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where to stay??

Having never been to Aruba I imagine it would be filled with amazing beaches giving the 'castaway' experience. However there seems to be a lot of mention of casinos highrise hotels etc. Where would you suggest I look in Aruba for self catering with absolute chilled out feeling but perhaps with an eatery, shop and beach bar within walking distance? Or to get this experience need we book a quality hotel on the beach? Any info would be most helpful thanks.

Mairi

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1. Re: where to stay??

Manchebo or Amsterdam Manor. Both smaller hotels on Eagle Beach, laid back and quiet beaches but with a restaurant(s) on site and a beach bar.

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2. Re: where to stay??

Amsterdam manor or maybe the Bucuti would be good for you. Stay awy from palm beach based on your likes.

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3. Re: where to stay??

It would appear that you would be more suited to the low-rise area of Aruba. Much more relaxing than the Palm Beach location, although you could still visit for a little dose of excitement and then retreat back to the quiet of your hotel. There's plenty of food choices in the area for casual eats and some fine dining also.

In my opinion Eagle beach is far more inviting and relaxing and would suit you well. All hotels or timeshares are located on the beach or across a small road and many offer a kitchen which allows you more self efficiency. Come enjoy the warm breezes and cool sand.

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Cheers - I will have a look at accommmodation in these areas

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Hi Mairi

When are you going as there is building work at the bucuti may - August

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6. Re: where to stay??

I think Amsterdam Manor will be your best bet, especially as you are interested in self-catering, but your interest in a "castaway" vibe has me a bit worried. Aruba is my family's "happy place" to be sure, but it's not exactly Paradise Lost.

Far be it from me to dissuade anyone from visiting, but perhaps you should research other Caribbean options?

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Aruba is a safe choice during hurricane season. If you are travelling from August through November, the Caribbean is a risky choice, IMO. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao lie South of the hurricane belt. If you are travelling at any other time of the year, Anguilla may be worth your consideration. Otherwise, Bucuti Beach Hotel, Manchebo Beach Hotel and Amsterdam Manor Hotel are the top three im my opinion given your preferences.

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