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    restaurant attire

    We are heading to Aruba for our 3rd trip next week and staying at the Holiday Inn with the AI. We are traveling with 2 kids (6 and 10). While we plan to mostly eat at the hotel we may venture out to a restaurant or 2 here or there throughout the week. What I would like to know is what is the attire like at most restaurants? Do we need to bring pants/dress shirts for the kids, or myself for that matter? One restaurant I know we will visit is the Pelican's Nest at the Holiday Inn.

    Any help would be appreciated since I know we won't be doing any romantic dinners as my wife and I did on our honey moon and 10 year anniversary previous visits lol.

    Rich

    PS: Can't wait for this week to stop dragging and board the plane next Tuesday for Paradise!!!
    Last edited by richfallon; 07-19-2012 at 03:53 PM.

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    Senior Member sbatjc's Avatar
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    Have a blast! No need for dress pants... Cargo shorts or Dockers shorts are fine with a button down at nicer places. Cargo shorts and t-shirts are perfect for casual places. Very chill!

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    Perfect thanks! Thats kind of what I figured, but it has been 6 years since being here and wanted to make sure everything did not change with the "times"

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    Never brought dress pants and never will. You'll be fine anyplace you go.

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    No way, very casual attire....enjoy..








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    First, I've never heard of customers being turned away from a restaurant for inappropriate dress. Arubans are too courteous and want your money. That doesn't mean whatever you wear is OK. You really should consider the restaurant you're visiting.

    When we first went to Aruba, one element of the "dress code" travel tips was not to go out in your bathing suit as it was considered rude by Arubans. Walking around Oranjestad in and out of shops, you see Arubans dressed well. Men wear slacks and shirts (usually long sleeve) and women are in dresses or suits. I just mention this to point out that personal appearance is important to Arubans. Perhaps it's the European influence.

    I'm older (retired) so grew up with a more formal dress code than the average younger person. In high end restaurants I wear casual slacks and a collared shirt such as a Hawaiian shirt or polo. In casual restaurants I'm comfortable with shorts and a polo. My wife will wear a tropical dress or nice slacks and a top.

    That's my perspective. Yours may vary.

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    Good Thoughts! I should add that if you want to dress up a little that it would totally be your prerogative. Many people do use it as an opportunity to "dress up" for nice dinners out. Now my wife looks like a knock out every night we go out... I am just chill on vacations...



    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    First, I've never heard of customers being turned away from a restaurant for inappropriate dress. Arubans are too courteous and want your money. That doesn't mean whatever you wear is OK. You really should consider the restaurant you're visiting.

    When we first went to Aruba, one element of the "dress code" travel tips was not to go out in your bathing suit as it was considered rude by Arubans. Walking around Oranjestad in and out of shops, you see Arubans dressed well. Men wear slacks and shirts (usually long sleeve) and women are in dresses or suits. I just mention this to point out that personal appearance is important to Arubans. Perhaps it's the European influence.

    I'm older (retired) so grew up with a more formal dress code than the average younger person. In high end restaurants I wear casual slacks and a collared shirt such as a Hawaiian shirt or polo. In casual restaurants I'm comfortable with shorts and a polo. My wife will wear a tropical dress or nice slacks and a top.

    That's my perspective. Yours may vary.

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