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    1st trip to Aruba in September, need suggestions

    Hi,

    Last minute time off Labor Day and will be traveling for my first time to Aruba Sept 4-9.

    I'd like suggestions on where to stay, what to do, where to eat :-)

    I'm 40, my friend traveling with me is 40. We'd like something reasonably priced, with easy beach access. We'd like to do a lot of snorkeling while we are there. My friend likes to stay active with exploring and casinos not sitting on the beach while I'm all for the beach. I've not traveled very much and I've always hoped to lounge on a white beach with clear water. It would be nice to be able to walk right out to the beach to swim, snorkel, enjoy the sun but affordability will be an issue.

    Thanks!!

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    aruba has many terrific restaurants, bars so going all inclusive is really not a necessity.
    (see culinary culture)

    if you are looking for inexpensive, try renting a timeshare from someone!
    (see the timeshare category)

    snorkeling is terrific, casinos are plentiful and there are many island excursions, boating excursions and lots to do as well as beach sitting.
    (see the activities section) and http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do

    have you already purchased your air tix?

    you may want to contact aruba4you/mcm http://www.aruba4u.com
    they often have some very good deals


    Quote Originally Posted by aec0413 View Post
    Hi,

    Last minute time off Labor Day and will be traveling for my first time to Aruba Sept 4-9.

    I'd like suggestions on where to stay, what to do, where to eat :-)

    I'm 40, my friend traveling with me is 40. We'd like something reasonably priced, with easy beach access. We'd like to do a lot of snorkeling while we are there. My friend likes to stay active with exploring and casinos not sitting on the beach while I'm all for the beach. I've not traveled very much and I've always hoped to lounge on a white beach with clear water. It would be nice to be able to walk right out to the beach to swim, snorkel, enjoy the sun but affordability will be an issue.

    Thanks!!
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 08-19-2015 at 09:05 PM.

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    Welcome tondite

    i suggest you read the site daily and you'll easily get an idea of what to do, you've got a few weeks before you go

    enjoy you'll love Aruba, we all do.

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    Thanks!!

    I think I'd feel better with a hotel over a timeshare since it's short notice. Does anyone have any recommendations for reasonably priced beach hotels?

    Are some areas better than others? i.e. Palm Beach vs Eagle Beach? Restaurants close by? We aren't planning to rent a car.
    Last edited by aec0413; 08-19-2015 at 10:51 PM.

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    re: hotels Palm and eagle beaches

    both are fabulous

    that being said the Eagle beach area (which is considered the lo rise area) is a lot quieter and less congested.
    the resorts seem to have "more space" and the beaches are wide.
    the beach itself has larger waves and gets deeper more quickly than palm beach where the water is pretty shallow and quite calm most of the time.
    there are restaurants, many within walking distance of each other and lo rise resorts.

    the Palm beach area is hopping with activity, hotels, bars, restaurants, shopping and traffic.
    the beach is narrower that Eagle beach and the water a bit more calm and shallow.
    many watersports there.

    it is all depending on what you want. do you like lots of action and people?
    then choose Palm

    if quieter (but not dead) is what you want ....as well as a wide beach...choose Eagle.

    there is also DRUIF beach which is just a spit south of Eagle and the Divi Dutch, Tamarijn, Village, Links and AI are in that area.

    Manchebo , Aruba Beach Club, Bucuti and Casa Del Mar are technically Eagle beach, but many including me call it Manchebo beach area, south end Eagle beach.

    ALL of these areas are right on the public bus line!!!
    No car rental is necessary.

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    Without renting a car.... Palm Beach is the best area for walking, restaurant access and casinos..... I second Andrea to definitely contact aruba4you/mcm http://www.aruba4u.com for air and hotel packages.....ask for Guy and he'll take great care of you. Holiday Inn is very reasonable.... Hilton (previously Radisson) is an outstanding property.

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    As Andrea suggested a timeshare would be more economical than a hotel. But since you are leaving in 16 days I doubt that you would find an timeshare available at this late date. You would want to stay in the high rise area of Palm Beach where the action is with bars, clubs and many restaurants.

    I checked your dates Sept. 4-9th at the Holiday Inn and also at the Hilton.
    The Hilton is running a special. 5 nights including taxes is $1,370.00 ($685.00 a person) It's centrally located on the Palm Beach strip. The beach and pool is beautiful. The Hilton is in a great location across from Gusto's bar/ club, Hard Rock Café, Soprano's Piano Bar, Senor Frogs, Sand Bar and lot's of restaurants and 6 Casino's in a 5 minute walking distance.

    The Holiday Inn for a standard room is $1,073.00 ($536.50 a person) which includes taxes. The H.I. is also on the strip 4 resorts from the Hilton. I've stayed at the H.I. many times and it's fine though it's not a Hilton. All rooms have been renovated. Rooms are clean, staff and nice, and has a long beach.

    If you can swing another $150. a person over the Holiday Inn rate, I would book the Hilton. Your not going to find anything less expensive on the beach than the H.I. or Hilton. The Hyatt is going for over $300 a night not including taxes.

    Things to do: Jolly Pirates snorkeling cruise and a 1/2 day or full day jeep tour with ABC Tours.
    Last edited by Liz - Aruba Lover; 08-19-2015 at 11:49 PM.


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    Thanks everyone... you guys are great!!

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    we aim to please.
    did you already book your air?
    Quote Originally Posted by aec0413 View Post
    Thanks everyone... you guys are great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    we aim to please.
    did you already book your air?
    No, my friend has points and I'm waiting for her.

    Holiday Inn has a discount for AAA online, do you think I can get less expensive rate with Aruba4U?

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