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jniccolai
01-05-2013, 12:40 PM
Is it better to stay in an inexpensive room that is non inclusive or an all inclusive room? which do you think is more cost friendly?
Planning on travelling to aruba in october 2013 AND planning a wedding there LOL
3 kids traveling with us ,but 2 of them will be 20 and 18. youngest will be 13, just looking at cost effective ways to save money.
Thanks for any tips or advice!
Jenn

Andrea J.
01-05-2013, 12:52 PM
others may disagree and that is OK as we all have out thoughts/opinions

i recommend on renting a timeshare unit

for that time of year you can get a 2 bedroom/2 bath with a kitchen and living room w/ a sleep sofa for a week at about $2000 or less

Casa Del Mar, LaCabana, Costa Linda, Marriott Ocean or Surf, Playa Linda...just to name a few.

eating IN is a good way of lowering your daily expenses.

breakfast and lunch can be eaten in
dinners can be in or out and if you choose out, there are some less expensive restaurants where the 5 of you could eat for about $150 per night or less.


go to the timeshare forum on this site and see if there are any units for rent there that will match your dates.

read thru culinary and culture and check out the family friendly or inexpensive or cheat dining threads


Is it better to stay in an inexpensive room that is non inclusive or an all inclusive room? which do you think is more cost friendly?
Planning on travelling to aruba in october 2013 AND planning a wedding there LOL
3 kids traveling with us ,but 2 of them will be 20 and 18. youngest will be 13, just looking at cost effective ways to save money.
Thanks for any tips or advice!
Jenn

TEAMARUBA
01-05-2013, 01:06 PM
Everyone is going to have their own opinion on this, so here I go. I have been going to AUA since 1983 and have stayed at numerous resorts. We currently frequent the Tamarijn and Divi and can't rave about it enough.:D The rooms are all beachfront and the beaches are wide(most of the times) and roomy. We do the all inclusive because drinking tends to be a hobby for me.;) We also utilize the insanely fantastic restaurants AUA has to offer, and believe me, there are alot of them. My kids are 19, 17 and 14 and the fact they can sit down for a quick snack or just a soda and not shelling out 7 bucks every two minutes is worth it to us. The key we found for the most cost effective way to travel there is stay away from flying there on the weekends. Tuesday to Tuesday is my usual travel days and the flights are much less expensive. Whatever you decide you will have a great time!!!:)

gaby
01-05-2013, 04:16 PM
we rent a townhouse but you'll need to rent a car. we rent a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse for about $1100 a week total, stay for two weeks. but you do need a car which is fine by us.

but i think renting a condo or timeshare or ANYTHING other than a hotel room, which you'll need at least two of those, is more economical. as andrea said, you can eat in a couple of nite for dinner, have breakfast there and bring lunch to the beach.

definitely an economical way to go. we always rent, never stay in a hotel. first, i can't take those tiny hotel rooms and especially not for more than a couple of nites, its exhausting, always having to go somewhere for drinks, food, whatever. i would definitely take Andrea's suggestion and check out the timeshare category.

Pegmeister
01-05-2013, 05:26 PM
Guess I'm one to favor the Divi Tamarijn as well. My feeling is go to an online site such as Expedia and run through your dates for the Divii or other r esort that is all inclusive. Also check Aruba.com to get a good idea about timeshare prices. Then checkout the menus of any restaurants you find interesting to get a feel for how much you would spend eating out. You should get some pretty decent estimates. What I found nice about the AI is you know ahead of vacation what your expenses will be. We're coming up on our seventh visit to the Divi. Last trip we never left the resort and the time before we went off resort to dinner 3 or 4 times.

