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Old Saturday, September 15th, 2007, 08:11 PM
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if you were given the exact amount to buy a timeshare week in aruba and that money could only be spent to buy a timeshare week in aruba, which timeshare property would you pick and why. which one would you be least likely to buy?
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if you were given the exact amount to buy a timeshare week in aruba and that money could only be spent to buy a timeshare week in aruba, which timeshare property would you pick and why. which one would you be least likely to buy?
Oh my....that's a tough one! I think I need more coffee before I answer!

In terms of where I would buy and why, I think I'd have to really explore the options personally. I would probably consider the Occidental strongly, without the AI option, and would do so because I do like the property and the beach area.

Since the only timeshare we've stayed at and rented is the Playa Linda, I would say that I would not purchase there. Only because the beach area seems to be shrinking, and we found it VERY crowded last year. We loved staying there, but I wouldn't buy there unless the beach area was somehow made larger.
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Old Sunday, September 16th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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I would absolutely buy where I already own, Playa Linda. I love the other owners, I love the staff, I love our management company, and I love the crowded beach. We are all such good friends, and share the chickees with each other, and gab all day, and go out to dinner with each other at night.....absolutely Playa Linda. I just love it.

I would not buy at LaCabana. It is just too big for me. PLBR has about 210 units and that's pushing it. Although I think LaCabana is lovely, the size of it is the biggest deterent for me.
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I would buy a timeshare at the new place (can't remember the name) on Eagle Beach it would be the one that is super expensive (like $500,000 to a Million) to purchase and is up the road from LaCabana, Paradise Beach Resort and Tulip Restaurant. Of course it would have to be a unit facing the Caribbean and not AI, and I would like to own it for 52 weeks, not just 1 !!!!
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I think I'd probably buy another week at the Phoenix. We've been happy there since it opened and, even with the additional units, I think it will continue to suit us nicely. Being the first resort on Palm Beach and having no close "neighbors" means you don't get claustrophobic on the beach.
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Old Sunday, September 16th, 2007, 09:32 AM
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I Love Aruba Re: what timeshare?

My sentiments basically mirror Chris'. I'd buy more weeks at ABC... love it there, have many friends, and feel very comfortable. I like being in a smaller place that has everything I want and need.

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I would probably buy a week at the RIU. We like AI and seems to be the best AI at this point. It would also give the option of non-AI which is the best of both worlds. Week 52 without a doubt would be my week. I would skip the Millenium and/or CPV as I know nothing about the first and CPV is too far from the beach. We really don't rent a car when there and both would require a car.
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Old Sunday, September 16th, 2007, 03:39 PM
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We would buy at the Marriott Surf Club. We have stayed at about 12 timeshares in Aruba and we like the Surf Club the best. The rooms are huge and awsome. The pools and landscaping are fabulous and the beach area is improving to whats going to be very nice. I know that they have alot more people there but we really love it there. Kent
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Old Sunday, September 16th, 2007, 04:22 PM
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After due consideration, we first must say that we have truly enjoyed our stays at CDM; Playa Linda and Costa Linda. We have also stayed at the Marriott Resort and have visited the time shares affiliated with the Marriott. Although the beach at the forementioned time shares is, in our opinion, superior to that of the Marriotts...we must admit that the accommodations at the Marriott time shares are, in a word, GORGEOUS. So..if someone out there would grace us with the money to purchase a Marriott time share...we would be ecstatic!!
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I own at LaCabana and have just returned from an exchange to Playa Linda. Given the opportunity to purchase another timeshare in Aruba, neither would be my choice. Although I have really enjoyed all of my vacations at LaCabana, I am not overly fond of the room layout. I really like the location of the Playa Linda and the onsite restaurant Azurro, but thought the 1 bedroom unit was not much better than LaCabana and the beach area far too crowded. I would pick the Marriott Surf Club. I know the beach is crowded but having stayed there last year I can say the 1 bedroom units are far superior to that of LaCabana and Playa Linda, and the Surf Club is within easy walking distance to many fine restaurants along Palm Beach. And then there is the lazy river, which is something that no other timeshare in Aruba has.
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if you were given the exact amount to buy a timeshare week in aruba and that money could only be spent to buy a timeshare week in aruba, which timeshare property would you pick and why. which one would you be least likely to buy?


That is a very easy question Costa Linda on Eagle beach. Now since you did not say weather it would be a 2 or 3 bedroom Mine would be a 3 bedroom . Why it's on my favorite Beach. I like the vibe in that area. and if I want to go out I just rent a car or hop in a cab and go where I need to go.

What least likely timeshare I could not answer that. I would say that there are Locations that are not to my likening so any timeshare there would not intrest me.
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Marriott Ocean Club. Can't say anything about any other place...we've only stayed here (7 times with number 8 quickly approaching) and at the Marriott Hotel the first time we went. Maybe we will go somewhere else someday and see what it is like...but I don't think it will be anytime soon. We only have one big vacation a year..so we want to make sure we are going somewhere we are sure to have the best time and feel the most comfortable.
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Here's another vote for the Marriott Surf Club. If I had the cash it would have to be for more than one more week.It would need to be enough cash to buy 26 weeks there and then have enough left over to buy 26 weeks at the Marriott Waiohai. I just returned from five weeks in Hawaii and it was fabulous. Now I'm ready for the Aruba experience. My two favorite places in the world.

