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... away from these stalls with money in your pocket is to go in with a large fortune and come out with a small fortune.
We did find one shop with something of interest and after looking at several items, we settled on one. When I went to pay, horror of horrors, my small purse with the cash was gone. Nowhere to be found. I searched everywhere as did Doug. We had reserves so we paid for the item and left but I wasn’t ...
... looked to be a ringer because when practicing he got two holes in one. But over the course of the game Omar, Hugo and Bruno's team was more consistent and ended up winning.
After lunch of hotdogs we headed back to the pool and play area. Omar and Marco played shuffle board which was LOTS of fun. Meanwhile Hugo and Bruno played checkers on a huge checkerboard set near by.
We wrapped up our pool ...
... ate dinner at that time, we resorted to ordering drinks while one of my companions asked for the typical Filipino desert, halo-halo. Feeling dismayed about the opportunity to eat a meal there, we decided to return. The second time around we indulged in some fried snapper, fried tilapia, and "si****ng" with rice. Again, halo-halo was ordered for desert. As it turns out, the owner of the Filipino restaurant was the first Filipina ...
... at Gilligan's (Spending the $50 of our $100 hotel credit) at the hotel with a nice view of the Beach.
At night the Allen's hosted an amazing 2 hour sunset Catamaran cruise complete with open bar and music. This needless to say was a ton of fun and such a beautiful ride. We continued the party back at the pier...though Chris and I did sneak off for a 1/2 hour to the casino to watch the A's v Tiger's game until it ...
... their current position on a map. Anyway, I appeared to be the fittest on board, despite the RA.
The first place we stopped was a cactus garden with some huge rocks. There was a viewpoint up loads of rock steps where you could see 75% of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paradera Park
Paradera Park was like an oasis in the middle of a beautiful island. The property is spotless and the gardens are lush and perfectly maintained. If you are looking for the services of a +++* resort but want absolute tranquility and privacy - this is the place to be. Our room was well appointed and the apartment is central to the island. A car is a must and provides so much more opportunities to explore the island with freedom. It was a wonderful service, which Paradera Park arranged for a driver to meet us at the airport, take us to the property and then on to the car rental location. We were out of the airport and sipping wine by the pool in less than an hour. Debby has a very good understanding of the local restaurants (and seems to be able to work magic with reservations). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would, without hesitation, recommend this spot. Say hello to Jamie, the resident beagle who provides great entertainment. Enjoy your stay,,,,,Susan and Paul, Ontario Canada
Paradera Park Rocks!
Paradera Park Apartments rocks! We had a great time in Aruba.
We trusted others on this site to advise us on where to stay in Aruba. What folks have already written came true for us as well. Just to add on to the past 10 reviews:
Our flight was late and after dark. Despite this, the rental car folks that Debby set us up were there at the airport waiting. They led us directly to Paradera Park Apts. where Debby had stayed up on a Saturday night to greet us (with a Balashi beer!). She answered a ton of questions and gave us great local tips right then. This start paved the way to a great vacation. Posted office hours are just 18 hours/week, IIRC, but Debby and Henk will go out of their way for their guests.
Our studio apartment on the second floor was clean, comfortable and the perfect size for the two of us. We were out on our balcony quite a bit, fruity rum drinks in hand, looking over the beautiful courtyard and even a bit of unusually green countryside.
We didn't really cook in the kitchen - too many great restaurant choices on vacation. Our kitchen didn't have an oven, but did have a toaster oven. The coffeemaker works well; get your own ground coffee and basket filters.
The compimentary beach set was great! Load up the cooler with beverages & ice, jump in the rental car and hit the beach! We went everywhere.
Debby managed to get us on the Tranquilo with a last-minute busy-season reservation. It was just as described by the Paradera Park Apartments review on December 6, 2005. We'd recommend it. I'm no snorkeler, but the advanced drift snorkelling was easy and there were beautiful schools of fish. Anthony and Gregory were very good to us. Did I mention they have Balashi & rum punch on the boat?
