Deb and I are looking into a 5 day/night stay in Aruba. Any suggestions on how to do this? Whats the best way to go.....ie....all inclusive (flight/room/meals/beverages)? Book air and hotel seperate? Do TA's offer good packages for this? Thanks!
Rick, Ta's offer great packages to Aruba (hotel and air)some times for no more than just the airfare would be alone. There is really no such thing as a Bad accomadation on Aruba , some are better than others. Like most islands, food can be a bit expensive on an Ala Carte basis and my family has found that the all inclusives are the way to go. I can offer personal experience (or as related to me by my children) at three places. Hotels are only on the leeward side of the island and are divided up into two sections. The low rise hotels are the closest to the capital. The highrise further out.
I can recommend Divi Aruba beach resort as a nice place to stay with a good beach,
all inclusive, nice rooms and service is fine. By staying there you can also eat at and use the facilities of the Tamarin just down the beach. The Tamarin is a bit cheaper and if you can get past the fact that it is a bit thread bare from use is also a nice enough place to stay. These are in the low rise area
Allegro runs an All Inclusive in the High Rise area further out from town. Food , rooms and facilities are good. Two of my daughters spent time there last year, one with family and one with fiance. Both had a good time.
None of the above are 5 star accomadations. Clean rooms, nice beaches and pool, cold drinks , decent food and basic water toys.
The Sonesta hotels are right in the middle of town and do not have much of a beach of their own right at the hotel. You take a launch (one literally runs through the lower lobby of the hotel) to their private island about 5 minutes offshore. No crowds , all facilities
from food , showers, beaches and beach toys with iguanas and pelicans to share the space with.
If you like casinos there are something like 10 or 12 on Aruba. If there isn't one in your hotel, you can walk to one just down the beach.
Transpotation around the island can easily be done by bus , but there are cabs and rental cars available. People on Aruba are super friendly and it virtually never rains.
Water is from second largest desalinazation plant in the world and quite pure. Phone service is via a private phone company and is a bit expensive and sometimes spotty.
Shopping is second only to St. Thomas and in fact, Mrs. Bill prefers Aruba.
Anything else you want to know just ask.
Have a nice trip
I bought some awesome diamond earrings in Aruba! Tell Deb I can tell her exactly where to go - ho ho.
Crowded Island but cleaner than Curacao- reminded me of Arizona- very dry and HOT.
Great beaches but I stayed too long in the jewelry stores so I missed a lot of the Island. Decided I would go back someday.
Sorry I can't be specific but I was surfing the net one day and came upon a message board in Aruba and found a lot of discussion about local businesses and restaurants. You might try a Google search or something and find a chat board where you can ask some locals.