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    If you guys were not staying all inclusive I would say without a doubt get the car. Your best bet may be to rent a car for 3 days or so depending on how much of an issue $$$ is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    bear in mind that your best bet might be renting the car for 2 or 3 days and planning your off site ventures within those days.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    Your best bet may be to rent a car for 3 days or so depending on how much of an issue $$$ is.
    Our last two stays at the Tamarijn, that is exactly what we have done renting a vehicle for 3 days. During this time we do our "running" around ....Tranquilo or Jolly Pirates, Marina Pirata, Boca Catalina, sightseeing, happy hour at Bugaloe...

    Just re-reading your post Happy_Mom, it may be difficult to drag your kids away from the Tamarijn. The swimming pool alone is a "kid magnet".

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    Car Rental

    We spend a week in Aruba virtually every year and always rent a car for the week. You can usually find a decent weekly rate this time of year and you save taxi fares to and from the airport (always get your car at the airport). Also, a taxi to many parts of the island can be $50 round trip for dinner to many locations, more than a daily rental alone.

    If your are considering any type of exploration you definitely want the car for the week so that you can pick your days (it does get cloudy occasionally :-) ) and head out whenever you want. I'm not sure what type of vehicle you want but I just reserved a compact car like a Toyota Corolla for $225 for the entire week for early July.

    My only advice is to use a reputable company and avoid the bargain outfits as their vehicles are often pretty beat up.

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    with kids, it would be nice to have a car. we rented from American last month for $140. for a week. also if you are planning on going to the other side of the island you need a jeep. we have pulled a lot of cars out that have gotten stuck. The other side of the island is worth the ADVENTURE!! And if you get lost, which we still do, laugh about it cuz you'll always find your way out.

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    GET A CAR!!!!!!! Don't get trapped by the notion of all-inclusive unless you plan on laying in the beach all day FOR 7 DAYS - och

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    We usually rent for 3 days that seems like enough for us.but you need to way to cost of taxis, or a car








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    We rented a car for the week we were there in Jan. It was very nice to have the car at our disposal. We probably could have done with the car for just 3 days -and a lot of the rental places list prices for 3 days and for a week. It all depends on what you want to see/how much you want to do outside of the resort. It would be a waste to not get off property at least a few times!

    Tip about Baby Beach - get there early (i.e. before 10am on a weekday) and you will have your choice of palapas!

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    Question Airport car rental or not...

    We have decided to rent a car for our entire 9 day stay at Tamarijn next month. It seems much easier to rent from an agency directly at the airport rather than taking a shuttle/cab elsewhere, but I was reading some old threads that suggest otherwise. Any thoughts? Any favorite rental agencies? I want this to be as "stress-free" a vacation as possible, which is why it seems easiest to rent at the airport....

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    We've done both, by renting at the airport you save on the taxi cost..which could be around $50. then you have the cost of renting at the airport, i don't believe thats as much. when we've rented at the airport we went with avis everything was fine just make sure you always have your papers. the nice thing about not doing it at the airport you can just be dropped off and not have to deal with taking the car back.

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    http://www.aruba.com/TraveltoAruba/G...l/default.aspx

    and TROPIC is not listed on the site/link
    try emailing
    tropiccarrent@setarnet.aw
    we have always had great service, vehicles with tropic

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