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Thread: Costa Linda Vs. Playa Linda Vs. La Cabana

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    Costa Linda Vs. Playa Linda Vs. La Cabana

    Hi All, Wondering if everyone can give me the pros and cons of each resort. I am used to staying at the Marriot surf and ocean club but it looks like we will not be able to get that this year as a trade, so I am wondering then pros and cons of Costa Linda, Playa Linda And La CabanaThank you in advance.

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    We have only stayed at Playa Linda, but we are looking forward to Costa Linda this year.

    Playa Linda pros: location is excellent and walkable to many restaurants, bars, and casinos. The beach chairs are really comfortable and the lounge chairs are a little higher than the traditional ones, pool area is nice, beach is not as massive as the Marriot area so you can get a view of the water from almost any chair. Rooms are spacious and well equipped for light cooking/Food prep. Rooms are cleaned daily. We do prefer the 1 bedroom over the studio.

    Cons: owners can be territorial, people are on the beach at 3-4am to get front rows of huts. you have to pay for internet.

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    I have stayed at Costa Linda.....Pros.......nice beach and easy access, large well appointed units, great location..easy walks to restaurants, casino and shopping.
    I cannot remember about the wifi there.

    Cons.......cannot think of any!

    We are owners and have stayed at LaCabana.........pros, well appointed units, exceptionally good kitchens, terrific beach, numerous restaurants all walking distance. good restaurants on site.
    wonderful happy hours. pool bar is good!

    Cons....if one wants from row palapa at beach, one has to get there by 5 am., wifi sometimes spotty.

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    I stay at Costa Linda every year. It is a beautiful, well run resort. All the staff is excellent and very efficient. The complex has been completely remodeled, and all of the units are in the process of getting new furniture and soft goods. The beach is incredible, huge and quiet. Waters Edge is the restaurant. I've only had breakfast and lunch, and the food is very good. Happy hour is 3 times a day. The new beach bar was just built 5 or 6 years ago, and it is awesome . There are plenty of palapas available . If you want front row, you need to be up before dawn, but there are others open throughout the day. They have maid service everyday but Sunday, but they do empty the trash and change the towels on Sundays . The kitchen is great, with a full gas stove with oven and cooktop. I can't say enough good things about Costa Linda . We've stayed at 4 other resorts , but Costa Linda is our favorite. There's plenty of restaurants within walking distance , a casino, and some shops. Wifi is very good all over the complex, even on the beach. There is a fee for wifi.
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    I have stayed at Costa Linda and LaCabana. Costa Linda has a great kitchen,king bed in master bedroom with a nice bathroom attached. WiFi was good but I don’t remember if we paid for it or not- I think we paid. No problem getting a palapa,beach service starting at the noon happy hour. Good food at the bar to go along with your HH drinks. The workers are all very nice. It does tend to be rather quiet here so if you like more party atmosphere you would probably be unhappy here.
    LaCabana I prefer the studios over the one bedrooms. The one bedroom is what you walk into from the hallway so if you have drunk loud neighbors coming home you will hear them- LOL.Also we had wind blowing down the hallway so loudly a couple nights that we would laugh that it sounded like a nor’easter. The late afternoon happy hours are always a lot of fun here with live music. The beach is across a small street- no problem really just a heads up. We last stayed a few years ago in late Feb into early March and my husband had to get up at 5 am to get a back row palapa-crazy!
    Both resorts have a nice pool area- we are beach people so this is never a deciding factor for us.
    I would stay at CL every year if I could but the 2 bedrooms are really 2 big for just the 2 of us- I wish they had 1 bedrooms. For us the ease of getting a palapa and the quiet is what we look for but we will go to HH at LC a few times!

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    We stay at LaCabana in August and don't have any problem getting a first row palapa a little later - maybe even 6:30 or later. Shade can still be found at 11am some days - likely back toward the street though.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ



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    We also are 2 weeks Palm beach Marriott owners, and were thinking of exchanging a week for Eagle beach. Seems Costa Linda or La Cabana are the best choices.
    From what we know, La Cabana is a little busier, where Costa Linda is a little more private. We do love Matthews though, which is close to Costa Linda. Tough choice to make are 2 weeks begin on May 21st, and I need to exchange thru Interval shortly.
    Any feedback appreciated.

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    you are the early riser of your group.
    i know that is your ME time, getting up early and enjoying the sunrise and the QUIET!


    we we stay at lacabana, we opt to sleep in a bit, grab a spot at the pool and then just walk across 2x to the beach and jump in and then come back to the pool.



    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    We stay at LaCabana in August and don't have any problem getting a first row palapa a little later - maybe even 6:30 or later. Shade can still be found at 11am some days - likely back toward the street though.

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