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Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

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Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

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?

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1. Re: Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

Bucuti and Manchebo are right next to each other on the same great beach - so there is no difference between the two as far as the beach.

Manchebo's rooms are fine but very basic - just a room with a few amenities (mini frig, coffee maker). The Bucuti's rooms are a bit more upscale with larger bathrooms.

You can take the bus (cheap and safe), taxis, or use a car rental. It's all a matter of personal prference. The bus will get you to/from downtown or to the high rise hotel area where there are more shops, restaurants, casinos, etc.

Aruba is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Just be aware of your surroundings if you're walking at night, just like any other place you would travel. We've been traveling to Aruba since 1996 and since then I've also been on several solo trips there without my hubby - never had any problems.

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2. Re: Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

IMHO, there is no comparison between the Bucuti and Manchebo. Yes, they are both on the same GREAT beach, but Manchebo is a Best Western and the Bucuti is not. If you can afford a bit more for the Bucuti, go for it, you won't regret it.

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Rent your car from the hotel, you save the airport tax & they will bring it right to your hotel. We always stay in the Tara Bldg, but our son accompanied us this year & stayed in a Superior romm & it was fine. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there.

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We stayed this past February in a Superior room at the Bucuti and loved it. We had a great view of the ocean and we stay there again in a heartbeat!

Having said that though-how much time do you really spend in your room on vacation?? The staff at the Bucuti is awesome-that's a big reason we'd go back.

I don't know the cost difference between Manchebo and Bucuti, but only you know how important the accomodations are.

We've never rented a car for the whole time we're in Aruba. We like taking the bus especially when going downtown. Taxis are easy to get. It's a very safe and easy to navigate island compared to other islands we've visited.

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5. Re: Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

I stayed at Bucuti and loved it ...but if I did it again I would definately consider the Manchebo as a first choice if I am considering cost!

Same beach, they both have decent pools, they both have restaurants...Bucuti is a little more "upscale" but you definately pay for it.

IMHO- the Bucuti "standard" rooms are nothing special, they are not big by any means.

Either one would be awesome...I would love either.

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Thanks, the thing about renting at the hotel is that you still have to pay to get from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Does the airport tax cancel those savings? I saw a rate quoted online from a rental car co. recommended on this forum of $145.

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7. Re: Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

thanks, very helpful.

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8. Re: Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

This will be our 3rd year staying at the Bucuti and we always rent a car. It might cost more than the bus (we are paying 175.00 a week) and I dont think we pay an extra tax because they deliver to airport. There are a lot of nice restaurants that are about a 30$ cab fare one way. So when you think of it and the convenience it is well worth it.

Also, one of the people on this board always went to Bacuti and this year he and his wife went to Manchebo

and he said it was fine but for the extra money the Bacuti(and he was talking about superior room) is worth it.

Have fun planning!

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We stayed at Manchebo. It may be a best western but its very nice. Very basic as far as rooms go. The grounds are well kept. Simple food and not much to do at night. (we Like that). Great locations and awsome beach. We saved some cash and dont mind a basic room. You in the carribean and dont really need to spend that much time in the room. Well be inside all winter long at home so simple CLEAN rooms work for us. Yes, rent a car over taxi services.

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10. Re: Eagle beach/aruba, many questions

Yes Bucuti is more upscale with bigger rooms but that does not mean that Manchebo is not an awesome little hotel with a very intimate environment. Rooms are very basic and immaculate, beds are super comfy and the air conditioner ROCKS. Love that they have a mini fridge, coffee maker and microwave. Beach is out of this world and the spa is nothing short of AMAZING!! Yes it is worth it to go with ocean view. Not that the ocean will be right at your doorstep because it will not...the beach is VERY WIDE so the ocean is quite a bit away from the building. However, if you get a garden view that could also mean no view at all which can be depressing.

If you enjoy spas, even if you decide to go with Bucuti, make sure you at least visit Spa del Sol at Manchebo.

Aruba is VERY SAFE. Use common sense and you will be fine.

We like renting a car, but were going to Aruba for MANY years without ever renting one. Once we did, we decided there is no other way and realized how much money we were saving on cab fare. We like getting up and driving to where ever we want then back to the beach/hotel - sometmes SEVERAL times a day. We stay on Eagle and might want breakfast downtown and dinner on Palm Beach all on the same day. If we are not sitting on Eagle beach for sunset, we take a ride and watch make sure we stop to see it. We have found some great hideaway spots this way. At night...we are ALL OVER THE PLACE, the way we do Aruba now, a taxi would cost us a fortune.

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