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    Hi all. My wife and I are planning a week long vacation to Aruba in Feb. We will be renting a vacation rental through VRBO. I done quite a bit of research already but still haven't decided on where we want to stay. Have seen some nice places in Eagle and Baby beaches and also in the Noord area. So basically just trying to ask for some advice/info on where's best to stay. I notice that Eagel and Baby beaches are a bit pricier than the Noord area and we are on a bit of a budget but how is the Noord area for walking around, amenities and such? We will be renting a car so staying right on the beach is not a priority. Any other advice for a newbie would be appreciated as well.

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    Welcome to the aruba.com community forum. eagle and
    palm beach areas are the tourist areas. Baby beach although gets plenty of tourists has very few vacation rentals and is about 12 miles away from tourist activities. It is well off the beaten path . i would recommend looking at eagle, noors, malmok .QUOTE=DiggerDawg;251418]Hi all. My wife and I are planning a week long vacation to Aruba in Feb. We will be renting a vacation rental through VRBO. I done quite a bit of research already but still haven't decided on where we want to stay. Have seen some nice places in Eagle and Baby beaches and also in the Noord area. So basically just trying to ask for some advice/info on where's best to stay. I notice that Eagel and Baby beaches are a bit pricier than the Noord area and we are on a bit of a budget but how is the Noord area for walking around, amenities and such? We will be renting a car so staying right on the beach is not a priority. Any other advice for a newbie would be appreciated as well.[/QUOTE]

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    Hi! Welcome to the forum!

    It doesn't really matter much where you stay in the Eagle/Palm Beach areas - all the activities you may want are quite close by and accessible.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Eagle / Palm beach would be fine... Noord is also less than a 5 minute drive to the tourist areas. I would not want to stay down by Baby Beach... while the beach itself is nice, you would be a good 30 - 40 minute drive from a bulk of the restaurants and other tourist activities on the Island. Take a look at Gold Coast -- they have nice rentals in a gated community with a pool. My have a place in their and visit a few times a year. Many people do weekly rentals there. It is a 5 minute drive from the "strip".
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    Hi there ad welcome. I live in Noord about a mile from the beach and about 5 minutes for the high rise strip. My next door neighbor rents out his house by the week at a reasonable price (less than a $1,000 /week). You can check it out on "homeaway.com" #935141. It has 3 bedrooms (sleeps 5), 2 bedrooms and a pool. Very nice and clean in a nice neighborhood. Not sure of the availability, but it is an option as long as you have a car to get around. . .

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)

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    Thanks all for the advice, we have booked our flights and arriving Mar 9 for a week. Still haven't booked our accomadations yet but looking at the Arashi or Malmok areas as I want to be close to some good snorkel areas. After reading the forums I've learned a lot but still have one question.

    I know that the american dollar is widely accepted from reading but do the local businesses and people who would be recieving tips prefer us tourists using Florins (sp?), I'm just thinking that is I were a service employee here in Canada I would prefer to be paid in my local currency, less hassle to exchange and such. And since I am travelling from Canada I have to exchange my money anyway so USD or Florins makes no difference.

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    The US dollar is so widely accepted, no one will be upset if you pay your bill and tip using them. You will accumulate Florin while you are on the island, you pay in US dollars and get Florin in change at the grocery stores, busses, some other places. At the grocery store you can exchange Florin back to US dollars if you want at the service counter. I use mine for tips near the end of my stay sometimes, usually at the timeshare or "One Happy Bar" at the airport.

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    my experience is that the US $ is preferred.
    restaurants, casinos, tips........
    Quote Originally Posted by DiggerDawg View Post
    Thanks all for the advice, we have booked our flights and arriving Mar 9 for a week. Still haven't booked our accomadations yet but looking at the Arashi or Malmok areas as I want to be close to some good snorkel areas. After reading the forums I've learned a lot but still have one question.

    I know that the american dollar is widely accepted from reading but do the local businesses and people who would be recieving tips prefer us tourists using Florins (sp?), I'm just thinking that is I were a service employee here in Canada I would prefer to be paid in my local currency, less hassle to exchange and such. And since I am travelling from Canada I have to exchange my money anyway so USD or Florins makes no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiggerDawg View Post
    Hi all. My wife and I are planning a week long vacation to Aruba in Feb. We will be renting a vacation rental through VRBO. I done quite a bit of research already but still haven't decided on where we want to stay. Have seen some nice places in Eagle and Baby beaches and also in the Noord area. So basically just trying to ask for some advice/info on where's best to stay. I notice that Eagel and Baby beaches are a bit pricier than the Noord area and we are on a bit of a budget but how is the Noord area for walking around, amenities and such? We will be renting a car so staying right on the beach is not a priority. Any other advice for a newbie would be appreciated as well.
    You can also rent a week at places like Costa Linda and Playa Linda as well as Aruba Beach Club and Casa Del Mar. There are usually quite a few owner rentals available at these sites. These places are all directly on the beach as well. If you go to their respective web sites you will find their bulletin boards that rental units are on.

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    One place to consider is the Aruba Pearl (now known as the Aruba Breeze). It is a great deal, lots of space and close to most things. I think I've stayed there five times. It is on the same road as the Screaming Eagle by Eagle Beach. Aruba is fantastic. We're going back next week.

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