Tina4760
01-06-2013, 10:42 AM
My last trip we stayed in a timeshare and found that while we did not want to spend our vacation cooking, we always had plenty of leftovers from dinner to just heat in the oven for a few minutes and bring down to happy hour for another meal! Pizza Bobs we got a large pizza (before 7 you pay for a medium but they serve you a large) and salad for 3 of us and the next day brought the leftovers to happy hour and had enough for another meal plus gave some to the table next to us! Even Madame Janettes served so much we made 2 meals out of one so really the prices for dinner for us ended up being very reasonable.

ubouu
01-06-2013, 11:37 AM
Well heres my opinion, we just rented a home in Aruba which includes a van for 10 days and its a three bedroom and 2 bath and it has a GREAT pool ,its a great place rented it for $2000.00 For 6 people be there in February ,this will be our first time in Aruba, soooo if u want the website of this place pm me and I will give you the info. :D

ginette
01-07-2013, 05:59 AM
hello I agree with Andrea time share or a villa you get in anything days you want .Just make sure you got a villa with pool they just have one add bella ruby showing on the board or go to homeaway.com or vrpo.com I am not for all inclusive in Aruba to much good restaurant drink you can make your home drink . good luck for your plan . :)

miky2884
01-07-2013, 02:38 PM
I have to agree with the time share as well. I own at the costa linda with my father. Unfortunately the weeks that we own I cant go because my wife is a school teacher so im forced to school vaca weeks. We rented a week at the costa linda for 1000 2 bed room 2 bath. We are going with another couple it will cost 500 per could for the week to me thats a great deal.

Randi
01-07-2013, 08:34 PM
We own a timeshare and have three "young adult" boys who eat and drink! We do the grocery store thing and buy lots of snacks, soft drinks and beer. We eat light for breakfast and lunch. Dinners can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like. There are lots of pizza, burger, rib places to walk to if staying in the Palm Beach district. Eating in can be fun and relaxing too. We did prepared BBQ chicken from grocery store, fresh premade hamburgers and hot dogs, bought fresh fish (very inexpensive) from local fisherman and all prepared on BBQ's at timeshare. If everyone pitches in, food prep can be easy and fun.

AhhAruba
01-08-2013, 11:24 AM
I think the price point of all inclusive is a cost benefit if you like to eat three meals a day and enjoy drinking on vacation.

We stay in a time share. We eat in a lot. We usually have a light breakfast in the room. I take a cooler to the beach with drinks and snacks or lunch. My husband likes to venture out into town and stops for a drink or two and to grab lunch. He brings home leftovers for me some days. We like to buy things and grill at the resort which always gives us a couple of meals. We make things like tacos or spaghetti which gives us multiple meals. To be honest our focus is not so much on eating. We eat out a lot at home so it isn't a big deal to us.

We buy liquor for the room and make our own drinks but usually hit a happy hour somewhere too. Aruba can be extremely expensive or it can be more in line with what you would normally spend eating and drinking at home. It really just takes a bit of planning and watching the stores for the cheapest food options.

arubabob
01-10-2013, 04:45 PM
We do a timeshare each year. Not opposed to going AI a lot of places like Jamaica and Mexico but think it is unneccesary and costly on Aruba. Maybe if you are a big drinker it would pay but if you are like us, a few beers and a mixed drink a day is about it. safe island, easy to drive around on. Plenty of grocery stores and shopping. A hundred or more restaurants in all price ranges.
Cant see flying all the way to Aruba and staying in the resort the whole week or in our case 2. We rent a car for about $190 a week and enjoy driving around the island a little and going to other beaches. Drive to restaurants every night and visit all the casinos as well. Just us maybe.
I have yet to find an AI on Aruba that costs me less for the 2 of us than staying in a timeshare. We have rented from owners at Playa Linda, Costa Linda and Aruba beach Club. Two years ago we rented a 2 br 2 bath at Costa Linda for $1200 for the week. We were 2 couples, so $600 each. We go to the grocery the first morning and pickup bagels, coffee, cream cheese, watermelon, cantalope, honeydews, oranges etc for breakfast on the deck. Lunch meat, bread, cheese, mustard, pickles, beer and chips for lunches on the deck. We eat out at nice restaurants every night. We could cook dinner but choose not to.
This is what we do and it works for us.:)

NJ Ralph
01-12-2013, 03:31 PM
We have experienced Aruba many different ways and started visiting the island with my wife and our 2-yr old daughter. Now our trips have grown into a family of 5. The oldest received her distinguished guest award 2 yrs ago. The middle boy will be eligible for his this trip.

