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Where to Eat??

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Where to Eat??

My wife and I are staying at the Radisson and are on a limited budget. Recommendations for a place for breakfast? Also, we plan to eat at a nice restaurant maybe two or three times. Is there a "budget" place(s) for dinner that are casual that serve maybe pizza or burgers? Lastly, should we rent a car (even for a few days) or is it possible to walk (or take a taxi -expensive?) to most places? Thanks to all and safe travels.

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1. Re: Where to Eat??

Tons of restaurants, shopping, bars, and casinos all within walking distance of the Radisson. You can also take the bus downtown for only $2.30 RT for more shopping and restaurants.

Cheap breakfast place walkable from the Rad would be Salt & Pepper (also good for casual lunches and dinners, too.)

Good casual "budget" places that are walkable: Bugaloe Pier Bar (they serve sandwiches, pizzas, etc. at good prices, and it's on the pier right by the Rad), Casa Tua (pizza and Italian), Tomato Charlie's (pizza), Cafe Rembrandt (Dutch style pub with great casual, inexpensive food), Smokey Joe's (ribs), Salt & Pepper.

If you were to take a taxi to some restaurants in the area that are not walkable, in general, it would probably run you about $7-$8 one way (depending on where you're going of course.)

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2. Re: Where to Eat??

You have several budget options close to the Rad. We love Salt & Pepper, which is just across the street for burgers or tapas (appy type portions). We have not tried it for breakfast but I have read good things about it. Tomato Charlie's is also in the same area for decent pizza and a very good salad. Close by is a place I believe in front of Playa Linda called Charlies Burgers which were also pretty good. Also close is Smokey Joe's for excellant ribs. The potions are big so you can split an order and of the places we tried last year for a burger all agreed, it was the best here.

I am a firm believer of renting a car, but alot of people on the forum do not. There are several awesome restaurants that you will have to take a cab to if you do not rent a car. Plan to go to those when you have the car if you just rent it for a few days. Also do your day trips around the island when you have the car. It really will save you money in the long run. Our favorite restaurants are Madam Janette's, the best restaurant on the island IMHO, Wacky Wahoo's, Driftwood, Bingo's and B55 to name a few.

I do not stay around the Rad area, so I'm not really up on the places to eat at the Rad. I only went there once for their buffet at the Laguna and it wasn't very good, would not go back.

Enjoy!!

Teanne

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3. Re: Where to Eat??

We like Salt & Pepper also and we really enjoyed lunch at Gilligan's located at the Radisson...nice, casual bar type food.

You could rent a car if you wanted to go out and explore, but you're in a great location so it's definitely not necessary.

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4. Re: Where to Eat??

If on a budget, rent a car. It will save you so much money. For breakfast, go to the grocery store for bread, cheese, fruit. We have found the service at Salt Pepper to be some of the worst on the island. Linda's pancake is so much better. Le Petite Cafe has a breakfast special. Gasporitos has a $19.95 3 course dinner. Many places have discounts for early seating.

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5. Re: Where to Eat??

BigMikey65, Confirm that your reservation does not include the breakfast buffett. I used to stay at the Rad every year. (booked through MCM tours) Our room also included a food and drink credit and I belive a casino match coupon.

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6. Re: Where to Eat??

I disagree on the car rental. You will pay about $175 for a small car for the week. If your trip does not include airport transfers you will spend a total of $50 getting to/from the airport via a taxi. One excursion out via taxi to/from the market (if you want to do this) would be about $25 total. Even if you take a taxi (you could take the bus) into town for one trip that is again, $25 total round trip. I find it tough to see how renting a car will save money unless you want to travel extensively around the island.

The high rise section along Palm Beach which is where your hotel is located is in a perfect location to walk to tons of restaurants. Others have mentioned many but you can stroll down the street in the evening and scan the menus which are posted.

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7. Re: Where to Eat??

FYI...airport transfers are FAR MORE expensive than a taxi. People that have booked their trip with the transfer paid $20 PER PERSON to sit on quite a long bus ride which is OUTRAGEOUS.

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8. Re: Where to Eat??

To save money, avoid theft and insurance problems, we never rent a car. $2.30 for round trip bus passes will get you anywhere safely. Shared taxi cost can be nearly as cheap. Walking distance from Rad to dozens of good eateries. New spot called Bavaria looks good and reasonable in your area.

If, however, you want to go exploring, a short-term car rental might work out well.

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9. Re: Where to Eat??

Like I said, you will get people on this forum who don't think renting a car is worth it. Our first time to Aruba, many years ago, we did not rent a car, we felt trapped. We paid a good buck for the tours that took us around the island and snorkel trips which basically take you to places you can drive to. If you take into account the money you save on those trips and cab fare to your better restaurants you will save money, plus see alot more of the island than you otherwise would have.

Also, depending on when you are going, you can rent a car for the week for less than $175, more like $140 for a Yaris or like if you shop and use some of the discounts offered on the Aruba Plus card. I personally have never had an issue with theft on the island, so I don't even factor that in to my thinking.

Whatever you decide, have a great time!!

Teanne

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10. Re: Where to Eat??

Car rental falls in there with topics like: "All-Inclusive or not? Is topless sunbathing allowed? And "are timeshares a good deal? " Plenty of differences of opinion and really no correct answers. Whatever works best for you and your situation.

Where you are staying there are many great eateries nearby. If you want to eat in town one night, a $2.30 bus ticket is a cheap deal. You can have a few drinks and not worry about driving home. (Since rental cars have special marker plates, smash and grab events do happen.) Seldom happens on the bus. And you never have to return it with a full tank or explain any scratches on the fenders. <wink>

Have a great vacation!