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    $2,500 to spend in Aruba

    I know several of you here have plenty experiences and wisdom to share. We were thinking of spending maybe a little over $2,000 - not much but we want to make the most of our time together in the island. I'm looking for a low-rise beachfront place, I'm very low maintenance but expecting cleanliness and basic essentials: fresh towels, good shower, proper bed, and maybe some breakfast?

    I saw MVC Eagle Beach as the cheapest on Travelocity. Is it worth my time? I've heard mixed reviews on the Divi Dutch Village but it appears to have good strategic location. The others are all about casinos and night life however we are NOT into the club scene. The Mill Resort seems too far away from the beach. Should I look into timeshares and apartments? I guess I need to book soon so WE NEED SOME SERIOUS ADVICE
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    Welcome to the forum.

    MVC Eagle Beach is very very basic.

    A timeshare at that time of year maybe the cheapest way to go, but it will be a lot of work finding a private renter willing to rent for only 4 or 5 nights. You can get an affordable studio at say Casa del Mar, Aruba Beach Club, Divi Village or Dutch Village for 7 nights. Just be aware that the Divi Village is across the street from the beach and the Dutch Village is set behind the Tamarijn resort so not directly on the beach though certainly within walking distance.

    Hopefully your dates are flexible? If you are looking to make your trip affordable, I might suggest finding the cheapest airfare first and then planning your stay around the dates of your flights.

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    We're heading to Divi in a few weeks and it came out to about $1500pp, but that was for 7 nights. If you shave it to 4-5 nights you could probably get it to around $1000pp no problem (a quick expedia search confirms). If you don't want to go all-inclusive, you can probably shave off a couple hundred bucks more.

    I wouldn't fret about booking too soon. November is off-season. We booked our week 1 september trip in the last week of July with no problems. Guess it depends on the flight/resort you want though.

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    We are headed to the Divi Phoenix next week. we spent about $450 each on our airfare and the studio sutie for 2 was $1280 I believe- for 6 nights. (for 5 nights your total would be about $1965 for air and hotel) That would leave you almost $600 for fun stuff! Not to mention the Divi Phoenix is running ngihtly rates similar to the other hotels on the island right now so that gives you alot to choose from.

    We tried to rent from some timeshare owners before we settled on Phoenix but the dates weren't working out.

    The Playa Linda has studios and one bedrooms available for rent between $700-$1000. The same with postings on this website and the visitaruba.com forum will have rentals in the same price range.

    I also would recommend finding your flights, then looking for a timeshare unit for your stay. Then you can grab some (or bring on the plane) food to eat in your room for some meals to cut costs.

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    Is this your total budget or is this just spending money?If you are looking for a inexpensive place to stay try the Holiday Inn,great location,same ocean,and it is clean.Players Choice Tours has a package out of Newark for $900 per person,days 7 nights.I don't know if that works for you but it another option.ENJOY...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ples View Post
    I wouldn't fret about booking too soon. November is off-season. We booked our week 1 september trip in the last week of July with no problems. Guess it depends on the flight/resort you want though.
    Sorry, I have to have to disagree. Though it is slow season, we have found that the Tamarijn sells out very quickly. The two times we have been there during low season it was booked solid in advance. Imo, evidence of a good value for your money.

    If you see the travel websites offering "suites" as accommodations for packages at the Tamarijn, this is the dead giveaway that there are no "oceanfront' rooms available.

    Taking a quick look at the Tamarijn's own website, they are sold out many dates in September, as well as some dates in October and a few in November. The Divi has some availability in their more expensive categories.

    With their ongoing room renovations, and one less tower available at a time, I would look for early sell outs on the Radisson as well.
    Players Choice Tours has a package out of Newark for $900 per person,days 7 nights
    Excellent price from a reputable outfit, if you fly out of Newark Nowadays Delta is about $535 from Atlanta. Player's Choice will allow you to book their packages without air though.

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    There was someone trying to rent their Divi TS on visitaruba.com for 4 or 5 nights a couple of days ago. I am not sure of the dates but it's worth going to that forum and checking out.
    I think that you can get a reasonable very nice TS rental for a good price. I suggest posting your requirements on this site, the visitaruba, craigslist and checking the rentals by owner on all these sites as well as the actual websites of the timeshare properties (casa del mar, aruba beach club, linda costa, etc., ) as they have rentals by owners on there, vacationrentalsbyowner.com, and vacationtimesharerentals.com.
    If you do your research and look around, you can find great prices and be willing to negotiate. There are way more owners renting TS out there than renters looking in my opinion. I am still getting owners emailing me trying to get me to rent their timeshares for very low prices. Lower than I paid actually but no regrets, I am happy with what I got.
    Also, Lisa is right, it seems that after October, November is busier and hotels and flights are selling. I also noticed that a lot of properties didn't have gardenview, standard or family suites left for that time period. I was thinking of going in November before as my birthday and my sister's are in November.
    Good luck and it's great how much research you've done. Keep asking questions, this forum is great.
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    I have several timeshares "stored up" over at the Marriott Surf Club that expire soon. Although I can pay to defer them, I'm happy to talk about renting if you're interested for a reasonable price. Just message me!

    Good luck!

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    I've stayed at MVC, it's essentially a small motel. It's very basic, but in a great location. If my wife and I were traveling for our anniversary it wouldn't be a consideration for us and she's very low maintenance.

    Looking at Expedia.com for that time frame Manchebo is around $170 a night, not a bad price at all if you had your heart set on it. Amsterdam Manor, starting around $145 a night is another good option.

    The Mill is under $100 a night. The rooms are decent but I would pay a little more to have a hotel with better beach access. The staff there was not good either, I was really disappointed there.

    Another option to consider is using biddingfortravel.com and deciding if you want to bid on a hotel via priceline.com. I got the Marriott for $100 a night back in March using that site. It looks like someone just got a similar deal at the Reaissance during the time you are going to be there, but only for one night. You give up a little control but as long as you get the information from BFT, you can at least have a better idea where you could end up before bidding.

    One other thing to consider is that hotels in the high rise area wouldn't require a car for the week, or much time spent on the bus. That can alter the "value" of some of the options quite significantly.

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    My husband and I have stayed at Manchebo Beach Resort since 2000 and wouldn't change for a thing! To us, being right on the beach (private) is WELL worth the money! We just got back from Cape Cod and as much as we love being at a beach, being on the Cape, the water is freezing, you have to walk far for a restroom, and some of the beaches don't have restrooms, and oh, there are great white sharks now in the waters......was at one on Saturday that got closed down.

    I understand you wanting to save money, but I think you will be SO happy staying at Manchebo....they are SO friendly there, the food is great, Ignacio is a GREAT bartender at the Pega Pega.......

    Just my two cents....whatever you choose to do, have a WONDERFUL trip!

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