Aruba Trip Reports
Our Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Trip Report Christmas & New Years 2007
Upon check-in you will receive a packet of information which includes a list of resort activities. There was a wide variety of things to do at the Tamarijn. The activities center-towel hut was open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our family’s main use was to pick up towels and floats. Most days we exchanged our towels for fresh ones late in the day when our time at the beach was over. This way when dh went out early in the a.m. to sit under the palapa waiting for the rest of the family to awaken he always had fresh towels. The most popular activities seemed to be bingo poolside as well as t-shirt tie-dying. My 18 year old niece was one of only three to participate in the beer drinking contest and though she lost, she still received a t-shirt. My brother and the kids took the bicycles out for a spin one morning and one afternoon he took a ride down to Palm Beach and back. There were always a ton of sign up sheets: pizza making, t-shirt cutting (presumably the ones you had tie-dyed earlier), Aruba Aloe Factory Tour, bicycle tour to snorkel and more. There
was a minimal fee for some of them and you need to sign up in advance for all of them. Activities like the beer drinking contest and pool volleyball etc were more spontaneous, though scheduled and did not require sign up.
The Divi Sports Center at the end of
building 1100 was the spot where you could sign up to take out Sunfish sailboats, kayaks and windsurfers. Clinics were offered here as well. In addition this was the pick up spot for snorkeling gear: fins, masks and snorkels. Gear was in good shape, and they were nice enough to allow us to keep the gear overnight in order to head out first thing in the morning to snorkel rather than having to wait until they opened at 9 a.m. There were many people, including us, who attempted snorkeling the waters off of the Tamarijn to discover there is nothing to see, except some schools of small fish, mostly, fish I believe, are called silversides. My brother and nephew some saw critters down past the
Bunker Bar near the pipes in the water. The next day my brother went back with dh and myself in tow and we saw nothing. I swear if I had not read on the internet that other people had seen things here I would have never believed him. The rock climbing tower at the center was open 4 hours a day and the adjacent fitness center was open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Besides live music nightly, night time activities at both the
Tamarijn offered a nightly theme which rotated. These theme shows included: Salsa, Waterballet, Salsarengue, Karaoke, Limbo and contest, Latin Dance,
Carnival Dance show which was the best show I have ever seen on the island. On the beach there was an 8:30 p.m. movie one night for adults and another night at 7:30 p.m. a movie for children. Chaise lounges are lined up and positioned facing a large white screen affixed to the front of the Divi Sports Center. Another night there was a kids disco complete with clowns!