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Just returned from a week at Bucuti and Tara. I am sure there are a number of wonderful resorts in Aruba, but I would not consider staying anywhere else. While there, we ate at: West Deck, Zuzuroh, Ricardos, Pizza Bobs, and Twist of Flavors. All were very good. The weather was wonderful. Pay no attention to reports of "cloudy"...are there clouds every day? Sure. But it was hot and dry and sunny for the most part, and you are actually grateful for the few times that the clouds obscure the sun. Friendly people everywhere, and wonderful clean taxis for transportation. Feel free to ask any questions....this was our second visit and I am sure we will return.

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Sounds like a great trip! Thank you for sharing. We stayed at Bucuti on our honeymoon and loved it. Now we have a timeshare but we really enjoy dining at Elements and hope to stay at Bucuti again one year.

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Sounds like a great trip, thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for report. We are going to Bucuti in 24 days.

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Glad you had a great trip. When we started going to Aruba we stayed at the Bucuti for our first 3 trips and loved it. We now stay at the Manchebo and love it also.

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thank you

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Is this your first time there? Any questions, feel free to ask.

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Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you had such a good time

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Glad to hear you had a great trip! We are heading to Bucuti and Tara this summer for our first visit to Aruba. Can you tell me what is within walking distance as far as restaurants? We are not renting a car and will definitely check out the palm beach area (either taxi or bus) but would like to know what we can expect that is close by! Thanks : )

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There are a number of places within walking distance. We've been to Ricardos, which is at a small resort right next door to Bucuti, both last trip and this one and enjoyed both experiences. There is a casino across the street, Alhambra, and there are three restaurants there; Twist of Flavors (which we tried this time and liked), a Cuban place, and Fusion. We have not eaten at the Cuban restaurant or at Fusion. There is also Pizza Bob's (good pizza, and sometimes you just want a break from the fancier places), and Elioti's which are also pretty much across the street from the Bucuti entrance. We have not been to Elioti's but it gets good reviews on here. There are also about 4 restaurants at the Manchebo resort which is a very short walk away from Bucuti.

I would also suggest Elements at Bucuti. We did the dinner on the beach on our first trip....pricey, but excellent. But their regular menu is not overly pricey. You can expect to spend $100 to $120 for a couple for dinner (all in, including drinks and tip) and any of the nicer restaurants.

We did not rent a car for either trip. There is always a taxi in front of Bucuti, and they will get one for you. The taxis are clean and comfortable, not at all like taxis in the US. I never had ride cost more than $10.

Great happy hours at Bucuti....4 PM to 6 PM and again from 9-10 PM. They always have steel drum player during happy hour (he starts at 5 PM). All the drinks are half price, and for the afternoon happy hour they put out something for a snack. Also a great time to grab a snack from Elements.

We did ride down to the high rise district once this trip...a lot more hustle and bustle than Bucuti. Probably worth checking out to see if you like it, but it is not our preference. But no doubt others would have a different opinion.

Any other questions you have, feel free to ask. You should have a great time. I can't say enough about Bucuti; you need to experience it to understand. And the entire island is very friendly. Their motto is One Happy Island, and they live it. Enjoy!

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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