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    Everything ing is clearly marked. Have no worries


    Quote Originally Posted by Teeoney View Post
    One quick question about money. I understand US dollars are accepted just about everywhere. But outside of things like the grocery store, gas stations, etc. Are things priced in USD or AFL? i.e. at restaurants, gift shops, etc? Also are they clearly marked in what the pricing is? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeoney View Post
    One quick question about money. I understand US dollars are accepted just about everywhere. But outside of things like the grocery store, gas stations, etc. Are things priced in USD or AFL? i.e. at restaurants, gift shops, etc? Also are they clearly marked in what the pricing is? Thanks
    Many places list prices both in AFL & USD and they are clearly marked
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeoney View Post
    One quick question about money. I understand US dollars are accepted just about everywhere. But outside of things like the grocery store, gas stations, etc. Are things priced in USD or AFL? i.e. at restaurants, gift shops, etc? Also are they clearly marked in what the pricing is? Thanks
    Right now, $1.00 US equals 1.79 Florin. So for quick conversion take the price in Florins and divide in half and add 10%. Example: 1.80 florins is the price, divided in half equals .90 plus 10% or .09 equals $0.99 US. It's not exact, but it's a good ballpark figure. The further away from the established "tourist area" you go, the more likely you are to see prices in Florin.

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    We (wife and myself) just got home from Aruba on Monday the 16th. Did the same type of vacation you are talking about, rented a villa (Morning Star) near Hooiberg and also rented a car. Try Zeerover for fresh seafood and a beautiful view of the water from the deck. You can also but shrimp and fish by the kilo to go. Prices are good and the quality is awesome. Zeeover is a short drive from San Nichols and a great place to stop on the way back from baby beach. Check out Ling and Sons (IGA grocery store) they have fair prices and a good selection of items. The store is very "American" and should have everything you maybe looking for. Enjoy your vacation and I hope you all have a wonderful time in paradise.

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    Thanks for all the help everyone. With all this snow we are getting here in Nashville, I am ready to go now. Did I say now? I have my bag fully packed. I only need swim trunks and flip flops right? Hahaha

    Quote Originally Posted by Millszey View Post
    We (wife and myself) just got home from Aruba on Monday the 16th. Did the same type of vacation you are talking about, rented a villa (Morning Star) near Hooiberg and also rented a car. Try Zeerover for fresh seafood and a beautiful view of the water from the deck. You can also but shrimp and fish by the kilo to go. Prices are good and the quality is awesome. Zeeover is a short drive from San Nichols and a great place to stop on the way back from baby beach. Check out Ling and Sons (IGA grocery store) they have fair prices and a good selection of items. The store is very "American" and should have everything you maybe looking for. Enjoy your vacation and I hope you all have a wonderful time in paradise.
    We have already decided based on feedback from the forums and talking to a few people that have been recently. Lings is the grocery store to goto. As far as the seafood, as I am deadly allergic to shellfish (iodine), it makes me allergic to most fish out of the ocean as they all contain trace elements of iodine. But I am hoping to find some amazing Ahi Tuna and maybe some Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi). I keep hearing about Pago Pago, but will research more.

    P.S. - Can I go now????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeoney View Post
    .............. I keep hearing about Pago Pago, but will research more.

    P.S. - Can I go now????
    Love your enthusiasm.... you'll love Aruba. Regarding Pago Pago.... WAS a great restaurant in the Westin (Wyndham).... Closed now... but we still foster some wonderful memories. Sunset Grille at the Radisson would be similar with top notch service and food.

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    Haha. No, it's not too soon to be packed for your March 8 trip. I'm almost packed and my trip isn't til April. I think you'll find many people will start packing for their Aruba trip early. It helps pass the time til departure.

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    My trip isn't till the summer, but I have my snorkel gear packed
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    maybe for something really different a few might like to take a helicopter tour,, i went once up into the mountain on a tour, roads can be bumpy , be careful and lots of donkey's around, just grazing. Just relax and enjoy

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    the helicopter tour on aruba has been gone for approx 2 years

    Quote Originally Posted by KATH2ME View Post
    maybe for something really different a few might like to take a helicopter tour,, i went once up into the mountain on a tour, roads can be bumpy , be careful and lots of donkey's around, just grazing. Just relax and enjoy

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