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    Moving to Aruba/First time there!

    Hi,In roughly a week, I will be moving to Aruba for 3 months for a work contract, and I have never been to the island before! I wold love to here some recommendations of great places to eat and activities to do and things to see while I am there.Also, I will be staying in the Malmok/Boca Catalina beach area and will most likely not have a car, how efficient is the bus service from there to Oranjestad (As my work looks to be near the Ling & Sons grocer)? Also, what are the best places to go for grocery? And is grocery a lot more expensive on the island than in Canada?Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated!! I look forward to spending the next few months working in the tropics, a good break from the long and bitterly cold winter of Canada!Thanks,Ty

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    Welcome to the board. You r soo lucky to get to spend 3 months in Aruba. I go about 7 months a year and its AWSOME!!! We still like Ling and Son for the groceries. They have a huge super food but if u r working beside Lings, I would vote to go there. I know the bus go up to the Marriott's but I am not sure how far past that they would go. Aruba has so much stuff to do. Is anyone going with you or are u solo? I will be coming the end of June so I will have to look u up.
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    hi ty and welcome to the aruba.com community forum!
    the grocery stores might be anywhere from 15 to 40% higher than the USA. Every time i have been to Canada, i have never been in a grocery, so sorry I canot be more help.

    enjoy your time in Aruba.
    3 months is PERFECT.
    what do you do for work that brings you to Aruba?

    Quote Originally Posted by tfinlayson View Post
    Hi,In roughly a week, I will be moving to Aruba for 3 months for a work contract, and I have never been to the island before! I wold love to here some recommendations of great places to eat and activities to do and things to see while I am there.Also, I will be staying in the Malmok/Boca Catalina beach area and will most likely not have a car, how efficient is the bus service from there to Oranjestad (As my work looks to be near the Ling & Sons grocer)? Also, what are the best places to go for grocery? And is grocery a lot more expensive on the island than in Canada?Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated!! I look forward to spending the next few months working in the tropics, a good break from the long and bitterly cold winter of Canada!Thanks,Ty

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    Hi

    Quote Originally Posted by tfinlayson View Post
    Hi,In roughly a week, I will be moving to Aruba for 3 months for a work contract, and I have never been to the island before! I wold love to here some recommendations of great places to eat and activities to do and things to see while I am there.Also, I will be staying in the Malmok/Boca Catalina beach area and will most likely not have a car, how efficient is the bus service from there to Oranjestad (As my work looks to be near the Ling & Sons grocer)? Also, what are the best places to go for grocery? And is grocery a lot more expensive on the island than in Canada?Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated!! I look forward to spending the next few months working in the tropics, a good break from the long and bitterly cold winter of Canada!Thanks,Ty
    As a Canadian living here, I can tell you that food costs are comparable and in many cases less. You will find wine a lot less, but beer I is expensive

    what do you do that brindpgs you to Aruba

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    Thank you all for the kind welcome! I have now safely been in Aruba for a week so far, and it is great, I am really enjoying the island and find it a bit slower paced than life in North America, which is a good break! I am here for 3 month working with a Canadian furniture retailer that I work for in Canada! And let me tell you I have barely had a moment to spare so far in this first week since being here, but now my partner is down with me, and she will make sure I get out to do a lot on my days off.

    If anyone has any suggestions of great places to go and great places to eat I would love that?

    Thanks,

    Ty

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinlayson View Post
    Thank you all for the kind welcome! I have now safely been in Aruba for a week so far, and it is great, I am really enjoying the island and find it a bit slower paced than life in North America, which is a good break! I am here for 3 month working with a Canadian furniture retailer that I work for in Canada! And let me tell you I have barely had a moment to spare so far in this first week since being here, but now my partner is down with me, and she will make sure I get out to do a lot on my days off.

    If anyone has any suggestions of great places to go and great places to eat I would love that?

    Thanks,

    Ty
    Good morning, stop by 5 Burgers across the street from the Raddison for breakfast some morning and I can give you my restaurant / places to go list. It is behind Senor Frogs. I usually get there about 9:30 AM and be happy to give some more info about the island. . .

    Hope to see you soon,

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom and Stanley View Post
    Good morning, stop by 5 Burgers across the street from the Raddison for breakfast some morning and I can give you my restaurant / places to go list. It is behind Senor Frogs. I usually get there about 9:30 AM and be happy to give some more info about the island. . .

    Hope to see you soon,

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)

    I will definitely stop by one day, unfortunately I work about 6 days a week essentially from 10-6 so free time is limited down here for me!

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