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    Never have been to Aruba..few questions

    Hi all -

    I'm considering taking a trip to Aruba this summer with my girlfriends. We are all in our mid/late 20s. None of us have ever been, but we've heard wonderful things. I'm looking into staying at the Radisson and saw some great deals from MCM Tours. One deal includes breakfast, lunch, airfare, room and unlimited beverages for $1,900 per person. The other deal includes breakfast, lunch, airfare, and $150 beverage credit per room for $1,500. How expensive are the drinks at the resorts in general? Does paying the extra $400.00 per person for unlimited alcoholic beverages make sense? I'm just trying to get a sense of how expensive the island is. Also - how is the weather in July/August?? Is it unbearable hot? Are we choosing a poor time to go?

    Thanks!!

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    I have been doing Aruba for a few years, and here is my advice....

    Don't take the unlimited beverage... the Radisson is very nice, but you are going to want to go out at night. Save the 400 and enjoy some nights on the town... you would be right across the street from senor frogs and a ton of other bars in walking distance.

    If you guys want drinks during the day - use your $150 credit or pick up a bottle of something duty free at the airport and make some drinks on the beach with your own stuff. We always bring a cooler of beers to the beach. $1.50 beer is much better than $6 a beer.

    Aruba is more expensive that other islands - but the prices are not ridiculous. If you are used to going out in any big city - prices are comporable.

    July/August expect temps in the low 90's every day. It is hot - but not unbearable. It never gets Vegas hot there - and there is usually a slight ocean breeze.
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    I'm with Shnyda's recomendation. Keep the money in the pocket. No need to commit to the Radison. We always stock up on our cocktail items at the duty free, purchase beers at local grocery (ling and sons) and tryout happy hours at the waterfront bars. Try to pack a soft cooler if you can, you wont regret it.

    With so many great spots along palm beach you will want to keep some spending money available.

    also look into some fun excursions like Jolley Pirate sunset cruise and sunday night at Moombas.

    Ralph

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    it is HOT in the summer, but the trade winds make it easy to take.
    not a bad time to go at all.


    i agree with the others.
    save the $400 pp

    drinks at the rad and other places are about $6- 8 per frozen drink.

    beer could be about $4 - 6

    the local beer is balashi

    enjoy!
    Quote Originally Posted by Laur0712 View Post
    Hi all -

    I'm considering taking a trip to Aruba this summer with my girlfriends. We are all in our mid/late 20s. None of us have ever been, but we've heard wonderful things. I'm looking into staying at the Radisson and saw some great deals from MCM Tours. One deal includes breakfast, lunch, airfare, room and unlimited beverages for $1,900 per person. The other deal includes breakfast, lunch, airfare, and $150 beverage credit per room for $1,500. How expensive are the drinks at the resorts in general? Does paying the extra $400.00 per person for unlimited alcoholic beverages make sense? I'm just trying to get a sense of how expensive the island is. Also - how is the weather in July/August?? Is it unbearable hot? Are we choosing a poor time to go?

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laur0712 View Post
    The other deal includes breakfast, lunch, airfare, and $150 beverage credit per room for $1,500. How expensive are the drinks at the resorts in general?
    This is the deal you want. MCM Tours is terrific.

    Dinner, on or probably off, property, you can budget in advance.

    Take advantage of the Radisson's buy 1 get 1 free happy hour.

    If need be, you can stock up your in room fridge at the Radisson with soda or beer. Depending on how much you drink, with the beverage credit last June, we gave away the soda we bought for our fridge.

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    I think the drinks at Gilligans are about 8 bucks but they have happy hour every day. 2 for 1. Almost all of the pool and beach bars along the boardwalk there have happy hours. You would not be limited to drinking at the Rad. You can stroll all the way south to the Phoenix and all the way north to the Holiday inn on the walkway by the beach and stop at many bars if you want. You can do the same thing on the street sidewalks in front. Save your drink money for exploring.

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    Ive gotten some great deals on drinks at Buster's...

    Don't lock yourself to the Radisson - as nice as it is... there arent that many places to drink on hotel property and I think you'd wind up spending a lot of money off property anyways.
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    Welcome to the forum.

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    Sorry not going to give advice just going to say DO IT! You will love Aruba,DW and I started going 15 - 20 years ago and just cant stop. You came to the right place for advice, lots and lots of knowledge with tons of wonderful people

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    All great advice! The Radisson is a wonderful resort. The Queen stays there when she visits the island, and it was renovated just last year.

    I live here in Aruba (from Pennsylvania) and agree that there is so much night life to experience that you'd be missing out on it if you felt you had to stay at the Radisson for drinks/happy hour to get the most of the money you'd already spent to stay at the Radisson to party. The beach and seaside bars are lots of fun and the music is great! You'll meet more locals that way also. The high rise hotels are close together and you'll find something different at each one.

    We see many groups of women vacationing here and from what we've seen they are always treated well. Enjoy!

    And be sure that there is always one of you who is your "designated driver" whether you drive a car on the island or not - It is easy to drink too much and forget that you should still be careful while on vacation, whether here or any vacation spot in the US. The tips to buy your own alcohol for the beach and room are exactly right.

    Bonbini (welcome) to Aruba... enjoy your trip when the time comes
    Betty Anne

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