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Thread: Some questions ..Heading to Aruba in April

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    Some questions ..Heading to Aruba in April

    We are FINALLY going to Aruba next month for the first time, staying at the Riu Palace. Some rookie questions are : Are regular golf/polo shirts considered "collared" for evening dinners or does that literally mean button-front, standing collar shirts? Are leather sandals OK to wear for men? I know refreshments are available on the beach at an all-inclusive, but what about plain old bottled water ... do I need to buy somewhere there or is it generally provided? Is a small soft-side cooler necessary? We're only staying for a week but my wife and I will both be checking a bag plus carrying something so we should have room to pack all we need to bring, probably more than will be needed!

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    terrific that you are heading to aruba in april.
    collared shirts = golf or polo like shirts. some wear button down, but the norm is golf-like shirts.
    yes to leather sandals
    the riu requires men to wear long pants in some of their restaurants (i am not sure if all restaurants at the riu require long pants..hopefully someone else will know better)
    water...bring some empty water bottles and fill them in your room or a yeti or rtic to go cup!
    aruba has awesome drinking water.
    but you will be all inclusive, so they may provide bottles of water.

    a small soft sided cooler might be good to have to throw a couple of bottles of water in it and some fruit that you can pick up at breakfast!

    i bet you are excited.


    Quote Originally Posted by movieman View Post
    We are FINALLY going to Aruba next month for the first time, staying at the Riu Palace. Some rookie questions are : Are regular golf/polo shirts considered "collared" for evening dinners or does that literally mean button-front, standing collar shirts? Are leather sandals OK to wear for men? I know refreshments are available on the beach at an all-inclusive, but what about plain old bottled water ... do I need to buy somewhere there or is it generally provided? Is a small soft-side cooler necessary? We're only staying for a week but my wife and I will both be checking a bag plus carrying something so we should have room to pack all we need to bring, probably more than will be needed!

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    You must be crazy with excitement.... packing tip....... pack half of what you think you'll need and you'll still pack too much!

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    Another packing tip.... bring twice the money you think you'll need!

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    Only the a la cartes require long pants. My husband brought one pair and just recycled them and changed his shirts. As long as you have one empty bottle, we just fill it with tap water and put it in the fridge. The staff is very quick to fill up your drinks, around the pool anyways. A little too quick at times lol. Had to have a few naps. I found for women, the style of dress ranged from very dressed up to quite casual. I mostly brought sundresses, because they pack easily. The first year I brought heels and almost twisted my ankle, so now I stick to one pair of flat white sandals and one pair of black.

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    Funny that the only restaurants on Aruba that require long pants are at the All inclusive resorts. You have already paid money to eat but unless you bring the proper clothes they will restrict what and where you can eat.

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    April is almost here! I bet you are thrilled!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thanks to everyone for all the good advice! WaltVB, I get the money thing ... but I thought that other than lots of tip dollars, it's better to rely on credit cards than cash.

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    there are lots of thoughts and much discussion over bring lots of cash or using debit or credit cards.

    i think that the general consensus is a mix of both cash and credit.

    Quote Originally Posted by movieman View Post
    Thanks to everyone for all the good advice! WaltVB, I get the money thing ... but I thought that other than lots of tip dollars, it's better to rely on credit cards than cash.

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