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food and drink prices in aruba

Philadelphia, PA
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food and drink prices in aruba

Ok, I am looking for help. Me may wife a daughter 5 and a son 15 will be going to the Aruba Renaissance in April. We usually would do all inclusive but this time we are not. Can some one please give me an Idea on how much it would cost for 7 days worth of food and drinks? Any help here would be greatly appreciated. We would be eating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Vienna, Virginia
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1. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

Good question.

Last January (January 2005) the 3 of us (me, wife, 7 year old son) did NOT go all inclusive at the Holiday Inn for one week. We used our credit card all over the place, and I was quite surprised how fast the $$$ adds up. Wow.

I would guess we averaged about $150 US per day for the 3 of us, including drinks, for 7 days. My wife liked a decent meal - someplace nice - when she's on vacation.

I would imagine that if you were watching pennies, you could do it a whole lot cheaper. But why would you -- you're on vacation, right? Make the family / wife happy.

Plus, whatever you spend is a WHOLE LOT CHEAPER than the casinos -- unless you play poker like I do.

Good luck.

Canada
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2. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

Food and drinks especially (even soda pop) can be expensive in Aruba, but there are lots of fast food places and a few cheaper places to eat. There are a few Dunkin Donuts on the island for a quick & cheap breakfast. Cocktails can range from $7.00 U.S. and up each, unless you buy your own ingredients and mix your own. Most restuarants automaically add on a 15% service charge on your restaurant bill, so read the fine print on the menu or ask the manager or owner of the establishment. Do not ask the servers because most will tell you they don't get it, but that isn't always the case. If you tip over and above the automatic 15% service charge is up to you, but do expect to see it at most restaurants. Some call it a tax, but there is no restaurant tax in Aruba, so don't be fooled by that.

I would suggest you take along a major credit card as well as quite a bit of cash. You can always bring the cash home if you don't use it all and the credit card can be used if you run out of cash.

Have a good family vacation.

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3. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

Twotrish, when are you going in April? We are going April 17th-24th...We are also a family of Mom, Dad, son..15 and daughter going to be 11..we are staying at La Cabana,,

What state are you from? Cape Cod, Massachusetts here!! :)

Massachusetts
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4. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

I don't find food in Aruba to be any more expensive than it is here in the Northeast. Having said that I love Aruba because you can find good food to fit every budget. We always make a trip to the grocery store the day we arrive to stock up on beer, diet soda, bottled water and snacks. This year we brought a collapsable soft-sided cooler and we packed our beverages in ice for the beach and brought cereal bars for breakfast and some snacks every day. Definitely a money saver there. For lunch we averaged about $35 for the three of us at the Renaissance private island; dinner ran between $35 for pizza and salads to $120 for the Pirate's Nest (which, believe it or not was our worst meal of the trip) with the rest being somewhere in between. We loved the Ren; we stayed at the Ocean Suites - will you be at the Marina or Ocean Suites? Both are great for walking downtown to go out to eat or to shop (another money saver).

Philadelphia, PA
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5. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

muylinda, how much does a case of beer cost? also what about snacks doritos, potato chips, soda? how is the fast food? my family is very picky eaters. i saw there was a mcdonalds. are the prices ok there? my wife read that they don't like coolers brought to the beach. did anyone say something at the beach?

thank you for all information.

Philadelphia, PA
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6. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

moedcup, we are going from the 14-21st. we are from philadelphia, pa

Massachusetts
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7. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

I can't remember exactly how much the beer was but our total order (2 cases of beer, soda, bottled Crystal Light, a few bottles of water (which we froze and used to keep the cooler cold then refilled for the next day), several different kinds of snacks like pretzels, cookies, etc.) was about $85.00. We brought breakfast bars and goldfish crackers with us. The cooler we used was a collapsable cooler that looked like a backpack. No one said a word to us and we weren't the only ones who had one with us. The closest thing we had to fast food was pizza delivery one night and it was $35 for two large pizza, two salads and two pieces of cheesecake.

Canada
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8. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

I think what might help is for people to tell twostirish222 what they paid for a beer, a cocktail, a coke, a bag of snacks (example: potato chips, ice cream cone) and in general what you paid for a breakfast, lunch and dinner and include what you had at that meal and where you ate and if that included the service charge. From there twostirish222 could probably figure out the cost for 7 days worth of food and drinks or at least give them a good idea of just how expensive it will be for food and drinks.

Individual grocery item prices would help as well.

What is expensive to some, may not be to others, so prices you paid for food/drink items would be more informative and helpful.

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9. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

Twostirish, where are you staying?

SAINT CHARLES,IL
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10. Re: food and drink prices in aruba

I'm not sure how much you will be drinking or if you will be staying near your resort for the most part but it might be helpful for you to know that the Renaissance offers a drink card (I think it was $40/day) - the card it good for coffee/soda/any alcoholic beverage of your choice. This card is also taken at every restaurant/bar associated with the Renaissance. My husband and I found this to be a great savings for us (we had no children with) so we did indulge a little, if you will. Just something to keep in mind. Even with dinner if you would normally order a $40 bottle of wine and have a few coronas on the private beach during the day, this would be beneficial to you.

As for meals, we were expecting to pay more than we did. We're from the Chicago area and the prices were the same as meals cost here.

Hope this helps you and I hope you enjoy your trip!

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