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Old Sunday, October 14th, 2007, 11:06 AM
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I Love Aruba Bringing booze back to the states???

Hi. What is the limit of bottles you can bring back? Does it matter if it's in checked luggage or carry on? Or what are the limits for both checked and carry on? Figured I could buy in Aruba and put it in checked and also buy in airport on way home duty free and just throw it in my carry on.

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Old Sunday, October 14th, 2007, 10:08 PM
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Last November, the limit was 3 bottles per adult and you must check it into your luggage. So, you buy it at the airport, the cashier takes it to customs, you wait in line until you see your baggage, you place the bubble wrapped alcohol in your bag in front of airline officials and they re-zip your bag. You cannot put anything in your carry-on. Really not worth it but my bottles all arrived unbroken.
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Old Sunday, October 14th, 2007, 10:18 PM
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Default Re: Bringing booze back to the states???

I didn't buy any liquor this trip (got home Tues). but 2 1 /2 months ago the Duty Free Shop told me that I had a non-stop flight that I could carry on the liquor.

BTW there was only 1 Duty Free Shop with liquor (etc) when I left 5 days ago . I couldn't beleive the difference in 2 1/2 months. The main floor (after you go through Aruba security) is all new with only the 1 shop open. Sbarro is moved to the left side (it had been on the right) with a big open eating area. It looks really nice.
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Old Monday, October 15th, 2007, 07:50 AM
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We had a direct flight on 10/6, so I considered the possibility of buying something if it could go in a carry-on. However, the airport was so congested, so crowded, so SLOW moving that we passed by the ONE open shop.

Duty-free liquor seems to be somewhat a misnomer in Aruba compared to other Caribbean ports. Last time, I bought scotch and it was $18 for a litre. The sale price in Florida is competitive.
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Old Monday, October 15th, 2007, 04:04 PM
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I came through the airport on 10/6(twice, once on 10/5 and once on 10/6). Both days bought a 1 litre bottle of Absolut Mandarin(price was 10.99) going through, you must have a direct flight to US destination to bring on carry-on. I carried it in hand and drank it on the plane after the plane conked out on the tarmac and we sat in it for two hours I also drank some of it sitting in the gate area during another entended multi hour delay and then had a mini happy hour before the plane landed in Boston at 1 AM OOOOHHHLALA
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It is a 3 bottle limit per adult. We've never had to check the booze in our luggage, and always carry it on the plane.
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Old Tuesday, October 16th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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The savings don't match the hassle. Even if you save $3 per bottle and a couple brings back 3 bottles each, that's a grand savings of $18.
Is the hassle really worth $18 ??
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Old Tuesday, October 16th, 2007, 12:31 PM
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The savings don't match the hassle. Even if you save $3 per bottle and a couple brings back 3 bottles each, that's a grand savings of $18.
Is the hassle really worth $18 ??
Bill
Hardly, But when it is worth it is on the way down if you have a layover in say San Juan, you can save big bucks buying it and bringing it to aruba compared to buying it in Aruba-probably over half the $$$$. I brought 2- 1.75 litres liquor, 2- 1.5 mags of wine from USA packed in hardshell suitcase bubble wrapped and figured I saved $ 75 alone on those compared to Aruban prices. They hit you hard on food and booze. However if you do have to buy it there in aruba and don't mind drinking middle of the road rum and local brands I found Certified Mall market to have best prices, although there are really no mainstream liquor brands, more or less local brands.
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Helmut - Now $75 is a diffent story! I know it's personal and arbitrary but if the savings is under $25-30, it just wouldn't be worth it to us. We're not big drinkers so we really don't pay much attention.
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Old Thursday, October 18th, 2007, 02:36 PM
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Helmut - Now $75 is a diffent story! I know it's personal and arbitrary but if the savings is under $25-30, it just wouldn't be worth it to us. We're not big drinkers so we really don't pay much attention.
Bill
Unfortunately, I do have a penchant for imbibing the barleycornarty:
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Old Friday, October 19th, 2007, 07:49 AM
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We Were Allowed 3 Bottles Per Adult To Carry On As Long As We Were Flying Non Stop
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