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    Which To Choose First Time

    Greetings all!

    This week my wife and I will book a week in Aruba in the month of July. We are first timers to Aruba, 60+ years old and looking for a rejuvenating easy going experience at an all-inclusive (first time for that too). We anticipate a lot of beach relaxation, maybe a little shopping, but basically chilling around the hotel.

    The only recommendations we have received have been from a AAA travel agent who has mentioned the Occidental and The Rui.

    Your input would be appreciated.
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    Welcome to the forum

    Folks here will have some strong opinions on Aruba and all inclusive vs. non all inclusive vacationing.

    My first advice though is to choose whether you would like to stay on Palm Beach where there are a wide variety of different types of accommodations and much activity or the more laid back, quieter atmosphere of Eagle, Manchebo or Druif Beaches.

    From there you can narrow down your resort selection.

    For your research see--


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    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/all%...0or%20non.html

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/all%20inclusive.html


    Other alternatives to "straight" all inclusive, would be to consider resorts with breakfast, lunch and beverage packages and then you would be able to dine off property for dinner to sample some of Aruba's excellent restaurants.

    Others may suggest renting a condo or timeshare unit. The Occidental offers timeshare units as does the Riu. The owners at these resort all give their resorts glowing reviews. In downtown Oranjestad the Renaissance resort offers timeshare units as well as an all inclusive add on.

    I know right now that the Marriott has a package which includes breakfast.

    We book our travel to Aruba through MCM Tours and right now they are offering specials http://aruba4u.com/specials.php at the Radisson and Westin both of which include breakfast & lunch and either a beverage credit or unlimited beverage package.


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    Welcome to the forum of a beautiful island and its people.

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    My thoughts on AI are... great idea if you don't want to leave the resort. But I want to leave the resort in Aruba - so why pay Aruba prices? Do AI in Dominican or Mexico or Jamaica.

    Occidental and Riu are great though from what I hear.
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    the occidental is closer to the water than the riu, more convenient. and better view..

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    read the links that lisa provided.

    :-)

    the best bet may be the MCM tours route including the beverage credit and doing dinners on your own.


    or the divi div all inclusive.

    again, welcome.

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    My husband and I are also in our 60's and return to Aruba every year and stay at the Radisson. Yes you can get packages thru MCM Tours or Players Choice Tours 1-800-79 ARUBA. This is who we use and you can get packages which include airfare,transfers,beverage credit, breakfast and lunch. The lunch at Gilligans is until 6 PM so you can also use it for a late lunch or early,dinner. We find since the breakfast buffet is so good and you can eat all you want we find that we can go late in the afternoon and basically use the lunch credit for dinner. We are not very big eaters to do AI so this works out really well for us. By the way their package deals are at a great price. Let us know,how you make out.

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    Ditto.... in our 60's and have used Player's Choice/MCM Tours for years for the Radisson. Usually do breakfast included.... this year, breakfast and lunch. Have always done dinners out as there are so many wonderful options in most price ranges and most just a short walk from the Radisson with a number of shops and carts to visit to satisfy the shopping urge.

    You want some beach time..... It's the best stretch of Palm Beach available. We go each year in July or August and have never been disappointed with anything! You will be back next year!

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    Thanks to everyone for the great insight. I thought this would be easy! Many choices! I'm delaying my meeting with the travel agent so I can do more online research based on all your suggestions.

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    Are you leaning one direction on the other for all inclusive vs. non all inclusive or which area you would like to stay in?

    Maybe we can help you narrow it down a bit?

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