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TennCouple
05-23-2008, 10:40 AM
As our trip is getting closer and plans are starting to become more clear, I thought of a couple questions that you all might be able to answer. We are staying at the Aruba Beach club June 21-28th. I live in Knoxville, TN but we are driving to Charlotte and flying US from there. Our flight leaves at 11.

What is the policy with the duty free store? There will be 2 of us, but only one will be above 21. So how many bottles can I buy there? I know she will not be able to drink in the states, but once we get to Aruba she can drink.

How many bottles of liquor can you pack in your suitcase? I saw somewhere that this was legal, but I was not sure how many you could pack.

Can you bring liquor bottles in your suitcase and purchase liquor at the duty free store?

I still have not decided if I want to rent a car for the week or not. Is it easier to do this at the airport or at the resort? Also does anyone have any recommendations on good, but cheap rental places?

My fiance was wanting to know where is the best shopping? Certain malls?

What are some good, but relatively cheap places to eat? We are a young couple on a budget. I know we will probably eat at Matthew's a couple times, and we probably "go all out" one night, but any other places you recommend?

Finally, any recommendations on places to visit for a young couple in there 20s? I have seen the Tattoo party cruise, and the party bus. We will probably also stop by senor frogs, but besides that?

Again thanks for all your help. This forum has helped me out tremendously with planning our first trip to Aruba.


:D TennCouple

Tom and Karen
05-23-2008, 12:28 PM
The duty free store at CLT will be able to tell you how many bottles you can buy. Yes you can also bring liquor in your luggage.

I do not think you can rent a car in Aruba. Min. age is 23 or 25 years old. Bus is very cheap, & taxi's is not that bad.

Food: "All out night" - Madamn Janettes, Driftwood,
Reasonable places ($17 - $25) Wacky Wahoo, Old Fisherman, Salt & Pepper. Smokey Joes for great ribs.

The Tomato Charlies at the Tanki Flip will deliver & their prices are cheaper than the one by where you are staying. They will deliver.
Moomba's at highrise has burgers for a cheaper meal also & entertainment most nights.

The party bus would be fun. Also might want to consider a jeep your.

Enjoy your trip!!

serene56
05-23-2008, 01:11 PM
we used http://www.abc-aruba.com and did a half day island tour.
with this tour it gave us some of the island stuff that ae MUST sees- like the natural pool- the ostrich farm, etc

lobe
05-23-2008, 02:03 PM
A lot of needless worrying over alcohol ... no need to tempt the baggage handlers with bottle breakage --the little store at the Aruba Beach Club has plenty for sale, and slightly better prices can be found at the nearby Ling and Sons supermarket. As for car rentals, I would check if the Aruban companies have the same age restrictions as in the U.S.(some may just charge you more) ... and use comparison shoppong websites such as sidestep.com to find the best prices.

rob o
05-23-2008, 10:14 PM
When we purchased at duty free in Boston we paid between $16 and $18 per 1.0 liter for Absolute vodka, Malibu rum and Barcardi rum. At Ling, price was around $29 for 0.75 liter. I purchased 5 liters and they delivered to gate for carry on. Saved a bunch. The alcohol all disappeared by end of trip....must have evaporated in the nice, warm Aruba weather!

ArubaSalsa
05-23-2008, 11:52 PM
Here are some party spots...
- Senor Frogs
- Mambo Jambo
- Moomba Beach
- Cafe Bahia
- Mr. Jazz
- the Paddock
- there's a new place that is going to open soon in Aruba called Tequila. It's not open yet but I believe it will be when you are in Aruba. It's next to Senor Frogs.
- there's a full moon party once a month at havana beach club. Check it out if you are in Aruba during full moon.

cindyo
05-24-2008, 08:03 AM
Steve and danielle,
A really fun take is the Palm Pleasure boat, or catamaran should I say. They have a 2 hr sunset cruise and a 3 hr snorkle( 2 stops w/ equip). Have been on both 5 times now, and still not sick of it. Check out the gallery pictures on this site to see the boat. Its 100 ft, spacious boat, and has an open bar for the entire trip. A guaranteed good time !!!

TennCouple
05-25-2008, 09:03 AM
Thanks everyone for the answers and suggestions. Time is winding down till we leave and we can't wait!

SanNic44
05-25-2008, 09:33 AM
lobe has it right. Don't worry about your own booze. There's plenty on the island and the prices are not that bad.

Enjoy your time on the island!

