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    I think the price point of all inclusive is a cost benefit if you like to eat three meals a day and enjoy drinking on vacation.

    We stay in a time share. We eat in a lot. We usually have a light breakfast in the room. I take a cooler to the beach with drinks and snacks or lunch. My husband likes to venture out into town and stops for a drink or two and to grab lunch. He brings home leftovers for me some days. We like to buy things and grill at the resort which always gives us a couple of meals. We make things like tacos or spaghetti which gives us multiple meals. To be honest our focus is not so much on eating. We eat out a lot at home so it isn't a big deal to us.

    We buy liquor for the room and make our own drinks but usually hit a happy hour somewhere too. Aruba can be extremely expensive or it can be more in line with what you would normally spend eating and drinking at home. It really just takes a bit of planning and watching the stores for the cheapest food options.

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    We do a timeshare each year. Not opposed to going AI a lot of places like Jamaica and Mexico but think it is unneccesary and costly on Aruba. Maybe if you are a big drinker it would pay but if you are like us, a few beers and a mixed drink a day is about it. safe island, easy to drive around on. Plenty of grocery stores and shopping. A hundred or more restaurants in all price ranges.
    Cant see flying all the way to Aruba and staying in the resort the whole week or in our case 2. We rent a car for about $190 a week and enjoy driving around the island a little and going to other beaches. Drive to restaurants every night and visit all the casinos as well. Just us maybe.
    I have yet to find an AI on Aruba that costs me less for the 2 of us than staying in a timeshare. We have rented from owners at Playa Linda, Costa Linda and Aruba beach Club. Two years ago we rented a 2 br 2 bath at Costa Linda for $1200 for the week. We were 2 couples, so $600 each. We go to the grocery the first morning and pickup bagels, coffee, cream cheese, watermelon, cantalope, honeydews, oranges etc for breakfast on the deck. Lunch meat, bread, cheese, mustard, pickles, beer and chips for lunches on the deck. We eat out at nice restaurants every night. We could cook dinner but choose not to.
    This is what we do and it works for us.

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    We have experienced Aruba many different ways and started visiting the island with my wife and our 2-yr old daughter. Now our trips have grown into a family of 5. The oldest received her distinguished guest award 2 yrs ago. The middle boy will be eligible for his this trip.

    We used to stay exclusively at the hyatt-high rise on palm beach for the first 8-years, tried the marriot resort, divi AI and countless others. now we only rent time shares. It's the best accomodation for our family. We get two bedrooms and 2 bath a living and kitchen area and a pull out and a full balcony.

    meals in for bkfast and lunch are a huge savings and just so conveniant, beers are always chilled and the rental rates are very affordable. look for week day to week day travel or friday to thursday.

    the AI are a nice treat but are not cheap and limit your dining experiences.
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    Question what is a distinguished guest award?

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    it is a framed certificate given by the aruba tourism authority for travel to aruba for 10 consecutive years.

    contact your hotel/resort concierge for arrangements if you qualify.

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    Question what is a distinguished guest award?

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    I have given this question a weeks worth of thought. Our family of 11 often travels together at Christmas with the grandparent picking up the tab and there is really no way for us to travel other than all inclusive.

    It is going to be a situation where you have to do what is best for you and fits within your budget.

    For us a timeshare as solely an accommodation would be MUCH cheaper, but that does not solve our food and beverage consumption.
    1. NO ONE will cook and then clean up- call it lazy, call it spoiled or just call it vacation
    2. With the mindset it is vacation and not wanting to eat fast food or budget restaurants every night, it is too expensive to eat "out" even every dinner.
    3. Half the group are single and for the most part 20 somethings who enjoy their alcohol consumption.
    • So for your particular situation with the wedding events will your group be willing to cook to save money?
    • The cost per night of a timeshare maybe less expensive than the cost per night of a hotel room
    • However, if you are going to eat all of your meals "out" because no one wants to or has time to cook and clean up, definitely price out an all inclusive resort. In all likelihood it will be less expensive, unless again, people in your party are willing to cook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I have given this question a weeks worth of thought. Our family of 11 often travels together at Christmas with the grandparent picking up the tab and there is really no way for us to travel other than all inclusive.

    It is going to be a situation where you have to do what is best for you and fits within your budget.

    For us a timeshare as solely an accommodation would be MUCH cheaper, but that does not solve our food and beverage consumption.
    1. NO ONE will cook and then clean up- call it lazy, call it spoiled or just call it vacation
    2. With the mindset it is vacation and not wanting to eat fast food or budget restaurants every night, it is too expensive to eat "out" even every dinner.
    3. Half the group are single and for the most part 20 somethings who enjoy their alcohol consumption.
    • So for your particular situation with the wedding events will your group be willing to cook to save money?
    • The cost per night of a timeshare maybe less expensive than the cost per night of a hotel room
    • However, if you are going to eat all of your meals "out" because no one wants to or has time to cook and clean up, definitely price out an all inclusive resort. In all likelihood it will be less expensive, unless again, people in your party are willing to cook.
    No body in our group(my wife and I and sometimes my sis and bil) cooks, unless you count sticking bagels in the toaster and making your own sandwiches. Paper plates go in the trash.

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    Question removed - didn't post properly.
    Last edited by rmfine; 01-23-2013 at 10:37 AM. Reason: spelling error

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    i think most of the timeshare renters do not use a management company for rental.

    Century 21 on aruba gets pretty good reviews for sales and long term rentals

    Quote Originally Posted by rmfine View Post
    Is this an individual rental or through a management company? Also any suggestion for rental management company that offers the best selection of single family homes? Thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubouu View Post
    Well heres my opinion, we just rented a home in Aruba which includes a van for 10 days and its a three bedroom and 2 bath and it has a GREAT pool ,its a great place rented it for $2000.00 For 6 people be there in February ,this will be our first time in Aruba, soooo if u want the website of this place pm me and I will give you the info.
    Is this an individual rental or through a management company? If a rental company, which one? Thx.

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