast we could go anywhere in a short time. The coffee and breakfasts were accompanied with great conversation and information about the history and the people of Aruba. Much more history than I would have received at a hotel. Even on the rainy day we had a beautiful open air room to read and relax. Other visitors came and went. We met a couple from Miami and a lady from Finland. More smiling faces. Our favorite was the scuba dives (we did 3) . Red Sail was the company we used and this too was a great experience--clear warm water. There are other companies also. We took the bus to the "big beaches" and walked and walked and saw lots of people in front of the hotels--then we were able to return to the quiet neighborhood of Paradise Found. It was perfect for us.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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doma
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

Jim and Shawna are some of the nicest people you will meet. They are gracious, helpful, and genuine. My wife and I will definitely stay with them again. We liked Aruba and our stay with them so much, we extended for another week.

As mentioned already, the snorkeling is fantastic from their house. So many fish you are swimming in the aquarium. My wife and I even saw a sea turtle on our last day!

Their B&B is very well maintained and extremely clean. As mentioned by others the posted pictures don’t do it justice.

2 big thumbs up for Jim, Shawna and Paradise Found. We miss Aruba already. A return visit to Paradise Found is a must.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia USA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2010

Wonderfully quiet neighborhood with beautiful, relaxing views away from the city traffic. Hosts were wonderful - very friendly and helpful. The ONLY reason for not wanting to give Paradise Found a total Five Star rating is the fact that I want to have a room available for our return trip!!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

My wife and I stayed at Paradise Found for two nights following 7 days at a time share. We enjoyed every minute with Jim and Shawna and would recommend their B & B to anyone who goes to Aruba. They are very hospitable and the accomodations are prefect. Most of the time, pictures make the the place look better than it actually is. Not here, the place is beautiful. We felt like we were staying with rich friends.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, OR
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

What luck to meet Shawna and Jim and get to stay at their house. They are the most hospitable hosts you could find. My partner and I felt very welcomed. they give great advice especially for reasonable fun things to do.
Across the street is access to one of the most beautiful reefs I have ever snorkeled.
I get bored easily with the large resort/hotels and lying on a beach. This was perfect. The island is so small that it iseasy to get around.
It is important that you enjoy dogs as we do. We had a great time with them.
We have traveled pretty extensively and found this to be one of our best experiences ever. I would highly recommed it

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jersey City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2009

My wife and I stayed at Paradise Found for part of our stay in Aruba. We had a great time. The owners, Jim and Shawna, are wonderful hosts. All of their restaurant recommendations were wonderful local spots that had much much better food than the resort area. They made us feel very comfortable and are truly kind people. Even after we checked out, they invited us back to snorkel in the ocean behind their house which is a prime snorkeling spot. I wholeheartedly recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2009

On our first trip to Aruba, my husband and I wanted to stay away from the low and high-rise hotel areas. We found Paradise Found and are so glad we did! Our own “private” beach, right across the street, proved to be our favorite on the entire island! There is a great dock about a 15 minute swim from the “beach” that offers amazing views and an opportunity to rest.

Though it is not close to the downtown life, there are great restaurants within walking distance or a very short drive. We ate at Marina Pirata and Flying Fish Bone, which are both very close.

The innkeepers are so wonderful, friendly, helpful, and welcoming. They made our stay even better than we imagined. They even catered to our dietary concerns for breakfast, which was delicious everyday and served on the patio with a gorgeous view. They were great in offering places to go and things to see. We especially loved the Ayo Rock Formations and the gold mine ruins. We highly recommend renting a car and going to the northern side of the island to check out the entirely different coastal area.

The room was small, but adequate and very clean. After all, you are in Aruba! Why would you hang out in your room!

After touring around the low and high-rise hotel areas, there is no where on the island we would rather stay than Paradise Found.

There is another great beach area a short walk up the street. All in all, this is a fantastic place to stay if you are looking for an off the beaten path way of visiting Aruba. The price of the room made is easy for us to have a better than vacation. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Paradise Found

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 238 | Pos Chiquito, Oranjestad, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Oranjestad
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Oranjestad
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Paradise Found Aruba/Oranjestad

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