I will be traveling with my 16 month old son in about a week and he has a diary allergy - I am wondering what kind of stores are on the island - will I easily be able to find dairy free foods for him?
Thanks so much!
there are "americanized" (for a lack of a better word)
you will have no problem getting suitable dairy free foods for your son.
(non dairy baby formula soy milk almond milk )
just like here in the usa
be aware the prices are in florins, not US dollars.
the grocery stores DO accept us dollars though.
change is usually given in florins.
Thanks so much Andrea!
Also keep in mind everything is imported here. My wife only drinks soy milk and we pay about 2 to 3 bucks more for the same product here. Ling and Sons has a good amount of milks.
you will find shopping there interesting to say the least...as mentioned before a lot of items come in off the boat, so one day they might have milk, and the next two they will not, we had problems with finding limes, which we thought was kind of funny as in the states you can walk into any grocery store and find a lime. At dinner one night our Aunt and Uncle who own a home in Aruba said that milk comes in on Wed's I think-so ironically there is probably some sort of schedule that can be followed for items as they arrive to the island. I wish we stayed long enough to be able to figure it out =)
Otherwise when you walk in for the first time you'll notice that IT IS set-up like a major grocery market here in the states, so you shouldn't have any issues with that.
We stayed at the Divi Dutch Village which was within a 5-10 minute walk to three supermarkets. Everything is very expensive but it was still cheaper than eating out 3 meals a day. I also learned that the markets close early on Sundays and on evenings. I'm used to 7am-11pm hours at most supermarkets in NY. Also, a lot of the product packages are not in English, so trying to read the ingredients can be difficult. June
We are staying at the Renn. Is there a Grocery store near the airport? I know of the small one in downtown but looking ofr a bigger one.
Grocery store near the airport? Are you thinking of Price Smart?
Has anyone shopped at Price Smart
Otherwise, there is a cluster of grocery stores just north of Oranjestad
PriceSmart is our Costco/Sams Club. You will have to pay an extra 10% on your order for not having a membership. I would take the bus up to the supermarkets where Super Food, Kong Hing and Certified markets are. They are on the bus route and will take 5 mins. to get there. I'm not a fan of Certified (dirty), but the other 2 supermarkets you will find everything you need. If you have too much to carry back on the bus, have the market call a taxi for you. Cost of taxi would be $8.00.