There seem to be many different opinions about whether to do AI or not on Aruba. I thought a good comprehensive discussion would help everyone. I do not think there is a right or wrong choice. It is an individual choice. I will list my thoughts for why we do not do AI to Aruba. You list yours, pro or con. We do not do AI on Aruba for various reasons. The main reason we don't is because we think it is not worth the additional expense. Last June we took our grandson so there were 3 adults. One week at the Costa Linda Beach resort, purchased from an owner was $1,100. The unit was a 4th floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath with full kitchen overlooking the pool and ocean. Taxes and energy charge were about $25 a day. Total room cost was about $1,275 for the week. Checking rates at the Tamarjn and RIU, I found several different AI rates. The lowest was at the RIU at $4,943 for a week, the Tam ranged from $5,400 to $7,107. The only price that was in a 2 bedroom, ocean front was the Tam at the highest rate. This rate had a note that said it was 35% off the standard rate. Maybe there are cheaper AIs but I did not check for more. The difference for the week is between $3,800 and $5,800. Between restaurants, grocery store and bar tab we spent an additional $1,780 for the week. I will even throw in the rental car we got from Hans at $160 for the week because we did have to drive to eat most of the time. That makes our total for the week $3,215. Maybe you get better rates.
Another reason we don't do AI is the food. We have yet to go to an AI where the food is anything more than good or OK. We have been to a few where it was not good. I think there is a tendency at some AI resorts to think, what do we care what we feed them, they already paid for it. We have found the Aruba restaurant scene to be full of great places to eat and pass the time.
Another reason is that we feel safe driving around on Aruba, unlike Jamaica, the DR and Mexico. So it is an enjoyable experience to check out new places or revisit old favorites.
These are our thoughts, what are yours?