My last Blog entry spoke about a forthcoming trip to Aruba. Unfortunately, that never happened. The spike in Covid cases in the USA and some minor health issues along with my age (as well as everyone in my life trying to convince me not to go) caused me to cancel that trip. Thank you to United Airlines for their refund policy without penalty. So instead of talking today about my travel experience, I’m choosing to talk about one of the most important considerations one needs to make when travelling to Aruba, where to eat!
A lot of people go to Aruba and choose their restaurants while on the island, we used to do that, but over the last few years we’ve been having a lot of fun choosing our restaurants a week or two before our travel date. This gives us the ability to make those hard to make dinner reservations at the most popular island restaurants, and now with the pandemic, making sure that our favorite restaurants are opened. A friend of mine once said that Aruba has more great restaurants per capita than any place in the world. This Blog entry is not a restaurant review, although I may do that one day, but a schedule of eating great food and can’t miss restaurants on the island. I recommend that you check the Websites of these restaurants and call no more than 20-days and no less than 10 days before arrival to make your dinner reservations. Universally lunch and breakfast do not need reservations. You should also check the restaurant menu out just in case there is nothing to your liking. Use an application like WhatsApp or Skype to connect with the restaurants.
Renting a car for your stay is highly recommended giving you the freedom to eat, shop, and explore at your leisure. Rent your car before your trip to ensure the lowest rental costs. We always rent a car for our stay; you end up saving a lot of money versus taking Taxis everywhere. (Although their pricing is government controlled).
In our imaginary Sunday to Sunday vacation we have 7 Dinners,Lunches, andBreakfasts. I’m also assuming that you are staying at a hotel, timeshare, or condo like Anabui 6 at Tierra Del Sol somewhere between the lighthouse and Oranjestad. Of course, based upon your touring plans you would switch days and restaurants around to suit your needs.
If your condo or timeshare has a kitchen, you should plan a first day visit to either Superfood located on the main road towards Palm Beach at Bubali 141-A, Noord. (https://www.superfoodaruba.com/home) or Ling and Sons, SchlotlandStraat #41, Oranjestad. (https://www.lingandsons.com) These supermarkets will remind you of the stores back home with many American and European brands for sale. You can save some money by eating some meals in the room. And don’t forget those all-important snacks (love double stuffed Oreos on vacation!). And remember to bring your own reusable bags for your groceries!
This list of restaurants represents our favorite places to eat on the island. Please check with the restaurant to make sure that the menu and prices are appropriate to your tastes, budget and are open.
|Sunday Dinner||Salt & Pepper by the high rise hotels||Light Meal on Travel Day – Tapas||https://www.yummyaruba.com/restaurants/salt-and-pepper|
|Monday Breakfast||Linda’s Dutch Pancakes. By the high rise hotels||Recommended by a resident||https://www.lindas-aruba.com/|
|Monday Lunch||Pelican Pier: between Playa Linda and Holiday Inn||Park at Holiday Inn||https://www.pelican-aruba.com/eat-drink/|
|Monday Dinner||Chalet Suisse||A favorite||https://www.chaletsuisse-aruba.com/|
|Tuesday Breakfast||Salt & Pepper||Our choice for the best breakfast||https://www.yummyaruba.com/restaurants/salt-and-pepper|
|Tuesday Lunch||The Restaurant at Tierra Del Sol||Located on the way to the Lighthouse||https://www.tierradelsol.com/dining/|
|Tuesday Dinner||Madam Janette||Out of the way but worth it!||https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147249-d1060191-Reviews-Madame_Janette-Palm_Eagle_Beach_Aruba.html|
|Wednesday Breakfast||Dutch Pancake House||Renaissance Marketplace, downtown||https://www.thedutchpancakehouse.com/|
|Wednesday Lunch||Local||Lunch in your room or at your hotel|
|Wednesday Dinner||Wacky Wahoo||Make reservations 10 days before arrival, call between 4-5.||https://www.facebook.com/Wacky-Wahoos-278125168880426/|
|Thursday Breakfast||Explore something New||Breakfast in your room, on the road, or at your hotel.||Google Search: top breakfast spots in Aruba|
|Thursday Lunch||MoomBa Beach Bar and Restaurant||Located on Palm Beach between the Marriot and Holiday Inn||https://www.yummyaruba.com/restaurants/moomba-beach|
|Thursday Dinner||Flying Fishbone||Served in the water an experience! But quite a drive.||https://www.flyingfishbone.com/|
|Friday Breakfast||Salt & Pepper||Of Course! Our favorite.||https://www.yummyaruba.com/restaurants/salt-and-pepper|
|Friday Lunch||Café the Plaza||Renaissance Marketplace, downtown||https://www.yummyaruba.com/restaurants/cafe-the-plaza|
|Friday Dinner||Gostoso||A new favorite of ours. You may need to call several times to get them to answer the phone.||https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147248-d1882524-Reviews-Gostoso-Oranjestad_Aruba.html|
|Saturday Breakfast||Explore Something New||Breakfast in your room, on the road, or at your hotel.||Google search: top breakfast spots in Aruba|
|Saturday Lunch||Pelican Pier||Worth repeating||https://www.pelican-aruba.com/eat-drink/|
|Saturday Dinner||Quinta Del Carmen||Nice splurge for your last night on the island.||http://www.quintadelcarmen.com/main/|
|Sunday Breakfast||Breakfast at your hotel||Quick getaway day.||Google Search (for example): tierra del sol Aruba dining|
|Sunday Lunch||Freshii||Located close to the departure gate.||https://www.airportaruba.com/restaurants-and-bars/freshii-51|
By following our recommended restaurant schedule you can’t go wrong! If you are staying longer, visit these other delicious restaurants in Oranjestad- Driftwood, Wilhemina, and Yemanja Woodfired Grill. Let me know how it works for you. And write us back with your favorite Aruba eating places.
Eric and Cindy
Owners of Anabui 6 at Tierra Del Sol