We are staying at an apartment that is 800 yards from the beach, some reviewers stating it's a 10-15 minute walk. The road we're on ends at the beach between the Ritz-Carlton and the Aruba Marriott Resort. Once we get out to that main road, there are bus stops in the area. Our apartment includes a pass to Moomba for facilities/chair, which is bit further of a walk for us (20 minute walk).
We know we definitely want to rent a car for at least 3 days, to tour the island a bit. Our hotel offers car rentals with a programmed GPS and cell phone ... $90 for 3 days or $175 for 7 days. By the time we tack on $50 for airport pick-up drop-off ... does it make sense to just get the rental for the week for the extra $30 it'll cost? Our 3-day rental would happen in the MIDDLE of our trip, not at the beginning or end where we could cut out an airport trip cost.
We're content to take the bus and walk ... but I'm thinking for the price ... maybe it'd be nice to have an air conditioned car over a 20 minute walk in the Aruba sunshine? Some reviews for where we're staying said that the road is dark, no sidewalks, and maybe not the best place to be walking at night because it's quite dark.
Is DRIVING that bad in Aruba? Is PARKING that bad in Aruba? What's the current cost of fuel?
I'd go for the 7 day rental. Pick up and drop off at the airport or nearby and save the cab fare. You may find having a car gives you more opportunity to explore and visit other restaurants, sights, etc.
Driving in Aruba is not a problem. Parking just about everywhere is free. Gas costs more than in the USA but so does just about everything at a vacation destination.
Go for the 7 day! I love having the flexibility of having a vehicle when I need it. Driving isn't much different in Aruba than in Jersey, other than those roundabouts things, but they were easy to navigate once you are used to them.
Thanks for the prompt feedback everyone. I was pretty much sold on the 7-day...but you've given me some ammo for my hubby. I like the freedom of a car, even if I don't use it all day, every day.
Jackie - We have a ton of roundabouts where we live, so that I'm used to. I even navigate them in Grand Cayman, on the 'wrong' side of the road. Gold star for me! I also drive a lot in psycho Toronto traffic, so hopefully I'll be ok.
Gaby - That confirms some comments I've read. Better safe in a car than strolling down a dark road.
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If you plan on eating out and going to casinos/bars at night you will save money by having the car for the week. Cab fare is not expensive there but when you have to take one both ways with tip it adds up in a hurry. The area you are staying is not close to much.