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What is the U.S./Aruba exchange rate? How much spending $ should I take?

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My husband and I are going to Aruba--just the two of us. Not sure about accomodations yet but we'll definitely rent a car, probably do a small amount of gambling. Mainly going to wind surf and see the island. As for food, we're not frugal but we don't eat $200 dinners either. How much money (US) would be sufficient??

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    The Aruban guilder is fixed to the American dollar so there will be no fluctuations between these two currencies. One American dollar is 1.79 Aruban guilders. Consumer goods in Aruba are priced in dollars as well as in guilders so you do not have to change your money into Aruban money.

    Aruba is becoming more and more an upscale destination you may pay high prices for your accomodations, but the guarantee is that you are offered good quality accomodations with great ammenities. Many visitors to Aruba will not advise you take the all inclusive program as the island is blessed with some of the greatest restaurants in the Caribbean. I do not know where you are staying at but many of the hotel rooms in Aruba do have their own kitchnette so you can do some grocery shopping at one the 3 mega grocery stores opposite the bushiri hotel. Grocery prices in Aruba are more or less the same as in the U.S. some grocery goods may be very cheap. A good meal at a restaurant in Aruba will cost average 50 dollars per person. There are restaurants that are cheaper other much more expensive. The best restaurant on the island this year is Madamme Jeanette. I have heard from many visitors that it can even compete with one of the best in the world.

    With gambling, shopping and food plus car rent and additional island activities I would calculate 250 dollars a day for both of you as a couple. This excludes the price you would have to pay for your hotel.
    I would say bring 1,500 dollars for 1 week which can be invested between both of you. If this is not sufficient you can always use your credit card. But 1,500 will definately do it..

    If your not a heavy gambler and if you are willing to some cheap eating out the above amount may be even less. But for the safe side just bring 1,500 dollars for both of you and your credit just in case of.

    Hope this helps

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    Lesa -

    Agree with all above. Definitely no need to convert from US$ - accepted everywhere.

    There are many, many great restaurants in Aruba that don't cost a fortune. I found 2 bulletin boards extremely helpful when planning my trip - www.aruba-bb.com and www.visitaruba.com.

    I think if you check those boards you'll find a wealth of info on restaurants, activities and lodging options.

    Have a great time!

    Sooooz

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