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+1wysiwyg wrote: ↑ Palm beach is where the action is. It’s also known as the high rise area. Some hotels can be very expensive and not all are all inclusive, but restaurants are fairly cheap, especially if you go for their early bird specials (before 7). Many bars, including those on the beach, are open to everyone (via the large boardwalk) and offer happy hour specials in the late afternoon. So doing AI is not a necessity. I stayed at the Riu Antillas last time and it was amazing. Great food (especially in the buffet).
You can also get or rent a timeshare where you get a full kitchen to cook. Lots of supermarkets on this friendly and very safe island.
Getting a rental car is nice, especially if in a timeshare, but public transit is very safe and convenient on the island. They run regularly and can take you downtown or to palm beach for a few dollars. Cabs are also very safe there and all operate on the set price model. No meters and they never try to overcharge you. Many times we never asked for the rate and was still charged the same. (Beware that it’s more expensive on Sundays.
Been to Aruba 5 times and loved it each time. It’s more expensive than places like DR, but there’s no comparaison.
Feb 13th, 2018 3:52 pm
spot on.speeeeee wrote: ↑ +1
I have been 3 times myself.... I don't like Palm anymore.. too busy and since I don't do AI anymore doesn't appeal to me.
Eagle beach to me is nicer... big wide white sand.. .not as crowded. Lots of condos to rent.
Last time we rented a house near Arashi beach.. Great if you like clear water and enjoy snorkeling Plus much quieter.
Depends what you like:)
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Feb 14th, 2018 1:54 am
Yes, that was true when I was there maybe 2-3 years ago. But that’s common in many places in the Caribbean. I remember the thermostats was initially set to fan only when it was not hot enough to run in AC, which would in return just blow ambiant Air. Once I changed the setting to just off off between cycles, it was fine. The rooms were not very modern, indeed at the Antillas (adults only). Over at the Palace, it was closed while I was there so they could completely refurbish it, so it must be very nice now. One thing I forgot to say, Aruba is generally very windy, but this side of Palm beach is pretty bad.
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the tap water in Aruba is excellent and safe to drinkifixcars wrote: ↑ Thanks.
We're still figuring out of we want to do AI or jist rent and explore. Leaning towards the explore side if plane tickets are the right price. Have you done or looked into airbnb there before?
If its windy it would mean that the waters are rougher? We want to just snorkel off the beach like we did in riveria maya.
Any reataurants you would recommended looking at? Also night time what is there to do? Not really interested in clubs.
Another thing is water wise is not like other places where you can only drink bottle water right?
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I stayed at the Renaissance so we did the private island/flamingos every day. We really enjoyed it. It had shore snorkeling (on the adult/flamingo beach), could feed the flamingos (vending machine to give them some special food pellets), lots of lounge chairs with shade. Thought the restaurant on the beach was good, and food service right to the lounge chair. That said, I think it's pretty expensive for someone not staying there. It'd be top of our list to stay at again, but if we ended up at a different resort I don't think 200 USD for the two of us would be worth the day trip.Also has anyone been to the flamingo beach/ private island for the renaissance?
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