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    First Trip to Aruba

    Hi everyone!!!
    My Husband and I will be going to Aruba for the first time around end of July. I was hoping you guys could give me some good advise on where to stay?? Will any of the hotels be doing major construction around this time?? Where is the best place on eagle beach, and the best on palm beach. Cannot wait to get there

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    depending on your wants and needs?
    luxury hotel
    luxury timeshare
    resort hotel
    resort timeshare
    all inclusive resort
    all inclusive timeshare
    family resort
    adults only
    there are many options
    help us out by telling us what you are interested in and we can begin pointing you in the right direction.

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    Sorry I did leave that kind of open (newbie mistake?)
    I don't think I want the all inclusive, because it looks like there are so many great places to dine at. I don't want the time share at this point. The adults only is nice but not that important. So that leaves us with the luxury hotels and the resorts or Family hotels.
    So I had been looking at things like the Marroitt, Westin, but then when I saw that Eagle Beach is not so crowded I was looking there.
    Are there any places where the beach is really close by? Some of the resorts look like you are way back from the water?

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    welcome to the forum!

    marriott resorts and timeshares are on palm beach and it is quite congested up there at that section of palm beach.

    amsterdam manor is across the street from eagle beach and is terrific!

    manchebo resort, bucuti resort on eagle beach and lots of space.

    radisson, westin and hyatt on palm beach ....all nice places.

    timeshare rental are a great way to vacation and there are LOTS on aruba. check this site (timeshare section) for rentals

    also check redweek.com for timeshare rentals.
    and tug2net.com for timeshare rentals.

    highly recommend ANY divi resort/property on aruba.
    also recommend Costa Linda, Aruba Beach Club and Casa Del Mar all on Eagle Beach.

    I would give AI resorts (DIVI, TAMARIJN) a extra looksee. Lotsa bang for the buck and the food is pretty good and the beverages outstanding.


    Quote Originally Posted by vicki2052 View Post
    Sorry I did leave that kind of open (newbie mistake?)
    I don't think I want the all inclusive, because it looks like there are so many great places to dine at. I don't want the time share at this point. The adults only is nice but not that important. So that leaves us with the luxury hotels and the resorts or Family hotels.
    So I had been looking at things like the Marroitt, Westin, but then when I saw that Eagle Beach is not so crowded I was looking there.
    Are there any places where the beach is really close by? Some of the resorts look like you are way back from the water?

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    then there is the "downtown option"

    Renaissance Marina resort hotel rooms on the main st that is very nice, quite comfortable, very good location, marvelous pool, shuttle boat to private island. (adult only hotel)

    Renaissance Suites resort are one bedroom apartment style units across the street and then south of the Marina resort by a couple of hundred yards. Great spot. Nice units. Not as upscale as the marina, but still wonderful. It is a nice family resort. small lagoon beach and shuttle boat access to private island.

    if i had to choose i would always choose Renaissance suites.

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    My first trip to Aruba was this past November, and while I was hesitant about staying at an AI, I'm glad we did. It gives you a lot of freedom, no need to carry around a pocketbook or worry how much you're spending. I also felt the price was reasonable enough that I didn't hesitate to go off resort for a few nights and try a few local restaurants. We stayed at the Divi and the beach is absolutely gorgeous. I also liked that you could throw on a cover up and go to the buffet refuel and head back to the beach. As for the food, I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast buffet; great variety and eggs cooked to order. We've already made reservations to go back this November and plan on going off resort for dinner at least a few nights.

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    Don't worry about crowding on Palm beach at the end of July. Marriott always seems to be congested.... but Hyatt, Radisson and the Weston always seem to have room. We always stay at the Radisson..... biggest best beach, nice informal grounds, great people and wonderful pool..... can't go wrong with the Rad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki2052 View Post
    Sorry I did leave that kind of open (newbie mistake?)
    I don't think I want the all inclusive, because it looks like there are so many great places to dine at. I don't want the time share at this point. The adults only is nice but not that important. So that leaves us with the luxury hotels and the resorts or Family hotels.
    So I had been looking at things like the Marroitt, Westin, but then when I saw that Eagle Beach is not so crowded I was looking there.
    Are there any places where the beach is really close by? Some of the resorts look like you are way back from the water?

    Hi there,
    there are so many great places to dine at in Aruba. We did have to places on our list (ElGauchos and MJs); we did do an AI at the Tam, but we never made it there because we enjoyed the food at the Tam/Divi so much that we did not feel the need to leave the resort for eating. However, many do and founbd many lovely places to eat. Good luck, so many choices.

    Lisa
    First trip to Aruba down; many more to come

    Lisa

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