Andrea J.
05-25-2008, 11:42 AM
get the liquor at the duty free
each passenger 21 or older is allowed 2 bottles 750 ml each without duty
the prices of liquor on aruba are HIGH
750 ml of baileys @ lings was $30
750 of kahlua was the same at lings
our friend that travels with us is a scotch drinker and he found scotch priced ridiculouosly high on island.

the little convenience stores at the resorts are very high

so, if you can purchase at duty free go for it! you can bring it as carry on and the duty free shop delivers it to the gate of your international departure. they wrap it nicely in bubble wrap. just show them your boarding pass as you buy it.

we have bought booze at charlotte, at jfk, at miami, boston, atlanta and dulles. never any issues at all.
unfortunately we are waaaaaay over age 21.
andrea

A lot of needless worrying over alcohol ... no need to tempt the baggage handlers with bottle breakage --the little store at the Aruba Beach Club has plenty for sale, and slightly better prices can be found at the nearby Ling and Sons supermarket. As for car rentals, I would check if the Aruban companies have the same age restrictions as in the U.S.(some may just charge you more) ... and use comparison shoppong websites such as sidestep.com to find the best prices.

TennCouple
05-25-2008, 10:04 PM
Can you bring liquor bottles in your suitcase and purchase liquor at the duty free store?

I still have not decided if I want to rent a car for the week or not. Is it easier to do this at the airport or at the resort? Also does anyone have any recommendations on good, but cheap rental places? I am 23 years old, so I will have to check on the minimum rental age.

My fiance was wanting to know where is the best shopping? Certain malls?



Once again, thanks for all the suggestions. Does anyone have any answers/suggestions for the questions above?

Red Sox Girl
05-26-2008, 05:58 PM
If you want to economize, you may want to make a trip to Ling and Sons within your first couple of days. You have full cooking facilities in the rooms of ABC. I stayed at ABC back in April, and we made dinner in the room 4 out of 7 nights. We went "all out" twice and ordered pizza another. Happy Hour at ABC is from 4 - 6 and the drinks are 2-1. Subway is across the street, as well as Dunkin Donuts for a quick sandwich or coffee fix (prices are about the same as US). Or again, but some supplies to keep in the room to cut down on restaurant costs (although I would highly recommend the grouper sandwich at ABC). We brought with us a jar of peanut butter and jelly, cans of tuna, a bag of Lender's bagels, and a box of breakfast bars. This helped out a great deal during the day. You can definitely find ways to economize and then spend money on the things and places you really want to do, see, eat, and drink.

To save money - you can rent a car for just a couple of days. This is what we did. Picked the car up at the airport, kept it for 3 days, then returned it. This allowed for a couple of trips to the grocery store, a trip out to Baby Beach, the California lighthouse, and other must see's.

As far as shopping goes - downtown is probably the best place for this. There are some trendy designer shops, as well as local souveneir shops. There is a row of shops behind the Rennaissance mall that have sell knock-off designer purses. There is a new mall by the high rise hotels, but I found these shops very high end.

Enjoy!

cindyo
05-26-2008, 06:13 PM
Yes, you can bring liquor in your suitcase, and buy at the duty free shop. The suitcase cannot be your carry on and has to go in as checked in luggage. Would I do that.....NO....don't carry for vodka soaked clothes....I highly suggest you buy at your airport at the duty free shop !

TennCouple
05-27-2008, 01:10 PM
If you want to economize, you may want to make a trip to Ling and Sons within your first couple of days. You have full cooking facilities in the rooms of ABC. I stayed at ABC back in April, and we made dinner in the room 4 out of 7 nights. We went "all out" twice and ordered pizza another. Happy Hour at ABC is from 4 - 6 and the drinks are 2-1. Subway is across the street, as well as Dunkin Donuts for a quick sandwich or coffee fix (prices are about the same as US). Or again, but some supplies to keep in the room to cut down on restaurant costs (although I would highly recommend the grouper sandwich at ABC). We brought with us a jar of peanut butter and jelly, cans of tuna, a bag of Lender's bagels, and a box of breakfast bars. This helped out a great deal during the day. You can definitely find ways to economize and then spend money on the things and places you really want to do, see, eat, and drink.

To save money - you can rent a car for just a couple of days. This is what we did. Picked the car up at the airport, kept it for 3 days, then returned it. This allowed for a couple of trips to the grocery store, a trip out to Baby Beach, the California lighthouse, and other must see's.

As far as shopping goes - downtown is probably the best place for this. There are some trendy designer shops, as well as local souveneir shops. There is a row of shops behind the Rennaissance mall that have sell knock-off designer purses. There is a new mall by the high rise hotels, but I found these shops very high end.

Enjoy!

Thanks Red Sox Girl and Cindyo!

Red Sox Girl since you stayed at ABC how was your experience? Would you stay there again? Was the beach/pool crowded?