We love the Surf Club, the rooms are gorgeous, huge, and very well equipped. The Lazy River with a nice Aruban cocktail can't be beat. We've also met lots of people there and love getting together with them every year.

That said, I haven't actually stayed anywhere else, but I've visited other properties. Bottom line......anywhere as long as I was on one Happy Island!!!

Now, Sherry, where would you choose?

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Wow!! I was expecting to get shot down bringing up the Surf Club but it looks like we are on a roll!!!!! Kent
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Definately Costa Linda. Great rooms, great views, great pool, huge beach and plenty of palapas that I dont have to pay for or get up at 6am to reserve. Always an empty one or 20. That being said, we are staying at surf club 5 days in november and I will let you know if I change my mind. We did stay at the Marriott resort a couple of times and thought it was pretty crowded there. We have stayed at ABC, CDM Renaissance and Playa Linda before as well, but like Costa Linda more. Would not turn down a week at any of them if someone wants to give me one. Would NOT buy at Caribbean Palm Village or whatever they are calling it now. Why buy an Aruba timeshare that is 2 miles from the beach?
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We Like The Costa Linda Because It Is On A Good Size Beach So You Are Not On Top Of One Another It Has A Nice Pool And Is Well Kept Up. We Also Like Divi Village Because It Is More Private, Family Oriented, Etc. I Wouldn't Buy At The Riu Only Because It Doesn't "belong" ; It Looks Like It Should Be In Las Vegas!
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I would buy an additional week at CPV. Even though it is not on the beach, I love the quietness of the resort and the staff is wonderful. I don't need to be on the beach all day long. We rent a car and go to different beaches each day.
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Marriott Ocean Club for us. We're owners there and I know the beach is more crowded, but all the better for people watching. We stayed once at the Surf Club... nice, but not for us. Too big. We've thought about trying other places, just to see, but haven't.

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Walk the beaches and talk to owners. Don't look for gripes (every one has them). Look for the environment you like best. The people chemistry. The "FEEL or ESSENCE".

Look for the "Feel good" and dump your cash

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I'd stay right where I am, Casa del Mar. It's not the must luxurious, compared for example to the Marriott resorts but I enjoy the smaller friendly feel of it. As for those very expensive new ones on Eagle Beach, if you're referring to Oceania Residences, they're not time-shares, you buy them outright just like you'd buy a condo here at home.
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I'm not a timeshare owner but my parents own at the Divi and if I had the $$ I'd buy there. I've stayed there several times, and I love it. I love that there are three pools and one of them is always very quiet. I love it that now there is a pool with a swim up bar and more activity if that's what I'm in the mood for. I love the people, and I love being across from a beach that is also not very busy. Jimmy at the beach bar is so much fun, and the beach bar is the greatest place to watch the sunset. I love riding the golf cart to the Alahambra casino in the evening even if I don't want to gamble it's just fun to ride down there and walk around a bit, and ride back. (I'm easy to entertain). My parents timeshare is in the "old part" of the Divi (Divi Village) and it's perfect for me. The new part is very fancy but I don't need all of that when on vacation. I've never stayed anywhere else but LOVE the Divi.
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I would purchase one of the gorgeous 3 bedroom units at Costa Linda so we could share our love of Aruba with friends and family.
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For the opportunity to have a week in Aruba every year free of charge, I would stay just about anywhere!
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For the opportunity to have a week in Aruba every year free of charge, I would stay just about anywhere!
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I think we'd stick with Casa Del Mar and Aruba Beach Club.
No one mentioned "deeded" vs. "40 usages (or less)".
I guess we've admitted our kids have no real interest in Aruba, but I think there's still value in being able to "pass it on"....to know that someone could use it in the next generation.

Enjoying our 3 weeks at CDM and ABC now!
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We Like The Costa Linda Because It Is On A Good Size Beach So You Are Not On Top Of One Another It Has A Nice Pool And Is Well Kept Up. We Also Like Divi Village Because It Is More Private, Family Oriented, Etc. I Wouldn't Buy At The Riu Only Because It Doesn't "belong" ; It Looks Like It Should Be In Las Vegas!
I agree on all sentiments here. Another vote for the Costa and my husband and I said the same thing about the RIU...although it is a gorgeous and luxurious place it looks like it was transplanted from some hollywood movie set and dropped in Aruba accidentally.
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I have a timeshare at the Occidental. I bought it in 2001 as non-all inclusive. It has a great location (the center of Palm Beach), lots of restaurants and shops nearby, the timeshare is deeded and it has floating weeks. I can choose any week between May 15-Dec 15, meaning I can adjust the week with any special plans I have, kids in school, kids out of school, holidays, work schedules, etc. I would not buy with all inclusive as there are too many wonderful restaurants nearby and I've heard the food is only so-so there. It's not a huge resort like Marriott or LaCabana. The beach isn't a quarter mile from your room in case you need to run back to the room for something. The palapas are first come first served, no need for reservations or fees. The resort has a nice comfortable feel to it.
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