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    Where to stay Interval int. member.

    Hi, I have never been to Aruba. Was looking at the website to get Info on where to stay. I am an Interval Int. Member and was thinking of going to aruba The book shows lots of places I am not sure when I am going. But love to research and find where to stay from people That have been there. Some of the choices from the book are.
    Carribbean Palm Village. The Aruban resort and casino at eagle beach. La Cabana beach and racket club.. Paradise Beach Villas..The Dutch village..Aruba beach club.. Playa linda beach resort..Costa linda beach resort .Divi village golf and beach resort.. Renassiance Aruba resort and casino.. Casa del mar beach resort. Marriot's Aruba surf club and Royal Palm at Riu palace I am sure there others and some of them may not even be available But I would like to get a few suguestions for the right place to stay.
    Or your top 3 picks
    Thanks for your help I can't wait to visit aruba........

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    Senior Member EHampite's Avatar
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    Of those you listed, my choices would be:

    Playa Linda - High Rise Area
    Costa Linda or Aruba Beach Club - Low Rise Area
    Renaissance - Downtown

    You will get a variety of answers on the board, and it's all about the area that you're interested in staying. High Rise area has many restaurants and stores in walking distance - more activity. Low rise is quieter, a few restaurants in walking distance , but beaches are much wider and less crowded. (our preference)

    Downtown, you can walk to stores and restaurants as well, and the hotel has a boat shuttle to take you to their private island for the beach.

    Good luck making your decision. I don't think you can go wrong no matter where you go!

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    We stay at LaCabana a lot and love it. It is in the low rise area with just a street between you and the sand. Really close and can see the ocean from our room. The high rise area is very nice and I have always wanted to stay at Playa Linda which looks great. Caribbean Palm Village and Aruban Resort (also known as the Tropicana) are not on the beach, just in case that matters to you. The Renaissance is downtown and very nice. It has a private island. We are staying here one night during our stay in May and can't wait to see the rooms. Good luck and have a great time!
    Connie
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    Costa Linda .... it's good enough for the Queen.
    Aruba where the toughest question each day is "where to dine tonight".



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    I think you need to decide what type of "area" you want to be in. Palm Beach-high rise section that includes the Surf Club and Riu, has many places to eat/shop at within walking distance. There are many casinos etc....its much more built up than the low rise section that will include Costa linda.....the beach is larger on eagle beach but ocean has more waves.....The ren is downtown......different for sure.... enjoy

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    my husband and i have used INTERVAL to deposit our lacabana units and to trade into other units in aruba and in the disney area.

    only once in the 12 or so trades to aruba were we disappointed.
    it was at the casa del mar and what happened they tell me was UNUSUAL. it was a 1 bedroom ambassador unit. i won't go into a whole long explanation but suffice it to say i would hesitate to stay in the ambassador section again.

    using interval trades we have stayed at
    LaCAbana
    Paradise Beach Villa
    Caribbean Palm Village (just last month and is approx 1.5 miles to beach)
    Renaissance Suites
    Aruba Beach Club
    Aruban/now under the name Tropicana
    casa del mar
    dutch village

    my top 3 would be
    renaissance suites
    aruba beach club
    dutch village
    these 3 are NOT in the hi rise section.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grogan View Post
    Hi, I have never been to Aruba. Was looking at the website to get Info on where to stay. I am an Interval Int. Member and was thinking of going to aruba The book shows lots of places I am not sure when I am going. But love to research and find where to stay from people That have been there. Some of the choices from the book are.
    Carribbean Palm Village. The Aruban resort and casino at eagle beach. La Cabana beach and racket club.. Paradise Beach Villas..The Dutch village..Aruba beach club.. Playa linda beach resort..Costa linda beach resort .Divi village golf and beach resort.. Renassiance Aruba resort and casino.. Casa del mar beach resort. Marriot's Aruba surf club and Royal Palm at Riu palace I am sure there others and some of them may not even be available But I would like to get a few suguestions for the right place to stay.
    Or your top 3 picks
    Thanks for your help I can't wait to visit aruba........

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    I agree with many of the posters that you first need to decide on where you want to stay. Also, a lot has to do with what time of the year you are trying to trade into Aruba.

    I have stayed in the low rise in my early years coming to Aruba and now stay in the high rise area. The high rise district also known as Palm Beach is more developed (some say too developed)then Eagle Beach but there is lots around within walking distance. That was one of the reasons for our "move" was the ability to just wander around at night easily. Even if we go for dinner in different areas we always come back and walk around for dessert, a drink, or some shopping at the many stores (malls) that are open in the area. The trade off is that the beaches are more crowded than on Eagle beach.
    Eagle Beach is lovely and the beach area is wider and less populated. However, the water can be rougher when the winds are strong. There are limited restaurants within walking distance or places to walk around. Again, that is the trade off and a very personal decision.
    Prices at the resorts tend to be a little less expensive compared to the high rise area. However, taking a taxi is not very expensive and it is not too far away.
    Staying downtown is also a very different experience. You are not on a beach and shopping is mainly open until 6pm, with a few exceptions. To go to the beach you take a short shuttle water taxis to a private island. The island is very nice, quiet and relaxing. However, there are no water sports available as you have at Eagle or Palm Beach and you can't take long walks on the beach. Again, personal decision for what you like but I am trying to put forth all the options.
    For the Palm Beach/High rise district you can also trade into the Marriott Stellaris and Casino, Marriott Ocean Club and Marriott Surf Club. My strong recommendation is to be mindful of all inclusives. Aruba has many great restaurants and visitors love having the freedom to travel safely all around the island. The AI in Aruba are not like AI is many of the other Caribean islands where you must stay on "the compound" and the resorts are truly over the top because you can't leave. Many people prefer to stay in timeshare units (regardless of which area they choose) to help keep food costs down. In the high rise area the timeshare complexes are Ocean Club, Surf Club, Occidental, Playa Linda and I believe limited units at the Riu, and the Divi Phoenix. I am not as familiar with all the timeshares in the low rise but they do include La Cabana, Tropicana, Divi and perhaps others can fill in this area. However, you would have to investigate which ones are affiliated with Interval.
    Good luck and do your research and hopefully, you will find what will make you happy.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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