Plannning first ever trip to Aruba for this coming March. Looking for adult-oriented site w/great beach in low rise area. Narrowed hotel choice down to Manchebo and Bucuti. Each has pros/cons; mostly positive reviews of each, but some contradictory info contained in some reviews. Several reviews of both hotels suggest that garden view rooms are best value; ocean view not worth upcharge at MAnchebo, Tara ocean view suites at Bucuti v. nice but MUCH more than we want to pay; regular ocean view not worth upcharge.)Is beach at Manchebo good? Is Bucuti's better? Bucuti a little more upscale, is it worth the extra cost over Manchebo?
Also - seems like rental car is good idea, even if you don't plan to be constantly on the go. How much can I expect to pay for 5 days? Better to rent at airport or hotel? And how is the public transportation as alternative? (In Cancun that was a great option, except for more distant excursions, requiring car or tourbus.)
Safety/crime -- is that an issue in Aruba? I.e., any more or less safe than comparable vacation destinations and US cities? Any places on island in particular to avoid?