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    OK, another question! Been looking at hotel rates etc through trip advisor just to get a ball park and for some reason it's just giving me room rates and not letting me book flights also.. I went to that aruba4u.com link and it had the MCM tour agency? would it be a good idea to use an agent? At least just for the hotel and airfare?

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    YES aruba4you.MCM (same company) will book air and hotel......


    are you looking at 2018 ? there are no published airfares yet for 2018.
    airfares for many are published about 330 days from travel date. some, Jet Blue and Southwest book 8 or 9 months out.
    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    OK, another question! Been looking at hotel rates etc through trip advisor just to get a ball park and for some reason it's just giving me room rates and not letting me book flights also.. I went to that aruba4u.com link and it had the MCM tour agency? would it be a good idea to use an agent? At least just for the hotel and airfare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    OK, another question! Been looking at hotel rates etc through trip advisor just to get a ball park and for some reason it's just giving me room rates and not letting me book flights also.. I went to that aruba4u.com link and it had the MCM tour agency? would it be a good idea to use an agent? At least just for the hotel and airfare?
    Sometimes I will use cheapcaribbean.com to get a ballpark for flight and hotel, but then I actually use the airline website and hotel website to book direct. Kayak is another great site to compare prices, but southwest flights will not show up here so you have to search them separately.

    With your budget, you may want to consider and oceanfront room at Holiday Inn. You won't be in the room much but the oceanfront balconies are perfect views in a great location. Oceanfront at Holiday Inn is usually around the same price as a standard Hilton room. Don't do all inclusive at Holiday Inn though, not worth it! We honeymooned at Holiday Inn. Its nothing like the Bucuti, but the money you save gives you more choices for dinners and activities.

    For an all-inclusive vs. not comparison, assume that you will spend $200-250 per day in food and drinks, This will be a mix of casual and nice restaurants and some do-it-yourself drinks on the beach with a soft-sided cooler.

    Do an open bar snorkel tour, something like Jolly Pirates or DePalm Palm Pleasure.
    ABC tours are great, but the full day is a long day. I recommend the 1/2 day with a visit to the natural pool.
    We use taxis mostly, but did rent a jeep for a day of exploring on our most recent trip. Side by side atvs are another fun option for touring the island on your own. I liked the group tour to learn more about the culture and details about what I was seeing the first time around.

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    Just 2017, since as you know it wont book out to 2018. just wanted a ball park. I'm actually very particular about the airline, I only fly United/continental.. just a thing with me... And Aruba is east coast time all year round?
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    YES aruba4you.MCM (same company) will book air and hotel......


    are you looking at 2018 ? there are no published airfares yet for 2018.
    airfares for many are published about 330 days from travel date. some, Jet Blue and Southwest book 8 or 9 months out.

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    How bad was the holiday in?

    I'm liking this atv tour thing, where is that? or do you just rent an atv?



    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Sometimes I will use cheapcaribbean.com to get a ballpark for flight and hotel, but then I actually use the airline website and hotel website to book direct. Kayak is another great site to compare prices, but southwest flights will not show up here so you have to search them separately.

    With your budget, you may want to consider and oceanfront room at Holiday Inn. You won't be in the room much but the oceanfront balconies are perfect views in a great location. Oceanfront at Holiday Inn is usually around the same price as a standard Hilton room. Don't do all inclusive at Holiday Inn though, not worth it! We honeymooned at Holiday Inn. Its nothing like the Bucuti, but the money you save gives you more choices for dinners and activities.

    For an all-inclusive vs. not comparison, assume that you will spend $200-250 per day in food and drinks, This will be a mix of casual and nice restaurants and some do-it-yourself drinks on the beach with a soft-sided cooler.

    Do an open bar snorkel tour, something like Jolly Pirates or DePalm Palm Pleasure.
    ABC tours are great, but the full day is a long day. I recommend the 1/2 day with a visit to the natural pool.
    We use taxis mostly, but did rent a jeep for a day of exploring on our most recent trip. Side by side atvs are another fun option for touring the island on your own. I liked the group tour to learn more about the culture and details about what I was seeing the first time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    OK, another question! Been looking at hotel rates etc through trip advisor just to get a ball park and for some reason it's just giving me room rates and not letting me book flights also.. I went to that aruba4u.com link and it had the MCM tour agency? would it be a good idea to use an agent? At least just for the hotel and airfare?
    Talk to Guy Gemore at MCM.... he'll be able to take care of air and hotel for you...... we've used him for 8-10 years now and can't say enough good.... others here have used these folks as well.

    Tracey is spot on with daily budget for food and drinks for a mix of restaurants.

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    aruba's time is currently the same as east coast usa.
    when we fall back in the fall, aruba stays the same..they do not move forward or back.

    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    Just 2017, since as you know it wont book out to 2018. just wanted a ball park. I'm actually very particular about the airline, I only fly United/continental.. just a thing with me... And Aruba is east coast time all year round?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    How bad was the holiday in?

    I'm liking this atv tour thing, where is that? or do you just rent an atv?
    Holiday Inn is actually pretty nice, it's not like a roadside motel or anything. They have bellmen (super nice) and a concierge. There is a lobby bar, a pool bar, and 2 pools. Is it the nicest, no. Are the grounds luxurious, no. Is it a great value in a great location with a nice beach, yes. The rooms were recently refurbished in the last few years. The only downside would be more kids than you would probably like. But unless you go to Bucuti, Rui Antillas, or Marriott Tradewinds level, everywhere else you will have kids. But honestly for the price and location, you can't beat it. Marriott Tradewinds level would be another option to look into, but more pricey but some food and drinks may be included.

    As for the ATV, we rented privately from a company called George's Cycles and toured around on our own with a simple map and pre-trip research on google earth. They picked us up and dropped us back off at the hotel. The have 1/2 day and full day options (about $200). On the side by sides, you can sit next to each other and talk and I felt safer than a regular 4-wheeler. We did not go to the Natural Pool on our own. I would only do that with a tour (not everyone agrees, but it is a tricky ride for experienced riders). If you prefer an organized tour, DePalm Tours has a UTV tour and there is another company Aruba Sunrise Tours that does a more personalized utv tour. We haven't done either of these but have seen good reviews of both.

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    i do not think that i have ever seen a bad review here on the forum of the holiday inn

    although it is not as over the top pretty as the hyatt.......it is lovely enough, clean and on a great stretch of beach.
    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    How bad was the holiday in?

    I'm liking this atv tour thing, where is that? or do you just rent an atv?

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    I like Tracey's number for daily expenses as well. Like she said, it will allow you to go fancy some days and inexpensive others.

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