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An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

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An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

My girlfriend and I are looking at going to Aruba for a week. The hotel we are looking at doesn't include any meals as we want to eat out and explore the place. We are on a strict budget and cannot spend too much. Here is a list of the things we would like to do whilst there:

- Stock fridge with snacks and beer.

- 7 Nights worth of meals at the likes of Hooters, Tony Romas, Hard Rock Cafe, TGI Fridays, Salt and Pepper and any other restaurant which will include either a starter/desert and a main course and two drinks each for two. We would not mind where we eat for breakfast, macdonalds, dunkin donuts, taco bell, any of the fast food restaurants.

- One nights show of any kind for two

- One night bar hopping bus

- One night party bus

- One night Senor Frogs

- One night Casino ($30 limit each)

- Horse riding explore

- Visiting Musuems

- Travel to and from the restaurants and bars

- One Scuba diving

Any idea roughly how much restaurants would cost for the above and anything else would be much appreciated as this would help us decide whether to go or not!

Thank you very much!

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1. Re: An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

My wife and I are mid 20s and active, and we bank on spending $140 per day for 7 days

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2. Re: An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

tanner, gooduck with your $140/day budget.

joe, that is one bad game plan. You would be better off doing AI at the Holiday Inn. Check Player's Choice Travel aka MCM Tours. Call 1-800-79ARUBA for pricing.

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3. Re: An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

Joe - do you want to eat at the chain restaurants because you want something familiar, or because you think they will be cheaper than other restaurants? There are many good deals to be had at many restaurants on the island with early bird specials, etc. To break down your itinerary and put costs to everything would be difficult.

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4. Re: An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

Very similar to another post-have you changed your name ?

There are much better places to eat than American chains -and prices are similar

We budget around $100 each a day - we prepare breakfast and a light lunch in our room and eat out at night -with a few drinks -

Its possible to "eat out" for less than $50 for 2 if you are not worried about quality

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5. Re: An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

I agree with the above posters about going to Aruba- eating at the chains. You can do that stuff at home.

When we travel we always go on budget. THe last two times we went to Aruba we stayed Saturday to Saturday and our food budget was 600.00 for the week for two of us.

We used MCM tours and stayed at the Radisson which gave us a free breakfast buffet each morning--which holds us until dinner.

We ate at Casa Tua, Busters Garage, Smokey Joes, (got a coupon for signing up on the web site for Texas D Brazil for a 50% off) Scala (with an early bird special. (many of our dinners were about 50 bucks total.

On our first trip we did a tour using abc-jeep tours- got to see most of what we wanted to see so we never ventured out again. We did a half day tour.

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I would estimate at least $75 for the meal if you eat at the places that you mentioned with the drinks and appetizers. The beer for your fridge will be about $50 for a case of coors light. The party bus if you do Kuku bus is about $80 each. Senor frogs is very expensive to have drinks about $20 for the yards and that would be their best bargain.

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7. Re: An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

Well TonyNorthCape, I've been there twice now and it’s worked both times... so YES it will work. We’ve Eaten at Maddam Jeanette’s, Old Man and the Sea, Wacky Wahoo’s, Sole Mar, and Flying Fishbone. We’ve rented a jeep for 2 days, parasailed, went on Jolly Pirates and Blue Melody, brought our own booze to the island, and bought some at our hotel bar, bought cheap souvenirs, snorkeled, and hung out by the beach. We go to the grocery store and spend $80 for the week (breakfast and lunch).

If you use coupons and look for deals BEFORE you get to the island, it can be done at $150 per day and under for a couple. It all depends on what you want to make of your trip (we never need fancy wine with our meals). But we like to relax on the beach and drink our cheap drinks so it works for us.

I was just trying to help you out by giving a ballpark figure of what my experiences have been, for all the non-arrogant east coasters.

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Not sure what hotel you are staying at, but we have a timeshare and buy our own breakfast, lunch and beer at the local supermarket, bring some snacks in a carry on, and save a ton of money! Don't forget to bring a collapsible cooler to take to the beach for your beer. (this was the best advice we got the first time we went). We eat out some place different every night. There are many places that are very good and very reasonably priced, such as: smokey joe's, wacky wahoo's, cafe rembrandt, casa tua, just to name a few. I personally would not travel to Aruba to eat at a "chain" restaurant! I'm sure you can manage! Relax and enjoy!!

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Just got back from seven nights. Bought 2 liters vodka at duty free ($36), bought lunchmeat/cheese ,chips, tonic, 2 loaves of bread and 1 case of Corona Light ($70). Brought from home coffee, p-butter & jelly. Had toast w/ PB&J and coffee at breakfast, sandwiches and chip at lunch, drinks all day long!!! Went to dinner at Chefs Table, Yemanja Grill, Marandi (4.5% off coupon), 7-West (2 free wine w/ dinner coupon), Pincho's, S&P free 1/2 litre w/3 tapas each, PamPam (early bird $25-3 course). 2 of us ordered 2 drinks (wine or V&T), 2 dinners, either 1 app or 1 desert. Including lunch at the airport on the way down, lunch at Iguana Joe's (2 fru-fru drinks and 2 lunches) and dinner at the airport on the way home we spent $750.

So $100 grocery & booze and $750 eating & drinking out (from airport to airport). We went where we wanted and ordered what we wanted. I cook all week at home, so I want to go some nice, with good/great food and atmosphere (outside).

We are not big eaters so Pam Pam with the early bird special was our biggest dinner and our cheapest (and each had 2 drinks). A LOT of the restaurants offer early bird special I noticed (something new from past trips). We usually make reservations for 7:00. If it was for the Masters being on TV, we probably could have made a couple more!!!

By the way, 7-West was a bust!!! We were the only 2 people in there the whole time. Food took forever and I know the kitchen wasn't backed up. We both ordered fish and the longest thing to cook was the potatoes for the mashed potatoes. We think they had to call the chef from home to tell them the 7:00 reservation showed up!!

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10. Re: An estimated cost of not going all inclusive?

"I was just trying to help you out by giving a ballpark figure of what my experiences have been, for all the non-arrogant east coasters."

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tanner, a bit of an overreaction on your part. My experiences have been quite different than yours. Breakfast and dinner, 5 drinks pp plus a bottle of wine at dinner would ballpark around $225 - $250 daily. I would go through $140 easily for most dinners plus the wine. That leaves 10 drinks and breakfast + an occasional lunch at ?

I would rather err on the high side than have someone be shocked by the high cost of dining/drinking in Aruba or any other Island. You may easily

get by with the figure stated, but many would not.

My comment to you was neither arrogant or sarcastic.

Edited: 12:51 pm, April 17, 2011
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