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    Aruba Beach Club and Casa del Mar Questions

    I'm looking for pros and cons of Aruba Beach Club and Casa del Mar studio or 1-bedrooms.

    How are the beaches and entry into the water? I don't like rocky - don't want to mess with water shoes. Is it a smooth entry? Are there typically noticeable drop offs when walking in and out?

    For people who have stayed at both, do you have a preference? If so, why?

    How are the beds? Hard/soft/lumpy? Any comments or descriptions are welcome.

    How are the showers? Good water pressure, hot water available most of the time?

    Daily housekeeping?

    I know this may seem like an odd post for a Palm Beach lover like myself, but I'm working with a limited budget this year and we are keeping our options open for timeshare rentals. We've visited this area to go to Matthews and the casino and I feel like there's enough going on in walking distance to keep us happy. I've been seeing a lot of good things about Ricardos restaurant and bar. We may end up at Playa Linda or the Surf Club, but my husband sort of owes me one. He bought a new refrigerator without my input so I think I can leverage that to get him over to Eagle Beach for a week . Marriage is all about compromise, right??
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    NOT usually rocky from what I remember, however there is often a steep drop off. the water there causes much erosion and sometimes the waves are huge. sometimes (like currently check the casa del mar or abc web cam) much of the beach is washed away.

    i advise AGAINST the Ambassador at the Casa Del Mar. Those are the 1 bedroom units. It is set off by itself, with its own little pool. When we stayed there 2x, we felt like the Ambassador units were treated like less than 2nd class folks.

    We had issues with housekeeping there too and my hissy fit melt down made for a cleaner unit.

    i would choose ABC over the 1 bedroom Casa DEl Mar any day.

    I noticed no problems with beds, housekeeping or hot water at ABC when we stayed there.

    Paul and I married 32+ yrs.......it is all about compromise and What is HIS is MINE and what is MINE is MINE.
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    How are the beds? Hard/soft/lumpy? Any comments or descriptions are welcome.

    How are the showers? Good water pressure, hot water available most of the time?

    Daily housekeeping?

    I know this may seem like an odd post for a Palm Beach lover like myself, but I'm working with a limited budget this year and we are keeping our options open for timeshare rentals. We've visited this area to go to Matthews and the casino and I feel like there's enough going on in walking distance to keep us happy. I've been seeing a lot of good things about Ricardos restaurant and bar. We may end up at Playa Linda or the Surf Club, but my husband sort of owes me one. He bought a new refrigerator without my input so I think I can leverage that to get him over to Eagle Beach for a week . Marriage is all about compromise, right??[/QUOTE]

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    Jon bought a refrigerator without consulting you?? How dare he! I think you deserve two weeks on Eagle Beach for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Jon bought a refrigerator without consulting you?? How dare he! I think you deserve two weeks on Eagle Beach for that!
    I agree on the 2 weeks! It was at the end of a stressful water damage/unplanned mini renovation. And well for those of us from the south, the only possible reaction to this was "well, bless his heart for trying". There may or may not have been a moment where I suggested sky diving without the parachute, however I am definitely seeing how I can use this to my advantage!
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    I'm guessing you don't like the new fridge?

    I stayed at ABC Many years ago (our honeymoon 10/98), but it was my first Aruba experience so I think it may be a little skewed. Loved the view, loved the beach & pool. Don't remember any issue with ocean entry and def did not need water shoes.

    CDM we stayed at in 2010 in a 2BR unit (presidential). No problem with room or housekeeping, decent beds & a nice balcony with a real sized table & chairs lol - but we spend more time than I'd like at the pool because the ocean was SO rough in that spot. My son got pulled down under a wave that smacked his snorkel & mask off and we couldn't find it. The beach was very short and very rocky. The bar staff was a ton of fun! Brianna taught them Irish Step dancing and they paid her in shots. Good times for my VERY young daughter! lol
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Great feedback, Jacki. Thanks. Lacabana is on the list of options too but I have lots of great info already from this forum.
    And no, the fridge is not my favorite but it's cold and it's here and it's done
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    When I was in Aruba last month I went to see a friend who was staying at Casa Del Mar. I saw her unit and her friends that was at the Aruba Beach Club. Both units were clean and had daily service most days (could be every but not sure)- they even washed the dishes at CDM. I think both places offer good value for the money. The ABC and CDM are in a better location than I thought, there were several places to eat and shop at the hotel. It was also about a mile walk to the LaCabana area or a 2 min cab ride.

    The beach was very ruff the day I was there and would not do a lot of swimming in the ocean if I stayed there, that said there were tons of people in the water.

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    I'm not so sure how I feel about the waves and the drop off Andrea mentioned. Thanks to everyone who has responded so far lots of great info to think about.
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    I stood at Casa Del Mar 5 years ago in a 1 bedroom unit. The units were ok and the house keeper i had took good care of me. I went alone and made a mess but she cleaned up very well and even did the dishes which is not part of her job. I tipped her well when I left.

    The 1 bedrooms are not on the beach or main property so you have to cross through the parking lot to get to the main building, main pool, beach etc. I only went to the beach 1 time because the water was really ruff and the drop off. I've seen recent web cams of the beach there and the waves are still ruff and when I go to the web cam at Eagle Beach, nice and calm. I hung out at their small pool and no one was there and when I wanted to go to the beach, I walked to Eagle Beach by La Cabana. Overall it was nice and quiet but boring. The main pool was often empty as well.

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