Red Sox Girl
05-27-2008, 07:30 PM
TennCouple,
It was a good experience. ABC doesn't have a lot of frills, which is fine by me. Just for perspective, this was my 7th trip to Aruba, so I wasn't necessarily looking to be in the middle of the action. I'm in my mid 40's, so for me the late nights out are few and far between. I went with one of my friends and her 2 sisters. Their parents have owned at ABC for many many years. That is how I ended up there - more as a tag-a-long (hey, I'll get there anyway I can). We were there the week of April school vacation so a lot of young children at the pool. The pool was most crowded in the mid to late afternoon. The beach - get there SUPER EARLY if you want to have a grass hut (which you will need for shade!). When I say early - one of the girls in our group would set her alarm for 5:30 a.m., take her towel and go sit on the beach. Believe it or not she was not the first on the beach. I'm not that ambitious when I'm on vacation - but if you want a decent beach spot - go early. The beach itself wasn't real crowded.

Happy Hour gets real crowded right at 4:00. My suggestion is to belly up to the bar around 3:45 and wait. Make nice with the bartenders - easy to do - everyone was super nice.

The Alhambra casino is directly across the street. This is where we mostly ended up at night. Not much other nightclub life right around there. For that, you can catch the bus either into town or out to the high rises.

FYI - the picture in my avatar was taken at sunset on the beach at ABC.

If you have any other questions, feel free.

TennCouple
05-28-2008, 12:51 PM
I have thought of another question. We have a 6 month old child we will be leaving with his grandparents while on the honeymoon and would like to be able to have contact anytime. Is there a phone rental place? If so has anyone used one of these places before or any recommendations?

Andrea J.
05-28-2008, 03:32 PM
www.arubafastphones.com (http://www.arubafastphones.com)

the proprietor is a true gentleman and runs a nice business of cell phone rentals.
tell him Andrea recommends.
his name is Charles Croes (pronounced cruise)


I have thought of another question. We have a 6 month old child we will be leaving with his grandparents while on the honeymoon and would like to be able to have contact anytime. Is there a phone rental place? If so has anyone used one of these places before or any recommendations?

TennCouple
05-28-2008, 03:34 PM
www.arubafastphones.com (http://www.arubafastphones.com)

the proprietor is a true gentleman and runs a nice business of cell phone rentals.
tell him Andrea recommends.
his name is Charles Croes (pronounced cruise)
Thank you!

TennCouple
05-28-2008, 10:48 PM
I was wondering if anyone has rented from American Car Rental. I was looking at renting for 3 days and it looks like they might have the cheapest rates. Here is the link?
http://www.american-car-rental.com/american/do/home.html

Has anyone rented or heard anything about this company?

BowAddict
05-30-2008, 04:42 PM
Married in Aruba in 2003.....5th trip next month....you will be amazed of a beautiful Island and it's weather and for tops, it's people. I am and always will be hooked on Aruba.....email me at dasherbraner@charter.net if you have any questions......Hickory, NC

TennCouple
05-30-2008, 08:58 PM
TennCouple,
It was a good experience. ABC doesn't have a lot of frills, which is fine by me. Just for perspective, this was my 7th trip to Aruba, so I wasn't necessarily looking to be in the middle of the action. I'm in my mid 40's, so for me the late nights out are few and far between. I went with one of my friends and her 2 sisters. Their parents have owned at ABC for many many years. That is how I ended up there - more as a tag-a-long (hey, I'll get there anyway I can). We were there the week of April school vacation so a lot of young children at the pool. The pool was most crowded in the mid to late afternoon. The beach - get there SUPER EARLY if you want to have a grass hut (which you will need for shade!). When I say early - one of the girls in our group would set her alarm for 5:30 a.m., take her towel and go sit on the beach. Believe it or not she was not the first on the beach. I'm not that ambitious when I'm on vacation - but if you want a decent beach spot - go early. The beach itself wasn't real crowded.

Happy Hour gets real crowded right at 4:00. My suggestion is to belly up to the bar around 3:45 and wait. Make nice with the bartenders - easy to do - everyone was super nice.

The Alhambra casino is directly across the street. This is where we mostly ended up at night. Not much other nightclub life right around there. For that, you can catch the bus either into town or out to the high rises.

FYI - the picture in my avatar was taken at sunset on the beach at ABC.

If you have any other questions, feel free.


Do you know how much drinks (beer or mixed drinks) were for happy hour and how much they were not on happy hour?

Thanks again.

TennCouple
06-04-2008, 08:35 AM
I was wondering if anyone has rented from American Car Rental. I was looking at renting for 3 days and it looks like they might have the cheapest rates. Here is the link?
http://www.american-car-rental.com/american/do/home.html



Has anyone rented or have any opinions about this company?

Thanks.

