Aruba: Help! I'm panicking

Oct 21st, 2003, 08:14 PM
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Aruba: Help! I'm panicking


I'm hoping someone can put my mind at ease. I just booked a week at LaCabana in Aruba and convinced my good friends to join us. We are a party of 10 with a total of 5 kids. Up until this point I had read very good things about the resort and the website is great!! I have just come across a ton of negative posts on this website regarding our choice.

Can anyone tell me about their experience and whether booking All Inclusive was a mistake? We figured it would be best with so many of us travelling. Does it make a difference if you travel off peak season for good service and relief of crowds?

Any feedback would be so greatly appreciated!!
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 05:33 AM
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Don't panic! LaCabana is a great resort for families. We've stayed there twice and would return in a heartbeat. We've never done all-inclusive there as we enjoy eating out in Aruba. You do have to cross a road to get to the beach but it's no big deal (unless you have difficulty walking). LaCabana has three sets of buildings - I think the front set, closest to the beach is for timeshare owners(???). We have always stayed in the middle set. They have two pools - the one out front is very large and sprawling - the one behind the second building is smaller and sometime more quiet. If you have any other specific questions, I'll be happy to help.
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 03:36 PM
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Thank you MuyLinda for your reply. Out of curiosity, besides enjoying the other Aruba restaurants is there any other reason you chose non all-inclusive? (ie. the food on site is not good) Have you tried any of the LaCabana restaurants? I think my biggest worry now is that we're stuck eating on the resort and if it's poor we will be sorry for going AI.

Thanks again for your help!
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 04:39 PM
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Hi Nicc - Our last stay at LaCabana was about 4 years ago so I don't know all the restaurants they have now. Back then I think they only had 2 restaurants, a pizza take out stand near the pool and a Dunkin Donuts kiosk between the second and third buildings. Their dinner restaurant was good; their poolside restaurant for lunch was great, the pizza was marginal and we loved having bagels from DD beachside every morning. I see on their website (www.lacabana.com) they have more eating choices than they did 4 years ago. If you decide you want to eat out one night, there is a great Italian Restaurant across the street called Alfredo's. They have good food and large portions. They also have games for the kids so it's a nice family night out. Again, don't worry. LaCabana is great and your family will enjoy themselves.
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 09:42 PM
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I appreciate the tip regarding the restaurant. Sounds like the resort will have some decent food so we shouldn't starve!! I did have one other question for anyone that has been to La Cabana. I realize it's a family resort and we can expect alot of kids. Are any of the pools a little smaller/quieter at LaCabana or are they all very large and busy. It's nice to be able to retreat from the chaos from time to time. I know last year we visited Antigua and stayed at the Jolly Beach which also catered to families. They had one pool that had an upbeat atmosphere with a beach bar, music and lots of activity but the other pool was quieter and less crowded. You could actually read a book and nap under the carribean sky.
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Oct 22nd, 2003, 09:45 PM
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Oops! Sorry MuyLinda, I reread your post and you answered my question about the pools. I guess I was too focussed on the food issue and didn't really retain the information you had provided.
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