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    Renting or "not" Renting a Car

    Many of us rent vehicles while in Aruba.
    Many of us don't.
    Those that don't,...... they rely on taxis, buses, feet or other modes of transportation.

    What do you do, why and any interesting experiences ?

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    Well, you know our story; we have never rented a car and depend on taxis and the bus. I've been leaning toward renting a car for a day but Tom says he won't drive with me! Crazy I know. That said, taxis are readily available and we have never had to wait long for one. Restaurants are very accomodating about calling a taxi. There are places though lik Baby Beach or Zeerovers that it would be much more convenient to have a car.

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    we always rent a car because we stay in a townhouse. Also, I need wheels to get to all the shops I like to frequent while I'm there. I have my routine I do for shopping before I hit the beach. I love to shop in Aruba.

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    My story is very similar to Peg's. We have not rented a car despite my best efforts to get my husband to do it. We use taxis mostly, but have also taken the bus. We like staying in Palm Beach so we can walk to a lot of places. Taxis are so easy and convenient; they are usually readily available in front of all of the hotels in the high rise area. The only place we ever had an issue was leaving Matthews restaurant and not asking them to get us a taxi. We ended up going over to the casino and having them call for us. I would love to have a car for running to the grocery store or visiting other beaches for snorkeling in the mornings. This is always a big debate in our house. Last year we rented Rhino atvs 2 days to tour the island and visit other beaches...this was not the economical decision but it sure was fun! Once Jon saw how easy it was to get around I thought maybe that would convince him we should try a car....he stil says "we'll see". And really I think my plan may have backfired because we really like the atvs. I do an estimated list of our costs when we get home each trip (mainly because I'm crazy), but I figured that for what we actually spend on taxis, renting a car wouldn't be too much less. And for us, driving to dinner most days isn't an option because we love our daytime drinks on the beach and a few drinks with dinner, so we would still have to take a taxi for those. We walk to about 1/2 of our dinners.
    I would like to use the bus more, but Jon likes the convenience of taxis/

    I think one of these years we do a rental car for a couple days. This year we will be changing from a hotel to a timeshare, so I'm hoping I can convince Jon that we could rent a car for that and hit the grocery store while we have it. Last year Super Foods was out of our favorite Bud Light, but since we had taken a taxi there, checking Lings wasn't really the best option so we had to settle for something else.
    Sorry for the rambling, geez!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    We started renting a car beginning with our first trip and have never even considered not doing so. For about $25 a day we have the freedom to come and go as we please throughout the island and this is what we enjoy. We now stay outside of the tourist area and search for local restaurants and bars while heading in all directions. It really lets us experience the people and culture, not to mention the more remote beaches. On days that we don't feel like venturing out we join the tourist scene. A car certainly allows us to have the best of both worlds.
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    for the first time in a looong time, we took a taxi 2x during our most recent stay.

    we drove to the Bugaloe beach bar and had 2 drinks each.
    when it was time to leave......whoa.....we had no designated driver
    left the car and took a taxi, then a few hours later a taxi ride to go pick up our rental car.

    thank goodness for taxis!

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    My story is very similar to Peg's. We have not rented a car despite my best efforts to get my husband to do it. We use taxis mostly, but have also taken the bus. We like staying in Palm Beach so we can walk to a lot of places. Taxis are so easy and convenient; they are usually readily available in front of all of the hotels in the high rise area. The only place we ever had an issue was leaving Matthews restaurant and not asking them to get us a taxi. We ended up going over to the casino and having them call for us. I would love to have a car for running to the grocery store or visiting other beaches for snorkeling in the mornings. This is always a big debate in our house. Last year we rented Rhino atvs 2 days to tour the island and visit other beaches...this was not the economical decision but it sure was fun! Once Jon saw how easy it was to get around I thought maybe that would convince him we should try a car....he stil says "we'll see". And really I think my plan may have backfired because we really like the atvs. I do an estimated list of our costs when we get home each trip (mainly because I'm crazy), but I figured that for what we actually spend on taxis, renting a car wouldn't be too much less. And for us, driving to dinner most days isn't an option because we love our daytime drinks on the beach and a few drinks with dinner, so we would still have to take a taxi for those. We walk to about 1/2 of our dinners.
    I would like to use the bus more, but Jon likes the convenience of taxis/

    I think one of these years we do a rental car for a couple days. This year we will be changing from a hotel to a timeshare, so I'm hoping I can convince Jon that we could rent a car for that and hit the grocery store while we have it. Last year Super Foods was out of our favorite Bud Light, but since we had taken a taxi there, checking Lings wasn't really the best option so we had to settle for something else.
    Sorry for the rambling, geez!

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    Never rented a car..... have no need or desire to leave the beach area except for the occasional visit downtown and, of course, some restaurant visits by taxi.

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    After our first visit, we have always rented and will continue to do so.

    I wish I could tell you we go to the market once or twice for our two weeks. The truth is, we often change plans and have to run back more than once. We also like to run around the island and visit different locations. We stay on Eagle Beach so use a car to head to Palm Beach or downtown. Trips to shop. Trips to restaurants, trips to the airport to pick up or drop off friends and family.

    Our lifestyle demands a car.

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    We've rented a car every trip for the past few years. The freedom of movement about the island is what we like. We can go grocery shopping, downtown, San Nicolas, wherever whenever. We stay in Palm Beach and do most of our drinking there and walk when we do. We are renting from Hans at tropic for $25 a day for 16 days or about the average cost of one taxi ride a day with tip. By comparison a round trip taxi ride to Savaneta is $62 plus tip.

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    We have rented a car on 17 of our 18 trips. The first time we did not because we had no idea what driving would be like on the island. We took cabs to dinner every night and pretty much stayed at the resort the rest of the time. Renting a car is much cheaper for us than taking taxis. We eat dinner out almost every night and go to a casino almost every night. This can get expensive on taxi fares. Remember you have to pay the cab fare and tip both ways every time you hire one. We also tend to go to the San Nicholas, Baby Beach, Savenetta area a few times each trip. Cab fare to these areas is very expensive from the low rise and higher from the high rises. The cost of a car on our last trip this May was only about $340 for 13 days plus a tank and a half of gas. So about $400 all told. A cab from and to the airport , grocery stores, restaurants, snorkeling areas, rock formations, Baby Beach twice, Flying Fishbone and more. Taxis would have cost at least that much but probably a lot more. Not sure what cab fare is both ways to Baby Beach and FF. We have seen all of Aruba that you can see without a 4 wheel drive vehicle over the years and we still see things we missed before. It is fun to just drive on roads you have no idea where they go. You cant really stay lost.
    On our second trip we stayed at Divi Dutch Village and had not rented a car. We went to breakfast across the street at Divi Village the first morning. We met an older couple there. They were on their 15th trip or so to Aruba. We asked them about what to see on the island. They told us they had no idea. They always stayed a the Tamarjn Beach resort AI and had never left the resort area in their 15 years. Just stayed on the beach, pool and ate in. I thought that was very sad to go to a place and never leave the resort. We rented a car for 4 days and drove around the island. We have rented a car for our entire trip since then. It is very easy to get around on Aruba, easier than driving at home. A lot less traffic. Different strokes.

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