Just returned from a 4 night Easter trip. We are a family of 6, travel 4 - 5 times a year and I think I am objective when rating accomodations. We stayed in Vista 1, in 2 rooms facing the pool and beach (Rooms 207 and 209). We booked "Oceanview" but realized that there was an "Oceanfront" option right before we arrived. We could have upgraded for the last 2 days of our trip but decided that the Oceanview rooms were just fine. The rooms themselves are what we expected. They are a little worn and the bathrooms could use updating. The staff was friendly and engaging if you have questions. The food is not as bad as people report nor is it as good as people report. It is right down the middle and decent. We enjoy having drinks (alcoholic) while on the beach and for this alone, it was worth being at an all inclusive. The kids loved the self serve ice cream and frozen drinks they prepared at the bar. We awoke every morning at 6:45 and went out to secure one of the grass umbrellas to use for the day. The beach and water were wonderful and very similar to the Destin - Watercolor beaches of Northwest Florida. We walked down to the Tamarijn everyday just to check it out and the walk along the beach was short and pleasant. All in all, this is a great place to relax and enjoy some beach time. But just remember to arrive at the Aruba airport at least 2 1/2 - 3 hours before your return flight. You clear US Customs in Aruba so you have multiple security and passport checks while getting to your gate. We are planning on returning next year.
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