Hi. I am off to Aruba in teh first week of October. I intend to scuba alot. Looking for a good hotel on the beach if possible. I saw rates of $112 at Aruba Resort Spa And Casino and $105 at Divi Dutch Village.

Which would be a better hotel to stay at. I want the beach/pool for my wife who won’t dive. But we want to eat in the city… I hear the restaurants in the city are great. So which is closer?

Should I rent a car, or can I do without one?

Anyone know a good Scuba Dive shop in Aruba?

1- Stay at the Wyndham, been there twice, and loved it. I can’t wait to go back. Tell them its your Honeymoon or anniversary and ask for a room upgrade, if they have it you’ll probably get it. The Radisson is also real nice. Never stayed there, but I had dinner at one of the restaurants. Both are on the beach and have pools, casinos, and restaurants. Either way you can’t go wrong.
2- The island is relatively small so if you hop a cab it won’t cost that much. If you go to eat away from the hotels, definitely go to El Gaucho(steak house), and The Lighthouse(Italian)
3- You can do without the car, cabs are cheap enough, and you can always find one.
4- Don’t know much about the scuba, sorry. But other than that I’d recommend going to the Ostrich Farm, and the dune buggy or jeep tour.

Have fun!