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    Quote Originally Posted by TennCouple View Post

    Can you bring liquor bottles in your suitcase and purchase liquor at the duty free store?

    I still have not decided if I want to rent a car for the week or not. Is it easier to do this at the airport or at the resort? Also does anyone have any recommendations on good, but cheap rental places? I am 23 years old, so I will have to check on the minimum rental age.

    My fiance was wanting to know where is the best shopping? Certain malls?

    Once again, thanks for all the suggestions. Does anyone have any answers/suggestions for the questions above?
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    If you want to economize, you may want to make a trip to Ling and Sons within your first couple of days. You have full cooking facilities in the rooms of ABC. I stayed at ABC back in April, and we made dinner in the room 4 out of 7 nights. We went "all out" twice and ordered pizza another. Happy Hour at ABC is from 4 - 6 and the drinks are 2-1. Subway is across the street, as well as Dunkin Donuts for a quick sandwich or coffee fix (prices are about the same as US). Or again, but some supplies to keep in the room to cut down on restaurant costs (although I would highly recommend the grouper sandwich at ABC). We brought with us a jar of peanut butter and jelly, cans of tuna, a bag of Lender's bagels, and a box of breakfast bars. This helped out a great deal during the day. You can definitely find ways to economize and then spend money on the things and places you really want to do, see, eat, and drink.

    To save money - you can rent a car for just a couple of days. This is what we did. Picked the car up at the airport, kept it for 3 days, then returned it. This allowed for a couple of trips to the grocery store, a trip out to Baby Beach, the California lighthouse, and other must see's.

    As far as shopping goes - downtown is probably the best place for this. There are some trendy designer shops, as well as local souveneir shops. There is a row of shops behind the Rennaissance mall that have sell knock-off designer purses. There is a new mall by the high rise hotels, but I found these shops very high end.

    Enjoy!
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    Yes, you can bring liquor in your suitcase, and buy at the duty free shop. The suitcase cannot be your carry on and has to go in as checked in luggage. Would I do that.....NO....don't carry for vodka soaked clothes....I highly suggest you buy at your airport at the duty free shop !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Sox Girl View Post
    If you want to economize, you may want to make a trip to Ling and Sons within your first couple of days. You have full cooking facilities in the rooms of ABC. I stayed at ABC back in April, and we made dinner in the room 4 out of 7 nights. We went "all out" twice and ordered pizza another. Happy Hour at ABC is from 4 - 6 and the drinks are 2-1. Subway is across the street, as well as Dunkin Donuts for a quick sandwich or coffee fix (prices are about the same as US). Or again, but some supplies to keep in the room to cut down on restaurant costs (although I would highly recommend the grouper sandwich at ABC). We brought with us a jar of peanut butter and jelly, cans of tuna, a bag of Lender's bagels, and a box of breakfast bars. This helped out a great deal during the day. You can definitely find ways to economize and then spend money on the things and places you really want to do, see, eat, and drink.

    To save money - you can rent a car for just a couple of days. This is what we did. Picked the car up at the airport, kept it for 3 days, then returned it. This allowed for a couple of trips to the grocery store, a trip out to Baby Beach, the California lighthouse, and other must see's.

    As far as shopping goes - downtown is probably the best place for this. There are some trendy designer shops, as well as local souveneir shops. There is a row of shops behind the Rennaissance mall that have sell knock-off designer purses. There is a new mall by the high rise hotels, but I found these shops very high end.

    Enjoy!
    Thanks Red Sox Girl and Cindyo!

    Red Sox Girl since you stayed at ABC how was your experience? Would you stay there again? Was the beach/pool crowded?
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    TennCouple,
    It was a good experience. ABC doesn't have a lot of frills, which is fine by me. Just for perspective, this was my 7th trip to Aruba, so I wasn't necessarily looking to be in the middle of the action. I'm in my mid 40's, so for me the late nights out are few and far between. I went with one of my friends and her 2 sisters. Their parents have owned at ABC for many many years. That is how I ended up there - more as a tag-a-long (hey, I'll get there anyway I can). We were there the week of April school vacation so a lot of young children at the pool. The pool was most crowded in the mid to late afternoon. The beach - get there SUPER EARLY if you want to have a grass hut (which you will need for shade!). When I say early - one of the girls in our group would set her alarm for 5:30 a.m., take her towel and go sit on the beach. Believe it or not she was not the first on the beach. I'm not that ambitious when I'm on vacation - but if you want a decent beach spot - go early. The beach itself wasn't real crowded.

    Happy Hour gets real crowded right at 4:00. My suggestion is to belly up to the bar around 3:45 and wait. Make nice with the bartenders - easy to do - everyone was super nice.

    The Alhambra casino is directly across the street. This is where we mostly ended up at night. Not much other nightclub life right around there. For that, you can catch the bus either into town or out to the high rises.

    FYI - the picture in my avatar was taken at sunset on the beach at ABC.

    If you have any other questions, feel free.

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    I have thought of another question. We have a 6 month old child we will be leaving with his grandparents while on the honeymoon and would like to be able to have contact anytime. Is there a phone rental place? If so has anyone used one of these places before or any recommendations?
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    www.arubafastphones.com

    the proprietor is a true gentleman and runs a nice business of cell phone rentals.
    tell him Andrea recommends.
    his name is Charles Croes (pronounced cruise)

    Quote Originally Posted by TennCouple View Post
    I have thought of another question. We have a 6 month old child we will be leaving with his grandparents while on the honeymoon and would like to be able to have contact anytime. Is there a phone rental place? If so has anyone used one of these places before or any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    www.arubafastphones.com

    the proprietor is a true gentleman and runs a nice business of cell phone rentals.
    tell him Andrea recommends.
    his name is Charles Croes (pronounced cruise)
    Thank you!
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    I was wondering if anyone has rented from American Car Rental. I was looking at renting for 3 days and it looks like they might have the cheapest rates. Here is the link?
    http://www.american-car-rental.com/a...n/do/home.html

    Has anyone rented or heard anything about this company?
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    You better be excited!!

    Married in Aruba in 2003.....5th trip next month....you will be amazed of a beautiful Island and it's weather and for tops, it's people. I am and always will be hooked on Aruba.....email me at dasherbraner@charter.net if you have any questions......Hickory, NC

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