Thanks everyone. How reasonable is it to eat out every night? Also is expensive at these hotels to drink - ie average price of beer, cocktails, wine? Are there liquor stores where you can purchase your own alcohol and is this expensive?
We have done both AI and not AI on our 2 trips to Aruba. On our second trip we packed a soft sided cooler (which could have been used as a carryon as another option.) We purchased liquor from duty free in Miami airport on our way down and then purchased mixers and beer from the mini mart near our hotel. We also brought insulated drink cups for our beach days.
I would skip AI. This is a review I wrote on dining out after our last trip with some pricing examples.