We used to stay exclusively at the hyatt-high rise on palm beach for the first 8-years, tried the marriot resort, divi AI and countless others. now we only rent time shares. It's the best accomodation for our family. We get two bedrooms and 2 bath a living and kitchen area and a pull out and a full balcony.

meals in for bkfast and lunch are a huge savings and just so conveniant, beers are always chilled and the rental rates are very affordable. look for week day to week day travel or friday to thursday.

the AI are a nice treat but are not cheap and limit your dining experiences.
RP

miky2884
01-15-2013, 12:14 PM
Question what is a distinguished guest award?

Andrea J.
01-15-2013, 01:23 PM
it is a framed certificate given by the aruba tourism authority for travel to aruba for 10 consecutive years.

contact your hotel/resort concierge for arrangements if you qualify.


Question what is a distinguished guest award?

Arubalisa
01-15-2013, 01:48 PM
I have given this question a weeks worth of thought. Our family of 11 often travels together at Christmas with the grandparent picking up the tab and there is really no way for us to travel other than all inclusive.

It is going to be a situation where you have to do what is best for you and fits within your budget.

For us a timeshare as solely an accommodation would be MUCH cheaper, but that does not solve our food and beverage consumption.

1. NO ONE will cook and then clean up- call it lazy, call it spoiled or just call it vacation :cool:
2. With the mindset it is vacation and not wanting to eat fast food or budget restaurants every night, it is too expensive to eat "out" even every dinner.
3. Half the group are single and for the most part 20 somethings who enjoy their alcohol consumption. ;)


So for your particular situation with the wedding events will your group be willing to cook to save money?
The cost per night of a timeshare maybe less expensive than the cost per night of a hotel room
However, if you are going to eat all of your meals "out" because no one wants to or has time to cook and clean up, definitely price out an all inclusive resort. In all likelihood it will be less expensive, unless again, people in your party are willing to cook.

arubabob
01-16-2013, 01:09 AM
I have given this question a weeks worth of thought. Our family of 11 often travels together at Christmas with the grandparent picking up the tab and there is really no way for us to travel other than all inclusive.

It is going to be a situation where you have to do what is best for you and fits within your budget.

For us a timeshare as solely an accommodation would be MUCH cheaper, but that does not solve our food and beverage consumption.

1. NO ONE will cook and then clean up- call it lazy, call it spoiled or just call it vacation :cool:
2. With the mindset it is vacation and not wanting to eat fast food or budget restaurants every night, it is too expensive to eat "out" even every dinner.
3. Half the group are single and for the most part 20 somethings who enjoy their alcohol consumption. ;)


So for your particular situation with the wedding events will your group be willing to cook to save money?
The cost per night of a timeshare maybe less expensive than the cost per night of a hotel room
However, if you are going to eat all of your meals "out" because no one wants to or has time to cook and clean up, definitely price out an all inclusive resort. In all likelihood it will be less expensive, unless again, people in your party are willing to cook.

No body in our group(my wife and I and sometimes my sis and bil) cooks, unless you count sticking bagels in the toaster and making your own sandwiches. Paper plates go in the trash.:)

rmfine
01-23-2013, 09:33 AM
Question removed - didn't post properly.

Andrea J.
01-23-2013, 09:38 AM
welcome to the aruba.com community forum

i think most of the timeshare renters do not use a management company for rental.

Century 21 on aruba gets pretty good reviews for sales and long term rentals


Is this an individual rental or through a management company? Also any suggestion for rental management company that offers the best selection of single family homes? Thx.

rmfine
01-23-2013, 09:39 AM
Well heres my opinion, we just rented a home in Aruba which includes a van for 10 days and its a three bedroom and 2 bath and it has a GREAT pool ,its a great place rented it for $2000.00 For 6 people be there in February ,this will be our first time in Aruba, soooo if u want the website of this place pm me and I will give you the info. :D

Is this an individual rental or through a management company? If a rental company, which one? Thx.

rmfine
01-23-2013, 09:42 AM
Thanks Andrea for the welcome and the quick reply. I'll have to check out Century 21 online. I assume they list their rentals and availability there.