At first I was hesitant to book this hotel, but in retrospect I couldn't have picked better. It is not on the beach which seems like a drawback, but in reality it is an asset. Most of the hotels in Aruba are concentrated on a 1/2 mile of beach, which means all the tourists are concentrated on a 1/2 mile of beach. But there are many great beaches, and we visited ones where at most there were only a few dozen people, most locals. (look at photos I posted) Because paradera park gives you beach chairs and a cooler you can go to any beach you want. We even took our chairs to the beach in front of the Hyatt one day. Because all beaches are public, you can go to any beach you want, including the beach at the hotels where the rooms are $300/night. ( We also jumped in their pool, how would they know we weren't staying there?).
At the end of a day on the beach, we looked forward to returning to the hotel and sitting around the pool where it was quite tranquil. After visiting the hotel zone twice we never went back due to the crowds.
You will need a car. We rented a Jeep from Royal Rental for $250 week. It was kind of beat up, but who cares. We just put the top down for the entire week and drove around the island. If you go you should visit: Baby beach, national park (nice isolated beaches where you can sit and dunk in water but not swim), lighthouse (there is also a nice beach with reef right before lighthouse).
Because the rooms have kitchens you can cook. We bought things for breakfast and sat on our patio each morning. We also made lunches for the beach and packed some beer. This saved us over $300 not having to eat out. If you do eat out, avoid the hotel zone. They are just chain restaurants you can eat in anywhere (Hooters, Hard Rock Cafe, etc.) Avoid Brazilian steakhouse it's a ripoff. Try Madame Jeannets (about $100 for 2) and the one we like best B55, which was about $50/2) Both are about a 10 minute drive from hotel.
In summary, if you want to stay in crowded and expensive hotel with wall to wall people go to hotel zone. If you want a more authentic Aruba experience at half the price stay at Paradera Park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When in search of an intimate oasis in Aruba that combines boutique charm with an easy access location, Paradera Park delivers this and much more. The award winning resort is commended for unobtrusive service, immaculate property and rooms, range of amenities, and quiet but central location, this hidden gem is the perfect place for a vacation or business trip to Aruba. The recently renovated accommodations are fully equipped, spacious, offer every comfort of home, and all for an affordable rate. Paradera Park is found in the heart of Aruba, just a 5 minute drive from the capital Oranjestad, and a 10 minute drive to most beaches, sites of interest and restaurants. For those who want to discover the island, this apartment hotel is the perfect perch for exploration. The 17 room resort opened 20 years ago; the history as a family business means personal, expert service and an abundance of features. Guest services include in-room WIFI, daily housekeeping, beach chairs, beach towels & cooler, Reception with Front Desk for tours & activities. Mature tropical gardens, sun decks, cabanas, hammocks, settees and lounge chairs, are expertly arranged throughout the property and at the large pool. Hidden hammocks give guests a quiet abode and the lush tropical gardens with cleared walking paths are always fun to explore. Paradera Park is locally referred to as ‘the Tropical Oasis’ and has every amenity to ensure guest stays are comfortable, customized and convenient. ... more less
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