I have been meaning to write this review since we returned home from Aruba this past November. It was our first trip to Aruba and our first time using VRBO so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. Needless to say, My Husband and I and our 3 year old son had a wonderful stay. Lisa (the owner) was very pleasant and helpful, promptly answering any of our questions and concerns. The unit was very clean and nicely furnished with full kitchen supplies. We purchased our groceries at Superfoods (a huge store, well stocked with a diverse food selection). Traveling as a family it was nice to have a peaceful morning breakfast then we would pack our cooler with snacks and drinks and load into the rental car right outside the unit for a day of exploring and relaxation. We had no trouble finding parking at any of the beaches and it was free (though we were traveling in early November). The grounds were well landscaped with a community pool and BBQ area only a stones throw from our unit. The property maintenance staff and gate staff were all very friendly. After exploring many parts of the island including the high-rise area and the low rise Eagle beach area, I feel we made the best choice staying in the Gold Coast. Although this unit is not right on the beach, if you have a rental car the location is perfect….close to everything yet peaceful and relaxing. Although Eagle Beach is by far the largest swimming beach with wonderful sand and gorgeous water, I think one of my favorite spots was the tiny little cove beach (Boca Catalina) just a 1-2min drive from the unit were you could enjoy both snorkeling and swimming. Although, you will want to get there pretty early in the morning to secure one of there few shade umbrellas. Late morning, it is a popular spot for snorkeling excursions and you will see many catamarans moored just off shore. We also loved Arashi beach a little further north just before California light house. This beach was a little rocky in spots but still great for swimming and not nearly as busy as Eagle and Palm beaches.
We highly recommend this place and would love to return in the future! Thanks Lisa and sorry again for the delayed review.