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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo13 View Post
    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?
    Sounds about right with a mix of top end and mid range restaurants..... and you don't drink much..... you'll love some of the restaurant choices.

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    If you decide not to go all-inclusive you may want to consider packing some snacks from home and/or making a trip to the grocery store. It adds a little "work" to the vacation, but it is worth it to have some drinks and snacks available in your room, depending on what you like. I say work, but really takes us about an hour total to do the grocery store visit. We are beer drinkers so the taxi is paid for by the savings. If you only need a few things, most resorts have a small convenience store but items will be more expensive than the grocery store. My husband is a caffeine junkie and neither of us drinks coffee, so we like to stock up on his sodas and some juice and Gatorade to have in our room especially for the mornings. If you are someone who sticks mainly to water or coffee, this may be unnecessary, as water from the tap in Aruba is delicious and safe to drink. You may want to bring a water bottle to refill daily. We also bought sandwich fixings and fresh fruit to have on our lazy beach days.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Welcome to the forum! I think your daily budget of $250 for meals and drinks would be more than enough for you and the wife. Although there may be an evening or two you go over, there should be days you don't even come close. There are great restaurants on the island at every price point. Some of the less expensive places happen to be some of our favorites: Linda's and MooMba for breakfast and Casa Tua, Barney's, Bingo and Smokey Joe's for dinner. We eat light lunches mostly made in the room with a few visits to Scott's Brats. Barefoot is one of our favorites for special occasions.

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    Another thought for not going All Inclusive:

    You would be more independent in regards where to eat. For instance, if you like to explore the island, going to Baby Beach, wanted to check out Charlie's Bar in San Nicolas. Or, on your way back, you decide to dine in Oranjestad. There are so many options.

    And, in case if you make friends during your stay and want to hang out with them.

    Just some thoughts...

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    The dine around plan in my mind is not worth it. There are a lot of things excluded, the number of restaurants limited and subject to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    The dine around plan in my mind is not worth it. There are a lot of things excluded, the number of restaurants limited and subject to change.
    Big fat agree with that..... plus too much planning has to go into 'where to eat'.... we like to be a bit more spontanious except for the couple/few top shelf nights!

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    Definitely not lala land!

    very doable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo13 View Post
    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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    Agree
    years ago the AGA plan was worth it to many.
    It lost its popularity due to restaurant choices and exclusions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    The dine around plan in my mind is not worth it. There are a lot of things excluded, the number of restaurants limited and subject to change.

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    Ok the wife and I have read every ones comments, looked up each resort/hotel our agent has shown us, read reviews, looked at multiple pictures, compared prices, etc. etc. etc. I believe we have come to a preliminary decision! We are leaning towards a non AI at the Divi Phoenix -Studio. We may upgrade to a 1 Bedroom for the added conveyance and space but are waiting on costs.

    Now that we think we know what we want is there anything we should know to look for or be aware of at this facility. I have read good things about this resort in other threads but want to make sure we didn't miss anything.

    Everyone here has been a big help so far and I thank you all!

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    I've always admired the location of the DP. Close enough to the high rise area but not as busy. Keep in mind this is a timeshare property. I think most units will have kitchens. You may want to consider renting a unit from an owner for savings over booking from the resort. There are always units for rent on www.redweek.com.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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