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Thread: Why do you stay where you stay? Has it changed over the years?

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    Our first trip was our honeymoon stay in 1998 at Aruba Beach Club. It was our first island experience and we were in love and talked about it almost as obsessively as we do today!

    We now stay at LaCabana, lug 3 kids with us (out of college, high school & middle school) and my oldest brings a friend or a boyfriend. My parents have also bought timeshare, as well as my sisters in law for the same weeks that we are there. I love having the full kitchen because it allows me to stay longer and it's all about figuring out how to extend my time in Aruba!

    We have stayed at a few different places and just feel that LaCabana is HOME for us. Love the location, the staff, the room (we have 2 1BR suites with my parent's studio between so there are times that all the doors are open and we have access to 3 bathrooms and 3 sets of kitchenware or whatever).

    Someday we will go back to visiting the island on our own as a couple, but for now it's the most wonderful family connecting time and I love every second of it!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We came to Aruba for the first time 8 years ago. We started at the Riu for two years. We then moved to the Renaissance for a 10 day trip. Amsterdam Manor was next, which we absolutely loved. For the past 4 years we have stayed at MVC for budget reasons and because it is such a clean, friendly hotel. We loved the ease of getting a palapa on Eagle Beach. This morning we booked next January's vacation at Wonders Boutique Hotel. We are super excited. It has a beautiful pool and we got a superior suite which has a balcony or terrace, as well as a kitchen. There is a free beach shuttle and the chairs at Moomba are complimentary. It is a 10 minute walk to downtown.

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    Going on our 18th year.Started out at the Marriot Hotel .Did the Saturday to saturday on t n t.Bought at the Ocean club for a week then after 3 years sold and went down to the low rise area.Been at Costa Linda for now 3 weeks every Jan Retired so the quiet low rise area is fine with me.
    From Marblehead ma.Every Jan stay at Costa Linda.For last 20 years.

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    1st stay was honeymoon, NY Eve 1989 at the Americana, which has changed, not just once, but a I believe has changed a couple times and I'm not sure what it is now; Barcelo??? The landscape across the street has also changed. During that 1st trip, there was nothing across the street from the high rise hotels, nothing but desert fields and divi trees. I too remember getting off the plane on the tarmac, and they took a picture of us as we headed to baggage claim. I WAS IN SWEATS!

    Subsequent stays over the next 5 years were yearly for our anniversary or my February birthday. Year 2 we met some others on the plane that we remained friends with who always went back with us each year. We stayed mainly at the Holiday Inn, because as a young couple it was what we could afford. It has been through a number of remodels over the years, and now we stay there because it is familiar and we are comfortable (a sign of aging, liking the familiar and comfortable). We got a great deal one year (I swear it had to be a mistake by the travel company) and we stayed at the Marriott when it was one building. It has also changed in that it has grown to a HUGE resort.

    The change I've noticed the most over the last 27 years is the number of kids. When we first started going, it seems to me that the tourists were mostly couples. It now appears the island caters to families more so than in the past.

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    aua1918 those couples now have grandkids and those grandkids are enjoying aruba!

    i too remember many years ago thinking that aruba was not great for kids.
    boy, was i wrong and there are more kids now than ever!
    imo that is a good thing.
    if one compares a family vacation to aruba and one to disney .............disney is more costly than aruba.
    and way better!

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    And it's miserably hot and humid in Disney, and they get upset if you jump in the water...

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    Thats because there are gators in the water, lol. Not really funny but I had to throw that out there.
    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    And it's miserably hot and humid in Disney, and they get upset if you jump in the water...

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    We stayed at the Riu Palace for our first trip 8 years ago and went back the next year. Our travel agent thought this resort would suit us. It did for a couple of years, but we wanted to try something else next. We went to Amsterdam Manor for a week, where we were upgraded to the one bedroom suite. We absolutely loved it there. The next year, prices were good for a package from Canada to the Renaissance for 12 days. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Loved the private island and the pools. Then, we realized we wanted to stay for two weeks so for the past four trips, we have stayed at MVC as it is so affordable and we love Eagle Beach. Although it is basic, it is a perfect location for us. This year, my husband wanted a bigger room, so we tossed around some options and have booked Wonders Boutique Hotel. We will have a beautiful room with kitchen and sitting area and terrace leading out to the pool. After some sage advice, will probably rent a car and head to different beaches. Chairs are supplied by the owners, as are snorkel equipment and coolers. We can use the chairs at Moomba free. We look forward to relaxing around the pool. Have been so lucky to be able to enjoy so many areas of Aruba. They have all been special in their own way.

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