Andrea J.
06-04-2008, 09:12 AM
Steve and danielle
from the best of my knowledge all car rentals rent to no one under age 23 some rent to no one under age 25

andrea


As our trip is getting closer and plans are starting to become more clear, I thought of a couple questions that you all might be able to answer. We are staying at the Aruba Beach club June 21-28th. I live in Knoxville, TN but we are driving to Charlotte and flying US from there. Our flight leaves at 11.

What is the policy with the duty free store? There will be 2 of us, but only one will be above 21. So how many bottles can I buy there? I know she will not be able to drink in the states, but once we get to Aruba she can drink.

How many bottles of liquor can you pack in your suitcase? I saw somewhere that this was legal, but I was not sure how many you could pack.

Can you bring liquor bottles in your suitcase and purchase liquor at the duty free store?

I still have not decided if I want to rent a car for the week or not. Is it easier to do this at the airport or at the resort? Also does anyone have any recommendations on good, but cheap rental places?

My fiance was wanting to know where is the best shopping? Certain malls?

What are some good, but relatively cheap places to eat? We are a young couple on a budget. I know we will probably eat at Matthew's a couple times, and we probably "go all out" one night, but any other places you recommend?

Finally, any recommendations on places to visit for a young couple in there 20s? I have seen the Tattoo party cruise, and the party bus. We will probably also stop by senor frogs, but besides that?

Again thanks for all your help. This forum has helped me out tremendously with planning our first trip to Aruba.


:D TennCouple

Chip Collector
06-04-2008, 09:20 AM
Que Pasa is also a great place to eat that is not as expensive as, say, Madam Janette's. :)

TennCouple
06-04-2008, 02:08 PM
Steve and danielle
from the best of my knowledge all car rentals rent to no one under age 23 some rent to no one under age 25

andrea

I Checked with this rental company and the minimum age is 23. I just turned 23 in April so I'm good! :D (Barely)

Arubalisa
06-04-2008, 02:22 PM
American car rental warning! (http://www.aruba-bb.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=58948) Just an FYI, posted today in another Aruba forum.

Tom and Karen
06-04-2008, 03:02 PM
Are you leaving paperwork with your grandparents in case they have to make medical decisions for your child?


I have thought of another question. We have a 6 month old child we will be leaving with his grandparents while on the honeymoon and would like to be able to have contact anytime.

Arubalisa
06-04-2008, 03:14 PM
I have thought of another question. We have a 6 month old child we will be leaving with his grandparents while on the honeymoon and would like to be able to have contact anytime. Is there a phone rental place? If so has anyone used one of these places before or any recommendations?
http://arubafastphones.com/ (http://arubafastphones.com/) My niece rented a phone over Christmas. $50 for one week including 84 free minutes. You can pick the phone up right at the airport.

Also see http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/cell-phone-rental-29735/ (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/cell-phone-rental-29735/)

TennCouple
06-04-2008, 03:40 PM
Are you leaving paperwork with your grandparents in case they have to make medical decisions for your child?


Did not even think about that, what paperwork should be left?

TennCouple
06-04-2008, 03:40 PM
American car rental warning! (http://www.aruba-bb.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=58948) Just an FYI, posted today in another Aruba forum.


http://arubafastphones.com/ (http://arubafastphones.com/) My niece rented a phone over Christmas. $50 for one week including 84 free minutes. You can pick the phone up right at the airport.

Also see http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/cell-phone-rental-29735/ (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/cell-phone-rental-29735/)


Thanks for your help!

Looks like I will be going with Fastphones, Car rental is still up in the air. Thanks!

cindyo
06-04-2008, 03:56 PM
All medical records, a permission to treat notarized, call Primary care dr, they will instruct you want else to do, and I am also thinking Power of attorney in case of life or death....This believe it or not is very important.

TennCouple
06-04-2008, 07:53 PM
All medical records, a permission to treat notarized, call Primary care dr, they will instruct you want else to do, and I am also thinking Power of attorney in case of life or death....This believe it or not is very important.

Cindyo,

Thank you for the information! I did not even think about doing that.

Andrea J.
06-04-2008, 08:52 PM
yup speak with your attorney
re: health care proxy and durable power of attorney

the only car rental place i rent from is tropic and he does not rent to anyone under 25



Cindyo,

Thank you for the information! I did not even think about doing that.

serene56
06-05-2008, 09:52 PM
Tropic only rents for 5 days only- I only want to rent a car for one day.


ever heard of amigos?

is there any agency we should avoid

TennCouple
06-09-2008, 12:33 AM
Well everyone,

We finally got married in Charleston, SC over the weekend. We are now back home and counting down the days till we head to Aruba!!!!

Arubalisa
06-09-2008, 02:09 AM
Well everyone,

We finally got married in Charleston, SC over the weekend. We are now back home and counting down the days till we head to Aruba!!!!
Congratulations and enjoy Aruba! :behappy: