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    All Inclusive or Not?

    Hay Everyone, Newby to the forum. A long time friend one a trip & I had the good fortune to go with him to Aruba a year ago last Dec. I fell in Love with the Island and its people. I am planning a trip this coming December for our 25th Anniversary.
    My question is All inclusive or Not? I like the Ideal of not having to worry about budgeting for food and drinks while there but I know these packages are typical geared for the people that would normally have a large "bar Tab". my wife nor I are not drinkers but I do like to eat well What are your thoughts? and depending on your choice do you have an opinion on the best place to stay for the best deal?

    When I was there before I stayed at the Ritz and we were off sight for almost every meal but it was all being paid for by my friends Work.
    My wife's cousin is a travel agent and she is recommending the Rui all inclusive.

    I'm open for your recommendations.......the floor is yours!

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    Welcome to the forum..... If you're any type of 'foodie' there are way too many fantastic restaurant options to go all inclusive. There are lots of folks that do all inclusive for various reasons and I'm sure you'll get lots of input. DW and I generally spend 150-225 per day for drinks, breakfast, lunch and great dinners if that helps with your budgeting considerations.

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    Ahhhh... the universal debate continues.

    IF you're into food, I'd say skip the all-inclusive because Aruba has a disproportionate number of good restaurants for an island its size.

    If you're not big drinkers, I wouldn't recommend going all-inclusive unless you can buy a package that's food only.

    If you just hit the beach and that's it, I'd say go all-inclusive if you just don't want to lift a finger.

    Our friends LOVED the Riu (be careful which tower you end up in) and would go again - they did the all-inclusive as they had their two 21+ year old sons with them and didn't want a ridiculous bar tab at check-out.

    All that being said, we love all-inclusive cruises as it's easier to pay for it all up front and then just enjoy the vacation. We've been known to have a few cocktails though so take that with a grain of salt... rimming a margarita glass. I love the concept but it's not for everyone. I also hate having to hunt around for breakfast in the morning.

    Let us know what you decide and especially if you do opt to go all-inclusive - people really want to know if it's good or not.

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    We've done all inclusive for our trips almost exclusively. The good points are; you don't need to bring a lot of cash as everything is prepaid and some all inclusives run really great sales. I would consider myself a bit of a foodie so I never hesitated to go off resort to try a new restaurant. There have been many trips that we've gone off resort every night for dinner. Our trip this year will not be at an all inclusive as we're looking for a change of scenery. I think you can be happy with either choice

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    Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum Mojo!

    I agree with the two posts above. If you are really into the food scene you can't go all-inclusive. There are so many amazing restaurants to check out. You can dine on the beach, toes in the sand or at local establishments to get a real feel for the island life. There are many restaurants with amazing back yard patio seating that I would hate to miss.

    Of course I have also heard good things about the AI resorts and some people swear by them, drinkers or not

    Stay involved here on the forum and let us know what you choose!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum mojo

    i agree with the prior 3 postings...........aruba has so many awesome restaurants and if you are not drinkers of alcohol.....i would say skip all inclusive.
    what works for some does not work for all.
    whatever you decide, welcome and visit here often

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    Thanks for all the input so far everyone! While I was browsing the web at some point I came across a package for dinning that appeared to cover several resturaunts. has anyone done this or seen it before? Unfortunately I cant remember where I saw it now but I thought it might be a good alternative to the all inclusive plus have several meals already paid for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo13 View Post
    Thanks for all the input so far everyone! While I was browsing the web at some point I came across a package for dinning that appeared to cover several resturaunts. has anyone done this or seen it before? Unfortunately I cant remember where I saw it now but I thought it might be a good alternative to the all inclusive plus have several meals already paid for.
    This may be what you are looking for...... https://arubadining.com/dine-around-plan/

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    Well it looks like on a 5 night stay I can save about $1100-$1300 by not going AI. This would give me around $250 a day for me and the wife to eat and drink. I know it will depend on where we eat but I would think this should be doable. Plus we can go where ever we want! Am I thinking straight or for those of you that have been there and done that am I off in lala land?

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    $250 a day should be adequate for eating and drinking. It sounds like you are doubtful about an all inclusive. I say, when in doubt don't. Last trip we stayed at AI for the first half of the vacation and then moved to a hotel that was not AI. We spent about $200 and $250 a day for meals and drinks.

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