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    How much money do you take?

    I'm sure this is a discretionary question and is going to depend on activities/meals, etc. But how much money do you budget for a week?

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    REALLY depends upon what you plan on doing, how much you drink, what types of restaurants, do you gamble?

    Will you rent a car? Will you pay for ANYTHING with a credit card?

    Here is some info
    www.aruba.com/forum/f7/specific-money-situation-29654/
    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Hi, I will give you my perspective on how much 2 adults with 2 teen girls spend on the average a day for aruba....$200.00, that covers sodas, big breakfast, burgers for lunch, and a decent and sometimes pricey dinner with drinks.
    On the snorkeling, we spend about $40 per person, haven't been horsepback riding.
    Drinks are kinda pricey, top shelf can runb around $9 and up.
    Again, thats 2 adults and 2 teens( who don't drink)............
    You will love it !!!

    How much money should I bring with me?


    Advice on Spending Money ( 1 2)


    When we stay all inclusive we bring about $250 for mainly tips, in singles and five's. Off property dinners, excursions and activities we pay by credit card.


    Paying off the balance when we return home.


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    Personally...Here is our budget but as you said everyone is completely different and it all depends on what you are going to do and your situation.

    Some people come and just go crazy on credit cards and figure out how to pay for it through out the next year. Some people have a HUGE budget because they have tons of disposable income (this is not us ) We do make sure we have a blast and eat well!!! But I still try to stick to somewhat of a budget.

    activities: We have been coming for a long time now so we don't budget anything for activities. Our first couple trips we budgeted for tours, de palm island, horse back ridding, atv etc etc. But after that we stopped really putting any money to the side years ago for that. So I can't really speak to how much for that. This can be planned out way in advance just look on their websites ...

    food: For food we budget $100 a day. We are not drinkers at all and only drink water at dinner so this figure might be much much higher if you are. We eat at amazing places and some days are much greater than $100 in food and some are much less. We try to eat breakfast lunch, and snacks in our room by shopping at the ling. This saves a ton! We still budget the same $100 for the day we arrive (not until 3:30pm) and the day we leave (4:30pm) so even that gives us more money through out the week because we are really just doing a dinner on arrival possibly leftovers in the room on departure day. So for monday - tuesday we budget $900 for food.

    Transportation: We budget $200 for transportation. This year we are renting a car with it, but some years that $200 is just set to the side for ground transportation taxi, bus) You should be around $30 for the cab from the airport and $30 back so right there is $60. The other $140 is there for other trips to dinner etc. Figure out where you are going to eat and if you are walking to most then it could be closer to $100 for transportation.

    Spending: This really is not budgeted...Just sorta like real life...If my wife wants it she probably is going to get it if we have the money We don't do a ton of shopping maybe $400 for the week unless there is a piece of jewelry or something incredibly special she wants.

    Casino: Everyone is totally different on this one!!!

    Hope this helps!

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    Thank you so much for the replies and links! The tip of bringing $1/$5 is a great one and definately getting travelers checks. I haven't been out of the country in a long time so a bit nervous and our trip is fast approaching!

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    Most front desks will cash a limited number of traveler's checks each day. For example the Tamarijn I am pretty sure the limit is $100 per day.

    Casinos will also cash travelers checks.

    We only bring singles and five's, maybe a couple of 20's for taxis. Taxi drivers always appreciate exact change.


    LOL, dh went to the back yesterday with his handwritten note of how much he wanted of each denomination for our upcoming trip. Dd would not go into the bank with him because she was afraid the teller would think he was handing over a note that said, "Give me all your money, or else"

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    tax

    There is also the timeshare tax and housekeeping fees charged variously by different resorts. We are staying 4 weeks, so this adds up. We also pay $70 for a month's wifi access.

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    At La Cabana, the fees including energy surcharge are $98 in a studio and 103 in a 1 bedroom (weekly). I remember them being higher than that when we stayed at Playa Linda.

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    You don't need cash for much in Aruba. Certainly not to pay daily room charges and other hotel/timeshare costs. We use credit cards for just about everything significant. Minor purchases, tips when we don't charge the bill, casino visits and such are cash. Most places take credit cards.

    You can always get cash at an ATM in Aruba.

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    We are staying at the Aruba Beach Club and they told us about the fees. Great to know there shouldn't be an issue with credit cards

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    $200 per day in travelers checks plus $500 cash.
    ........with CindyO and daughters
    Annual Aruba visits since 1997. Last visit September 2014. New Year's 2015 and September 2015 are next.



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