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    Questions-First Timer

    I have a couple of questions about the "layout" of the Island. We are staying at the Marriott when we go in June. One question I have is are the other resorts/casinos walking distance or do you need to Uber or Cab around island to get from one location to another. The maps I am finding of the layout of the land make it difficult to tell the distance between things.
    My second question is are there stores/shops in which you can buy liquor (Titos/Makers Mark to be specific). Just trying to save a bit on alcohol by buying some of our favorites in bottles and making our own drinks. Is it even possible/permitted to make your own drinks on beach????
    Sorry if these are stupid questions. Just have no idea what to expect.
    Thanks for any help.

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    welcome!

    there are no stupid questions.
    seriously.

    I would buy some liquor duty free at your home airport.
    Also too there is duty free at Aruba arrival, right after you pick up your luggage.

    Yes you can mix liquor on the beach....maybe a bit inconvenient, but where there's a will there's a way.


    There is no Uber in Aruba.
    Plentiful taxis!
    Here is the taxi price chart
    http://www.aruba.com/sigma/Aruba_Tax...Taxi_Fares.pdf

    Here is a guesstimare on miles from the Marriott....
    Palm Beach restaurants and resorts are all less then a mile south of the marriott.

    Eagle Beach is about 3 miles

    Downtown is about 6 miles



    Quote Originally Posted by dlde223 View Post
    I have a couple of questions about the "layout" of the Island. We are staying at the Marriott when we go in June. One question I have is are the other resorts/casinos walking distance or do you need to Uber or Cab around island to get from one location to another. The maps I am finding of the layout of the land make it difficult to tell the distance between things.
    My second question is are there stores/shops in which you can buy liquor (Titos/Makers Mark to be specific). Just trying to save a bit on alcohol by buying some of our favorites in bottles and making our own drinks. Is it even possible/permitted to make your own drinks on beach????
    Sorry if these are stupid questions. Just have no idea what to expect.
    Thanks for any help.

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    Welcome. I just use my google map to check how close anything is from the Marriott, etc. works great. Have a wonderful time in June.

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    Thanks for joining us on the forum..... sounds like a wonderful first trip!

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    We've put drinks into reusable colored water bottles so there is no glass on the beach or pool and if you are someplace that doesn't want you to bring your own booze it looks like you are just drinking water.

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    We have stayed next door to the Marriott at the Holiday Inn. I would walk on the beachside to the Holiday Inn,cross through the lobby to the front and walk across the street where there are restaurants,shops etc. There is a mini mart where they sell snacks,beer etc. I agree with Andrea on buying alcohol at duty free either at your airport or in Aruba. We have bought in Aruba- Stoli Raz and Captain Morgan- 1 bottle per person is allowed. We also pack a small collapsible cooler to fill for the beach. We always ask the taxi driver on our way to the resort to stop at the supermarket so we can get beer and snacks- it costs a little extra but then we are all set to vacation.

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    Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum! You have some great suggestions already You will find just about anything you need at Superfood for snacks or drink mixing
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ



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    Hi, welcome to the forum! If it wasn't possible to make drinks on the beach, half of us would never return to Aruba. Check out the thread regarding insulated cups to make your drinks last longer. You will be able to cruise Palm Beach on foot with no problem from any of the Marriott properties. You could consider renting a car for a couple of days, they drive on the right and most signs are easily recognized. In addition to being able to explore Eagle Beach and downtown, you can travel inland to more reasonably priced stores. Remember, Aruba is only 18 miles long by 6 miles wide so it's kinda hard to get lost for very long and there are lots of things to see away from the resort areas. Have fun!

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    You are smart to ask these questions now, before you go. The first year we went, we found the drinks to be very expensive, so after the first couple of days, we bought our own booze, mixed our drinks, and hauled them to the beach in the ice bucket. We bought a soft sided cooler for the next year. We rented a car for the first two years. We resented paying for it since it sat in the parking lot all day. Now, we either walk, take the bus, or take a taxi. Hope you have a great time!!

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