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Thread: 1st time to Aruba Apr 27th, and I have some questions!

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    we always fly back on a sunday. I would definitely say no less than 2 hours at the airport but since you're unfamiliar with the layout and routine, I'd be safe and be there a minimum of 2.5 hours. They have bars there so even if you get through early, you can have a bite to eat and a drink. As Andrea said, there are two security points you have to go through. Sometimes you zip through and sometimes you don't. Airports are unpredictable in Aruba and the USA. The good news is that when you get back to the states, you just get your luggage and leave, no customs. So look at it that way. It takes longer in Aruba but shorter when you land. It really is six of one and half dozen of the other. sometimes I think people forget that when they say it takes so long to go through the airport in aruba but if you didn't have the customs there, you'd have to do it in the states. for me, I'd rather get it over with in aruba. once I land, I just want to get home.

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    Transportation: you can use a taxi, rent a car or take the bus and get just about anywhere. The taxi fares are set by the government. You can search the forum for taxi fares and rental agencies in "Getting Around". The bus systems is great, the routes and fares are posted on line http://arubus.com/. Try to get away from the hotel and see everything you can on your first trip. It will make you much more informed on your second trip to Aruba (because you will go back again). Congrats on your upcoming honeymoon.

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    Walt's post reminded me of something else. If you don't want to rent a car (we don't), a good way to see the island is a jeep tour. We had a good experience with ABC Tours to see the major sites and Baby Beach at the end! I would recommend the 1/2 day tour though. We did a full day and there was just a little long and hot!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    jordan check out this thread
    Reasonable, Restaurants Within Walking Distance of Radisson?

    skip the burgers at the marriott for lunch and take a walk along the palm beach walkway.......along the beach from the marriott to playa linda (10 min walk or less) and grab a delicious BRAT at Scott's Brats on the beach at Playa Linda Closed Sunday. (also breakfast sandwiches and bloody marys)
    You got that one right Andrea. Order Docs brat. It is deeelicious.

    Salt and pepper has good tapas for lunch and is close. Say hi to Humphrey. Good guy and he will take good care of you.

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    Ive heard of the jeep tour would like to see the lighthouse and ostrich farm and other things around the island!

    I love how set all you guys are on Aruba and know that i'll be back again I debated for a while on Bahamas or Aruba and chose Aruba!

    You guys have all been very helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronMan1536 View Post
    Ive heard of the jeep tour would like to see the lighthouse and ostrich farm and other things around the island!

    I love how set all you guys are on Aruba and know that i'll be back again I debated for a while on Bahamas or Aruba and chose Aruba!

    You guys have all been very helpful!

    Good choice Bahamas over Aruba... Aruba is a much more welcoming island.

    Definitely do some exploring... just staying at the Marriott you would miss the charm of the Island. There is a lot within walking distance and if you are feeling adventurous rent a car/jeep for a few days and hit the roads. The roads are simple and I have never felt uncomfy on the roads in Aruba as I would feel in some other places I have been.

    1.5 - 2 hours at the airport is NOT enough time. 2.5 - 3 is a much better #. That airport is very unpredictable and can be a madhouse especially on weekends. You will be going through security 2x and US customs in Aruba so it is a longer process than most airports.

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    Thanks! Im assuming ill def need cash for the cab correct?

    Also I dont need to buy in Aruba currency correct? the us dollar is accepted?


    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Transportation: you can use a taxi, rent a car or take the bus and get just about anywhere. The taxi fares are set by the government. You can search the forum for taxi fares and rental agencies in "Getting Around". The bus systems is great, the routes and fares are posted on line http://arubus.com/. Try to get away from the hotel and see everything you can on your first trip. It will make you much more informed on your second trip to Aruba (because you will go back again). Congrats on your upcoming honeymoon.

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    US dollar is accepted all over. And yes you would need cash for the cabs
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    US cash is accepted, but in a lot of places (grocery stores and some restaurants in particular) the prices are in florin. The simple approximate conversion to US dollars is to divide the cost in florins in half and add about 10%. Some places will have the prices in both dollars and florins. The link is a good currency converter site. You will be changing AWG to USD and back. The grocery stores charge in florin, but convert your purchase to dollars for you at a standard rate. Don't be surprised when you get your change in florins and don't be discouraged by the florin change. I save it and use it for tips and bus rides.


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    Also whats the dress code for most restaurants!? I'll prob eat some at the Marriot and some at some of the places you guys have mentioned!

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