I am generally NOT a creature of impulse (especially with travel, and especially when parting with large sums of money), but last month I got an e-mail from Divi Carina Bay touting a very good rate and "pulled the trigger" for a four-night stay at the end of August for my husband and me.
We have been to Aruba many times, Bermuda twice (and love both), both coasts of Mexico (I love, my husband notsomuch) and St. Maarten (meh).
I did a bit of "review reading" for Carina Bay and we have stayed in other Divi properties, so I am NOT expecting a five-star experience. When we visit a new island, we like to take a half-day tour just to get the lay of the land. We aren't worried about restaurants because our stay is all-inclusive (we tend to do AI on first visits). Newcomers to Aruba who opt for all-inclusive get shot out of the saddle because there is such a plethora of great places to eat there, but we are aware that we are traveling at a time when many places close for vacation or renovation and just want to have a slothful four days on a beach.
Can anyone recommend a half-day tour operator? Any other advice for first timers? Thank you!