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    Another few Questions ?
    In Aruba do they have are normal voltage for the hotel?
    Found a very cheap 12 cup coffee pot ($8.00) just so I can have my morning fix before I head out.
    Will bring my own DD coffee, equal and creamora.
    Was wondering if this is allowed?

    Should I bring my own beach towels or do you think the Ren. will have them. Don't want those "little towels."

    We never flew to an island always done cruises...
    Will we go through customs at MCO before Orlando and then again in Aruba.... vs when flying back home

    I know it is a lot of questions.. but being OCD (my son calls it CDO cause everything has to be in order)

    Will we need any real dressy clothes or can we dress nice casual ?

    Any tips would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thanks...

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    OK..... regular 110v for hotels.... most hotels provide in room coffee pots the towel hut will have beach towels for your use. Immigration entering the island and then customs when you leave. BB... regarding clothes casual is good for most every place. I have never worn long pants in Aruba. Pack half of what you think you'll need and it will still be too much to bring...!

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    i answered in bold
    Quote Originally Posted by brady bear View Post
    Another few Questions ?
    In Aruba do they have are normal voltage for the hotel? SAME AS USA
    Found a very cheap 12 cup coffee pot ($8.00) just so I can have my morning fix before I head out. Renaissance has 1 cup Pod type (not keurig compatible)
    Will bring my own DD coffee, equal and creamora.
    Was wondering if this is allowed? Yup allowed

    Should I bring my own beach towels or do you think the Ren. will have them. Don't want those "little towels.Ren provides beach and pool towels

    We never flew to an island always done cruises...
    Will we go through customs at MCO before Orlando and then again in Aruba.... vs when flying back home.

    You will pass thru Aruba Immigration and Aruba Customs in Aruba. When you depart Aruba, you will pass thru Aruba Immigration and then USA Customs in Aruba Once you get back to Orlando you will not have to go thru customs again


    I know it is a lot of questions.. but being OCD (my son calls it CDO cause everything has to be in order)

    Will we need any real dressy clothes or can we dress nice casual ?Casual. nice shorts and tops are perfect for dinner or sun dress. men= shorts and a collared short sleeve golf type shirt.
    Any tips would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thanks...

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    We used to bring dunks, sweet and low and creamora for Renn visit. Honestly the little Mariott coffee pod thingy is actually very good. We do bring the fixings to Surf for their reg ole coffee maker.
    ALSO to note dunks is steps outside the door in the Renn marketplace, Starbucks too! Get you donuts, muffins, sippy cups there .
    They refill those things for a nominal fee. And I mean steps away!!
    just good info to have.

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    Thanks for the quick response,
    all great info
    Will pack very light. Leave room in my suitcase for extra stuff to take home.

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    Listen to CP!!! Don't over pack. I'm trying, really I'm trying. I've been packing for a month now. I started with large piles of everything I thought I needed to take. Every so often I take a couple things out. Last night I took out another 4 shirts.

    I've always worn a skort, longer shorts or a pair of thinner black wide legged lounge pants to dinner with a simple top. I have about 5 dressier tank tops and a bolero type sweater. DH wears shorts and a nice shirt to dinner; never a tie. You really only wear your dinner clothes for a short period of time each evening that you can wear them again.

    Most resorts/hotels have full size beach towels. The nice thing about using their towels is that you can exchange them when yours becomes too wet. It's nice not to have to drag towels back and forth.

    Here is my beach fave beach tip; put a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. It is the best thing for getting sand off your feet. Just sprinkle it on and wipe it off. The powder dries the sand instantly.

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    As far as saving money in Aruba (or any vacation for that matter) is concerned, my wife and I always try to find a grocery store. Luckily when we were in Aruba, we found Super Food right down the road from the Amsterdam Manor and grabbed just a loaf of bread and some nutella for breakfast. Kind of a strange breakfast, I know, but the price was right and it covered us for about 7 of our 10 days down there. For drinks, we made sure to go to Stefan's Happy Hour at the Amsterdam Manor (aside: I hear Stefan has been replaced by a bartender named Peter who everyone seems to love. Can anyone confirm? And does anyone know what happened to Stefan?) and we also brought our own booze so if we wanted something like a Pina Colada or something, we could order it boozeless, save a couple bucks, and booze it up ourselves.

    We also tried to keep lunches cheap, opting for something quick at Passions Beach Bar or The Islander Grill over at La Cabana. Good for the price and left us a little extra coin to spend on dinner.

    Oh, and make sure you bring enough sunscreen. The cost of sunscreen down there is a tough pill to swallow.

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    I'm with you on the sunscreen. I watch the prices year round and order online when I see a good deal. We use a ton of sunscreen at home and on vacation. For anyone who has flex-spending for medical expenses through work (FSA), any sunscreen over 35 spf qualifies as an eligible expense so you can spend your tax free FSA money to get reimbursed when you buy it. We always buy 35 and 50.

    We try to save on breakfast since we don't really like much breakfast type food. Last trip we bought some of the worst bagels I have ever tasted from Superfoods. Next time I think we may just do cheese and fruit. Also if you have room in your suitcase, pringles are travel friendly chips because of their containers. We haven't brought them from home yet, but I think we will next time.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    You're definitely right! I also do the same thing the whole time I took a vacation with my whole family. Cooking on your own instead of going out every meal (breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner) is undoubtedly helpful when you're on budget, seeing the bunch of the members to pay for.

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    hello jason and welcome to the aruba.com community forum
    Quote Originally Posted by jaysonmoore892 View Post
    You're definitely right! I also do the same thing the whole time I took a vacation with my whole family. Cooking on your own instead of going out every meal (breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner) is undoubtedly helpful when you're on budget, seeing the bunch of the members to pay for.

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