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Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

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Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

Which is the best AI in Aruba for good food/drinks and beach?

Which month is better to go - November or December?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

Most people will tell you NOT to go AI in Aruba (because off-site dining is such a pleasure)--and there aren't a lot of options.

In the low-rise area on Eagle Beach, you have the Tamarijn or the Divi (if you stay at one, you have privileges at the other). Amsterdam Manor is not generally frequented as an AI, but they do have the option.

In the high-rise area on Palm Beach, you have the Riu, the Occidental and the Holiday Inn.

Other hotel/resorts may offer meal plans.

Most AI aficianados would probably recommend the Divi on Eagle and the Riu on Palm, but you need to do some homework on your own to make the best call. Read the reviews for each resort.

As far as which month--what are your concerns? Weather is NOT an issue.

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2. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

^^ all that!

n.y.
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3. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

Your questions are answered on the right of this page , also if you run a search these questions have been asked many tim es . Enjoy Aruba

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4. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

same as above, there is so much pleasurely things to do on the island, why would you want an AI ?

and the only reason the weather and time of the year would be a question is cost, the summer is not as expensive and busy as the winter months.. if you stay near the high end hotels at least you get the breeze to cool you off because it does get really hot !

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5. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

I would think if anything the high rise hotels would block the breeze, but that would not be a reason to choose high rise over low rise IMO. Low rise is more laid back and high rise is busier and more things to do.

As others have pointed out, there are answers to this question in the FAQs on the right side of the screen. Keep in mind that everybody has their preferences and sometimes skew things to support their likes. Read the reviews to pick out what you like and make a decision based on that.

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6. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

When we travel to the Caribbean we normally book AI, however when we stayed in Aruba we took notice of all the comments on TA advising don't book AI.

We are so pleased we listened and booked bed and breakfast. There are so many lovely places to eat in Aruba.

Philadelphia...
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7. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

Thanks for the feedback. The thing is, we have never been to Aruba, so we didn't even know that it was an option to go off of the premises safely for dining/nightlife options. In our travels we usually opt for Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Jamaica where we are usually isolated to the AI, so we were unaware that Aruba is safe and in walking distance to walk around and experience dining options outside of the resort. In this case, can some people then give me an idea of a typical evening in Aruba and the various dining, nightlife, bar options and which hotels would best accommodate that? Thanks so much!

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8. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

The high-rise would give you the most night life and dining options with the Radisson being most recommended. I prefer the low-rise section as it is quieter and does still have dining, casinos.... Aruba is a very comfortable place to go with over 300 restaurants. You will find many people from the East Coast that go there. They have public transportation and taxi service if you do not want to rent a car. The three main areas of Aruba are Palm beach, Eagle beach, and Oranjestad all in close proximity to each other. Going on a tour to the Natural pool is a fun and adventerous outing as is the snorkeling/sailing tours.

Edited: 22 September 2013, 23:23
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9. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

I agree that the Radisson is a good choice, but others may vote for the Hyatt or the Marriott. We love to walk down the beach at night (we're at the Phoenix) and have a sunset cocktail at the Bugaloe or the beach bar at the Playa Linda and then after dinner maybe go to one of the casinos or somewhere to dance a bit. As you've read, it's nothing like Playa del Carmen or Jamaica where the resort you stay at is the primary focus of your vacation.

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10. Re: Considering first visit to Aruba and have some questions

before you read all the reviews here, read up on the Aruba websites and what you can find on Trip Advisor. There are so many things to do but its all up to you as to what you really want during the day as well as at night. Nightlife can run from hitting the casinos to walking along the main street and take in the night sites, to walking on the beach...read the Aruba sites and then come back with some questions.