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    Senior Member danadog56's Avatar
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    Agree with most of the above posts....If you can stand it, buy some stuff to eat breakfast in, this way its a leisurely get up and get going kind of thing....bagels, muffins, etc.
    And of course, some soda or koolaid or water, something to wet your whistle after a day sunning while getting ready to go out, as well as some munchies....chips, dip, cheese and crackers...

    While we actually cook 90% of our vacation....(we don't mind saving some money as well as not having to worry about rushing in to get ready to go out)...it is as always a personal choice, but we do go out for a few meals at our favorite restaurants and every year choose a new one to try...

    which ever you choose you will still have a remarkable time.....enjoy your vacation in paradise !!!!
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    Hey Darrwenn, last year we never cooked and had a kitchen in our timeshare. We are on vacation and Aruba has alot to offer for any budget-so we dont cook. We loved getting up early and grabbing a take away breakfast sandwich at one of the many local places-$3.00. Great rolls, eggs and cheese and ham breakfast sandwich. It was good on our way to explore the island or go fishing or snorkeling. We found some great local BBQ places roadside that- good prices. We had a cooler and would buy some cheese and fruit at a supermarket for a nice picinic lunch on the beach. We brought the fish we caught to Matthews a couple nights and they cooked it up with sides for $10.00. Salt and Peppers had very fair prices for a good tapas dinner with sangria-under $50.00 per couple. Bobs Pizza is good at ABC-cheap. We always seemed to be able to find a happy hour somewhere and get another great lunch or dinning tip. We spent more mony doing fun activities than we did on dinner. It is a casual fun Island!

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    breakfast, snacks, leftovers( and of course a fully stocked bar) otherwise EAT OUT!!!! I'll be there nov 26---dec 18 and that 's always the plan

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    On my recent trip I arrived at the resort at 3pm but the room was not ready. So I hopped on the bus and went to Lings Supermarket. I spent $45 on groceries, mostly cold cuts, bread, instant coffee, eggs, cream, butter, soda etc. AT LINGS they usually have take out dinners too which is not bad for the first night when you are tired from flying in.

    So basically I got up every morning and heated up some water for the instant coffee, made some toast and an omlette. I would put on CNN and read the Aruba newspaper. This is more relaxing to me than to get dress and go out for breakfast.

    In the afternoon after spending time at the beach or pool, I went back to my room to cool out. I would then make a sandwich.

    For dinner I ate out but some days I was really lazy and didn't want to hop on a bus so I ate at the resort or ordered a whole pizza pie for dinner knowing that I can use the leftovers for lunch the next few days or for a night snack.

    I always save the last night to go to a new or a really great restuarant. I went to Chalette Suisse on my last night and it was worth it.

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    We go out to dinner every night. Breakfast, we bring packets of oatmeal with us get some fruit at lings (try to be healthy at least once a day on vac.) Do maybe one breakfast out somewhere. Lunch we make a sandwich or eat left overs from dinner, or just buy at pool bar. cooked in once when we took our nephew down with us, he is a chef and cooked a outrageous meal for all of us (10). People in the hallway were saying OMG that smells so good what are they cooking!! On vacation I think it's better to eat dinner out it makes it more special when you are away. leaving in 3 day's!! So far we are going to Wacky Wahoo, Barefoot, Driftwood, Chalet Suisse and then see whatever else the week shall bring.

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    Thanks for all the replies. I guess I looked at shopping for groceries and cooking most of the trip as the "responsible" thing to do.
    We're staying at Casa Del Mar. Do they have a little quickie mart on site? Just for milk, bread or juice? I might order from Lings come Monday to get a few more items.
    Looking forward to my Aruba trip:

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    ahhhh you are staying at CDM
    yes there is a little store in main lobby area, but not much selection imo.

    when you arrive,if you are taking a taxi from the airport to the cdm, stop at lings and the taxi driver will wait and the cost is pretty low.

    since you are staying at CDM there are some restaurants in walking distance so you may not have much taxi or bus fares.

    Matthews (near the main pool at CDM)
    French steakhouse at Manchebo
    Tortuga (great breakfast and lunches @ ABC)
    Pizza Bob's and Elliottis and the other restaurant of which i cannot remember the name @ Costa Linda
    Sea Breeze, Windows on Aruba, and Mulligans @ Divi Village and Divi Links

    Tulip @ MVC Eagle Beach
    Chalet Suisse near the Tulip along the beach road.
    Quote Originally Posted by darrwenn View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. I guess I looked at shopping for groceries and cooking most of the trip as the "responsible" thing to do.
    We're staying at Casa Del Mar. Do they have a little quickie mart on site? Just for milk, bread or juice? I might order from Lings come Monday to get a few more items.

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    I like to mix it up, always breakfast at home, lunches either a quick sandwich or something good and reasonably priced like Hot Take Away or Cafe Capri, IF I eat dinner in I go pick up some fish or shrimp at Zeerovers and cook it up. You cant go wrong no matter what you do.Enjoy your vacation

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    Im the odd ball here....we take a few dinners pre cooked frozen in a small bag. We go to the super market and buy the rest of what we need....
    I dont mind coming in and cooking for a few minutes and enjoying the sunset from my patio...we had a grill this year and used it often....and yes we do go out to eat too....i stay at PBV...so its like my summer home/beach house its still very realaxing and we love it more more every time we go....we do always rent a car or van depending how many go with us.

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    We go for at least two weeks, usually 16-17 days, so eating out gets very expensive. We usually pick up groceries for breakfast and lunch, a few things to grill during our stay, snacks, beer, etc. We eat out almost every other night. Some nights we have so many leftovers, we make a meal out of that. Usually towards the end of the trip, we have clean out the fridge night, where we try to eat up most of the food that's left. The rest we toss when we leave. The nights we eat out, we go to nice restaurants or maybe just get a pizza. We usually end up having breakfast and lunch out a few times, depending on what we are doing that day.

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