Post # 1
I’m planning our next vacation, and I think Aruba might be the place!
What’s the best location on the island (Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, etc.)? Has anyone gone the NOT all-inclusive route? Is it possible to do this trip for $4000 total with airfare?
Any advice or tips appreciated, thanks!
Post # 3
I went with my family when I was young. I was 14. I absolutely LOVED aruba! Can not recommend it enough! We did not do the all inclusive route. I believe we stayed at la cabana. It was very nice. There are pros and cons to an all inclusive resort.
As for the beach. You must go to baby beach. We went there 3 times during the week. it is absolutely breathtaking!
Post # 4
I LOVE Aruba. The weather is amazing… it’s hot and sunny all day but there is a lovely breeze so you never feel disgustingly hot. I’ve stayed in two different places on the island. I went with my husband and stayed at the Marriot Rennaisance downtown and I have been with my family and stayed at the Aruba Marriot Resort on Palm Beach. Both hotels were amazing and we didn’t do all inclusive at either place. It really depends on what you are looking for. If you really want to enjoy local spots and hit the bars then staying downtown is great. The awesome thing about the Renaissance is that they have a private island right off the coast and they run shuttle boats all day so you can still get in beach time. If you really just want to relax on the beach and do water sport type of stuff then Palm Beach is definitely where you want to be. And all the restaurants and things like that which are aimed at tourists are in the Palm Beach area which is great. The one thing you MUST do when you are there is visit the natural pool. Getting there is a pain in the butt (you can only take 4 x 4’s up the mountain) but it is sooooo worth it.
Post # 6
Aruba is amazing, my Future Sister-In-Law has a time share there so they frequent it. They always boast about how the weather there is so amazing all yr round, yet they went this past September and it rained the entire week. So you may want to avoid hurricane season even though they aren’t in the hurricane belt. Is an expensive vacation went with my Fiance in 2009 and even though we were using my Future Sister-In-Law time share we still spent close to 2,000 on the vacation not including the airfare.
Post # 7
I have! I have!! I loved it! They have a “high rise” and a “low rise” side to the island. I liked the high rise side better. It’s the side with the Hyatt, Radisson, etc. You must go to the restaurant near the lighthouse at sunset- beautiful!!AND the food was good! It was very easy to travel around the island. We took the bus to most places, including the grocery store. I second Baby Beach, it was really fun and shallow, great for snorkeling.
Post # 8
Aruba is a gorgeous island with beautiful beaches! And, as many have already said, it’s easy to get around, so we usually recommend not going the all-inclusive route if you can help it. As far as Eagle vs. Palm Beach, it really depends on what you’re looking for. Palm Beach is the high-rise area with more to do as far as nightlife. But if you’re looking for a quieter, more intimate experience, then Eagle Beach might be a better fit.
Post # 9
Can anyone recommend a good non-all inclusive? How close is the beach to downtown and how much are meals on average (lunch and dinner) if you don’t do all inclusive? How big is the downtown restaurant/shopping wise?