We brought the bug spray, but it stayed in our luggage.
Debby and Henk are very happy to have been listed in the Top Values of the Caribbean by this web site. They are also very deserving. It was wonderful and we're going back - soon!
Paradera was Great
We spend a week at the Paradera Park Apts. over the New Years Holiday. We couldn't have been more pleased. Of course, the apartments were very clean and attention had been paid to the detail. They are not like the luxury all inclusive hotels, but that's not what we wanted.
The pool and garden were lovely. The owners were extrememly helpful with dinner reservations and sight seeing trips.
We have visited Aruba several times and will return again to the Paradera Park Apts.
A great place to stay
We just returned from our honeymoon in Aruba and the Paradera Apartments was a true find. Debbie and Hank are the perfect hosts. Mary, the housekeeper, keeps the rooms and the grounds very clean. The studio was plenty of room for 2 people. The kitchen had anything you would need for vacation cooking.
It is a very calm and relaxing place. All the action and sites of Aruba are close at hand with a car.
They arranged a rental car for us, suggested wonderful places to eat and at our request, made reservations before we even arrived for 2 of the best restaurants on the island.
It was a friendly, clean, comfortable, reasonably priced place to stay. But it is the little details that are so well thought out and delivered in such an unfussy manner that make the place special.
Just a general note on Aruba: bring bug spray if you tend to get bit!
The raves are true!
I spent 6 nights here at the beginning of November, based entirely on reviews posted here. I can only echo all the positive comments. The hosts were marvelous--very friendly and full of practical information. The grounds are beautiful and well kept; especially loved the pool. Stayed in a studio with my boyfriend, and there was plenty of space for two. The beach chairs and cooler provided allowed us to explore more isolated beaches in comfort. You'll need a car, but it's worth it to enjoy the less-developed areas of the island.
Insofar as Tranquilo cruise, recommended by another poster, our trip was at capacity, about 14 people. Sail is pleasant, but there's only half hour stop for snorkeling, with an additional 20-minute "drift dive" for the more advanced. Paradera Park, however, is tops and an excellent value, too.
The best week in Aruba
We have booked our trip to Aruba in August and read all the wonderful reviews from other visitors about Paradera Park Apartments. We were very excited. Well, it was all true and more! We were greeted by Debby, Henk and immediately felt at home away from home. The studio was more than enough for the two of us. It was always clean. We loved having our own little kitchen and ate our breakfast every morning on the patio overlooking the beautiful palm trees where lots of birds and iguanas live. They provided us with hours of entertainment. Our hosts were full of knowledge about the island and gave us excellent tips on what to see, where to go to the supermarket, and what restaurants would suit our desires. For the 6 days that we lived at Paradera we just felt so relaxed and taken care of which is exactly what we wanted to feel on our vacation. Debby and Henk (and Jaime) we thank you for a wonderful, extraordinary experience and we will be back one day! (probably with lots of friends and family members so get ready).
It's in very good hands
Ingrid and Frank have passed on the management to their lovely daughter Debbie and gentleman Hank with excellent results.For four weeks I enjoyed all the comforts of Paradera Park with the added benefits of thoughtful and highly motivated owners.The rooms are very confortable, cleaned daily by a honest and consciencious maid and located in a safe and user friendly section of Aruba.Although a car is mandatory you are centrally located(10 minutes) to all the beaches and much closer to the other intresting tourist destinations.The place is quite with a very inviting pool, surrounded by lush palm trees and plants.It is great to have a safe in the room and 24 hour internet access.The price is much better then other places who try to trick you with a price that is actually per person double occupancy. This price is for the room regardless if there is one or two people.You will enjoy the feeling that your vacation is most important to them. When I return to Aruba I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Just Returned From 10 Day Stay
Just got back a few hours ago from a ten day stay in Aruba at the Paradera Park Apts. What a great place and a wonderful value!
