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    Visiting Aruba Alone?

    Hi,

    I planned a trip for 3 people and the other 2 people have backed out. 1 was my girlfriend who left me so its kinda a depressing time for me right now . So now its just me staying at the divi village resort for 7 nights at the end of July.

    I have read other posts about visiting Aruba alone and it sounds like most people say go and have a great time. I'm just wanting to discuss this a little more. I enjoy the beach but also like sightseeing and love good restaurants. If i still go i would probably enjoy a little time on the beach each day but spend the rest of my time relaxing either on the beach or at the pool. Then of course each night i plan on having a good dinner somewhere and probably won't rent a car(unless you think i should).

    Just looking to have a discussion about my situation.

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    go for it!!

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    Don't see any down side to going alone. My Mother in law goes all the time alone. As for renting a car, we never have in the 20 years or so we have been going. Drive to and from work all week long don't want to deal with it while on vacation plus you can have that 1 last cocktail and not worry
    Hope you go and have a great time!!!

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    Thanks for the info, one quick question about cabs.
    I understand the fare sheet but what I don't understand is how to get a cb without having a phone to call them? For example I know when I leave my hotel I'll easily get a cab there but what about going from restaurant to hotel? I heard you cannot just hail a cab.

    Also a lot of people seem to suggest a rental car so you can stop where you want when passing a nice shop or restaurant .

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    I say go for it also. There are many singles that visit the island, you will have new and sometimes lasting friends in no time. An inexpensive way to get around is by bus if you are into public transportation, plus any restaurant you visit will be glad to call a cab for you.

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    i am one that often suggests rental cars.
    it is not necessarily a good thing for all people.
    my husband and i like to be able to pick up and head snorkeling wherever and whenever we want.
    my guess is that the majority of folks do not get car rentals.
    i am sure that we could do without and take advantage of the bus and the cabs, but it is one of those things......."gotta know i have wheels"

    sometimes there are cabs waiting at restaurants.
    often times the hostess will call the cab for you.
    also often times, you cab driver to the restaurant will make a plant to come pick you up a couple of hours later.


    Quote Originally Posted by jtwcarboy View Post
    Thanks for the info, one quick question about cabs.
    I understand the fare sheet but what I don't understand is how to get a cb without having a phone to call them? For example I know when I leave my hotel I'll easily get a cab there but what about going from restaurant to hotel? I heard you cannot just hail a cab.

    Also a lot of people seem to suggest a rental car so you can stop where you want when passing a nice shop or restaurant .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtwcarboy View Post
    I'll easily get a cab there but what about going from restaurant to hotel? I heard you cannot just hail a cab.
    We rent a car at most one or two days during a trip. Otherwise we use taxis.

    Only once in 17 years and 20 visits to Aruba did we have a restaurant refuse to call a taxi for us at the end of our meal. AND it was raining that evening NEEDLESS to say, the restaurant which had been long established, is OUT OF BUSINESS.

    So go without any worries and have a wonderful time. I hear that Mulligan's right at the Divi Village has terrific food. For Asian cuisine there is a new restaurant, Ginger, near the Alhambra casino, which has also received some good reviews.

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    Rental cars on the island can be very affordable. We rent from Royal, and while their cars are a bit beat up, they generally work well. We presently have a Datsun for 160$ a week. Cab fares during a week can exceed this if you are planning long trips to say San Nicolaas or inland. Just a thought

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    Thanks for all the info, i'm mostly planning to hang out near my resort and then for dinner head out each night to a different restaurant. Ill defenately give mulligans a try. Besides that my days will consist of waking up late, sit on beach or pool for 4-5 hrs . Then walk around a little then go to dinner and then maybe a casino at night (if there is one near divi village).

    Here is the list of restaurants i was thinking of visiting, anyone have any comments (good/bad) on any of these?


    Gasparito(must)
    Driftwood(must)
    Windows on Aruba(must)
    Barefoot(must)
    Gostoso(must)
    Amadeus(not a must)
    Lindas Dutch Pancakes and Pizzas(must)
    Smokey Joes Island Grill(must)
    Que Pasa Aruba
    French Steakhouse(must)
    Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill(not a must)
    Carambola(must)
    Passions on the beach(must)



    Also it sounds like a cab may work better for me since ill mostly be sitting around the resort (will probably pay for a jeep tour to the national park if you know a good company let me know ). I did find an avis rental for $194 for the week but with a $300 hold and any gas costs plus the risk of crashing or getting lost, cab may be better, im indecisive lol

    Was also thinking of a fishing charter for 1/2 day, if you know anyone.

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    You'll love Aruba, whether alone or in a group. The people are friendly; the staff at the hotels are wonderful; and, the food and climate are long remembered after you return.

    Don't worry...It will be relaxing or a pleasant blast.

    Ed

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