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ABC islands


Tug Review Crew: Rookie
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Jun 8, 2005
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I finally got a week at Sea Aquariam in Curacao for summer of 2009. We like to travel for 3 weeks in the summer so Aruba and Bonaire are possible stays during that time......my question is: should I count out Curacao for a 2nd week, is Aruba and Bonaire so hard to get into that time of year that I should book as soon as I get an exchange, no matter what?


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Dec 5, 2007
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saint james, new york
ABC islands, give the rentals a look.

Lots of timeshares in Aruba, it should be the easier place to get a trade. Bonaire with less resorts would be a problem. You can always look at the rental section and not worry about a trade.:whoopie:


TUG Review Crew: ELITE
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Jun 10, 2005
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Melbourne Beach FL; Steamboat Springs CO
RCI lists several timeshares in Bonaire, but the last time I checked, only two were open and accepting exchanges. One is Lions Dive Bonaire aka Buddy Dive, where I own. IMHO, this is a great resort for divers, but if you don't dive or snorkel, (or if you require a luxury unit) I don't know how well you'd like it. I've posted several reviews on TUG. What makes Lions Dive Bonaire hard to get into is its erratic VEP. Sometimes it can be pulled with a high quality resort, sometimes it requires a medium quality resort with otherwise high trading power.

The other timeshare resort on Bonaire is the Divi Flamingo Beach. They only have studios. I've never attempted to exchange into that one, so I can't tell you how tough it is.


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Jun 20, 2005
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Seatime, Aruba Divi Phoenix, A Place at the Beach III
Although there a number of timeshares in Aruba, I do not believe they are easy to get unless you want a studio, all inclusive or not be anywhere near the beach. Just saying these units will be easier to get but not what I would call easy.

Aruba is a popular destination and you maybe to late to get a unit for the summer of 2009 unless you grab it when you see it or someone turns one back in at the last minute.

I have several very strong traders and finding my second week in Aruba (we own one week there) in the summer definitley takes time. Yesterday I found a unit but it was not on the beach and my husband said "pass".