As mentioned in previous reviews, you DEFINITELY need a car when staying at this place, but that becomes one of the strong points. In the ten days we were on the island, we got to see more of it than those we met who were staying at either the high rise or low rise areas. Ingrid runs a clean and relaxing place. (She helped with the car arrangment, as well as several excursion and restaurant reservations. More on that later...) Plus, we were able to save $$ not only because Paradera Park Apts. are already a great deal to begin with, but we utilized the kitchenette and cooked several meals ourselves. There are plenty of nearby supermarkets where you can stock up on food.
The deck and pool area were clean, quiet, and top notch. Every room had a balcony also where you could relax. All rooms had a kitchenette, TV, phone, safe, etc. Daily maid service except on Sunday. The only small drawback is that I would have preferred a slightly firmer mattress.
But here is the best review I can give for the Paradera Park Apts... We only booked one week at Paradera Park, with the intention of getting to the island and checking out some of the beachfront places for the last three days. After seeing what was available (as well as the outrageous prices, even in the current low season, ) we decided to extend our stay at Paradera Park the extra three days, (as well as the rental car,) and spend the extra money on more excursions and fine dining. Great choice on our part!
Excursions: We did the following and I highly recommend each:
1) Scuba Diving: We went diving with S.E. Aruba Fly n'Dive, located at Havana Beach near the airport. Great diving off a Zodiac. Jane C. wreck was beautiful and uncrowded. The second dive was the reef near the Jane C. Awesome.
2) Helicopter Tour: A must. A bit pricey (like, $99 with coupon for 1/2 hour tour,) but worth the $. Try to go during the beginning of your trip so you can see the entire island and decide where you want to go.
3) Tranquilo Sailboat Tour: This was an Ingrid recommendation, and I still can't get over it. 6 hour tour, including lunch and snorkelling at Anthony's private island. Don't be fooled by the big snorkel tours advertised throughout town. THIS is the one you want. We had a total of six people on this wonderful boat, and the big boats had about 75+ people on them.
4) Madame Jeanette: Another Ingrid suggestion. Beautiful fine dining. We had the lobster, steak, and shrimp combo. Delicious.
5) Museum Tour: We had a personal guide. Great small museum. Very informative.
We did tons more. Email if you have specific questions
So much better than downtown!
My husband and I went to Aruba to work and vacation! We forgot to print out the directions.....so we were lost for about an hour ....but we had fun just being lost! People wanted to help but there is really no rhyme or reason to the addresses in Aruba....even the locals can't figure it out! But we finally found our way....Ingrid gave us a map and a quick lesson on "how not to get lost"! (We still got lost....I am not a very good navigator!)
Our room was clean and we loved our private patio. We stay for 4 nights and then transfered hotels to the RENAISSANCE....to be closer "to work". We missed Paradera Park Apartments. The renaissance was everything it is suppose to be - but in our opinion it was more fun to stay in Paradera and go to the "local" beaches, get away from the hustle, and just enjoy being in Aruba!!! If you are going for the nightlife stay downtown - if you are going to relax and just "get lost" go to Paradera it's perfect!!!!!
Absolutely the best
We recently spent two weeks at Paradera Park apartments. having been to Aruba 15 times before and having always stayed at the large hotels, this was a hidden gem. About 8 minutes by car from both Eagle and Palm beaches, Paradera Park is a small (14 unit) two story building. The grounds around the pool were beautiful. Ingrid will go out of her way to help you with any of your requests. We must also put in a thanks to Mary the housekeeper who works non-stop. The rooms were always immaculate. Mary added nice touches to our balcony by adding seat cushions and tablecloth to the table and chairs on the balcony. As well, the price is right! Around $105 including taxes per night. The only drawback is you must have a car. Ingrid can arrange rentals for $199/week through Value Car Rental.
But don't let that bother you. The driving is easy in Aruba, at least easy to get around. It's hard to get lost.
All in all, we would highly recommend this establishment. If you want peace and quiet and not the constant din of the larger hotels, this is the place.