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Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

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Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

So here's the story peeps.... We were looking to return to Destin (FL) this summer and await another international excursion next year, but then BP had to go and dump all that oil into the Gulf. SO, needing a white sand beach fix, we decided to go for Aruba.

Staying at MVC Eagle Beach on a very good rate plan w/breakfast; sounds like the right type of place for us (cheap, on the beach-ish, away from crowds). Likely to buy some minor groceries, etc., for in-room/on-beach consumption, eat a few meals at the Tulip (@ the hotel), maybe Texas de Brazil, etc., and some small places here and there. From the advice and prices we've seen online, we figure about $20-25 per day for lunch (we might eat all our lunches @ Tulip?) and, on average, $40-70 (for 2) at dinner, depending on the venue and so forth. If we average $100 per day or less for meals, we're doing okay -- and don't think it will be a huge problem for two long-time cheapos like ourselves. We have eaten like royalty in Tokyo and Rome, for example, for less than $50 a day (combined) in the past... it's usually just a matter of knowing where to go, and when.

We are VERY experienced "budget travelers" who have successfully scrimped on costs (but never on fun!) in several countries. We'll also be on the beach virtually all day, mostly in the water -- and are bringing gallons of sunscreen to facilitate our sun addictions. :)

If anyone would like to suggest their Aruba "discount dining tips", we'd be quite appreciative. And yes, we'll be looking for discount coupons as soon as we land @ AUA. :) Thanks!

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1. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

I hope that you are aware that MVC is not on the beach. It is a short walk from the hotel to the beach. Budget Italian would include Pizza Bob's next to Bucuti in the Eagle Beach area, Tomato Charlie's and Casa Tua near the Hyatt in Palm Beach area. Smokey Joe's for ribs in the Hyatt area. Also, Fishes & More same area. Buses run between downtown, Eagle Beach and Palm Beach. Fare is $2.30 pp round trip. Supermarkets are a short bus trip from MVC in the direction of downtown. Ask your hotel concierge for directions to bus stop.

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2. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

Thanks Tony. Yes, we are aware that MVC is across the street & that we'll get to enjoy dragging beach chairs across the road... LOL ... Pizza Bob's will certainly be on our radar, probably 1st night. Fishes and More sounds good too, as do your other suggestions. Sound like great tips!

One of the big +'s we saw for Aruba is the public bus system, as you mentioned.... easy travel on the cheap, and we have nothing but time.... our concierge also says that the bus stop is pretty much right across the street from where we are, and we have a schedule available online.

Am planning to read your numerous Eagle Beach posts as well. Appreciate the info!

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3. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

we stay in a timeshare and go to the store. We have breakfast at the pool with what we buy at the store. Lunch too. That saves going out and is better for our "Health" may want to try Linda's pancake, can get 2 meals out of it.

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4. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

Good call, Teach! One of our "stretch strategies" (that doesn't involve groceries) has always been "leftovers" -- most places give you so much food that you (a) SHOULDN'T eat it in one sitting, and (b) makes a nice 2nd meal. If person A and person B get different things, they can also switch later and/or eat "family style" by combining the items together.

Linda's sounds good, thanks! -- and as you say, if you get the right groceries, you can eat all day w/o hitting a restaurant!

If we enjoy Aruba (as we probably will) and want to return, we will certainly look into timeshare deals. Love cooking (both of us), and that is by far the easiest way to have a nice meal on a shoestring.

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5. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

A walk on the beach towards Paradise Beach Villas will bring you to a parked truck with cheap lunch eats. Enjoy your trip!

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6. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

Sweet! Sounds good Trizi! Can you (or anyone else) comment more on what these "catering trucks" on the beach serve, prices, etc.?

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7. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

It's been a couple of years since we got food from the truck but we've always paid betwee $5 nd $6 for a big plate of food. Different food all the time, fish, chicken, beef, rice, fries etc... Lots of beach staff eat off the truck and police officers, so the food sells out quickly, I would get there at around 11:30ish.

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8. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

That is EXCELLENT info! Thanks!

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9. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

If you are willing to eat early in the evening, most of the restaurants have "early bird" specials. Pick up the free local newspapers every morning and you will see many early bird specials for around $20-$25 each. A few that come to mind are: Fishes and More, The French Steakhouse, Swiss Chalet, Tango. Also, the Radisson has a buffet every evening for $20 and it changes every day.

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10. Re: Aruba Rookies/Travel Vets in September "on a budget" LOL....

Linda's, Smokey Joe's, Fishes & More (excellent spicy shrimp) are all great suggestions. We also love Charlie's Grille in front of the Playa Linda Resort. EXCELLENT, fresh burgers with a large basket of fries at a reasonable price. They will usually give you a coupon for a free beer when you return.

Also take a look at Wacky Wahoo's, Salt & Pepper (for tapas), and even the theme night dinners at the Marriott Resort. One price will get you a full buffet and usually includes some sort of evening entertainment. Their Caribbean theme night was a lot of fun.

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