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    I have a question. They list the location as Matadera, Noord. The realtor said it was Tanki Flip. What section of Aruba is it? What section do you consider it?

    Isn't Noord further north and Matadera East?

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    that is a good question.
    i consider it tanki flip........i consider that whole area near the fire station tanki flip.
    but i have been wrong lotsa times.

    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    I have a question. They list the location as Matadera, Noord. The realtor said it was Tanki Flip. What section of Aruba is it? What section do you consider it?

    Isn't Noord further north and Matadera East?

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    Thank you for your trip report. One of the forum members has written several books. While all of them mention Aruba in some way, two of them are set in Aruba. I highly recommend them for your reading pleasure. While they are fiction, two are based on the reality of San Nicolas and the legality of prostitution. The other is the author's (again, fictionalized) account of a recent high-profile crime. These books are widely available on-island, as well as in the US.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    that is a good question.
    i consider it tanki flip........i consider that whole area near the fire station tanki flip.
    but i have been wrong lotsa times.
    I consider it Tanki Flip too. When I think of Noord, I think of the northern part of the island where the expensive homes are.

    I was just looking at the rental agreement I signed when renting the condo and the realtor listed the address as Matadera, Noord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperBunches View Post
    Thank you for your trip report. One of the forum members has written several books. While all of them mention Aruba in some way, two of them are set in Aruba. I highly recommend them for your reading pleasure. While they are fiction, two are based on the reality of San Nicolas and the legality of prostitution. The other is the author's (again, fictionalized) account of a recent high-profile crime. These books are widely available on-island, as well as in the US.


    An Island Away
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    Thanks.

    I've learned that there is a sex tourism industry in Aruba(although it's secondary, several notches down, from the family oriented tourism). If you Google Aruba Escorts or Aruba Escort Service, there are several "companies" websites that pop up.
    Last edited by vincep; 08-26-2013 at 11:58 AM.

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    First of all: Congratulations on your new condo! How exciting!

    Noord is actually a town in Aruba. It covers several "districts" (not sure if that's the correct word) like Tanki Flip, Matadera, Montana etc. Here is a little info I just googled:

    Noord is a town in Aruba (a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands). It is part of the Noord/Tanki Leendert administrative unit of Aruba, which has a population of 16,944 as of 2000. By now, it is the town with the greatest population. This town is known for its low rise and high rise hotels, restaurants, beaches, malls, the California Lighthouse, and other places of attraction.
    Noord is perhaps best known in the United States as the birthplace of Major League Baseball pitcher Sidney Ponson.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noord


    And here is a nice map which shows you the area which belongs to Noord:

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=noord...&ved=0CLUBELYD

    And you might love this map, it shows you Tanki Flip and Matadera. You can zoom in and out, move the map with your curser, it's quite detailed:

    http://www.gomapper.com/travel/map-of/tanki-flip.html




    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    I have a question. They list the location as Matadera, Noord. The realtor said it was Tanki Flip. What section of Aruba is it? What section do you consider it?

    Isn't Noord further north and Matadera East?

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    Thanks. That is a feature I didn't realize about Google Maps. Although it only seems to work with Noord.

    Anyway, according to Google Maps, my condo is technically in Noord. Noord is supposed to be the "better" or more affluent part of Aruba. Although the reality is that I would categorize the neighborhood where my property is and surrounding area, as middle class. Not upper or lower, just middle class. Noord by the lighthouse, is upper middle class or wealthy. Further south(near the run down part of Oranjestad) and east towards Santa Cruz and SN is lower middle class and poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    No. But why would you need it to be? The best thing to do is don't leave valuables in your car and leave the doors unlocked. That's what I did with the rental. I even left the windows cracked open in the day.
    I'm not sure if the insurance company would pay if the doors were unlocked and the car was stolen. I think I read it somewhere. Maybe the car rental company could give advice or the insurance company.

    If there is an emergency and you need to call police, the number is 911. Just like in the US.

    Here is a useful link with lots of info:

    Aruba
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    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p.../cis_1153.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincep View Post
    Thanks. That is a feature I didn't realize about Google Maps. Although it only seems to work with Noord.

    Anyway, according to Google Maps, my condo is technically in Noord. Noord is supposed to be the "better" or more affluent part of Aruba. Although the reality is that I would categorize the neighborhood where my property is and surrounding area, as middle class. Not upper or lower, just middle class. Noord by the lighthouse, is upper middle class or wealthy. Further south(near the run down part of Oranjestad) and east towards Santa Cruz and SN is lower middle class and poor.
    You are welcome.

    Hmm, I never looked at it like that.

    I see the high rise area and the low rise area as more the tourist parts of Aruba. And everything else as the "original" Aruba, even large parts of Oranjestad which I find very charming as I feel "time stood still". I have been four times to Aruba, 7 to 8 days each, I LOVE exploring the island and have seen many parts of it.

    It's true, some of the most stunning homes are in the California Lighthouse area. But I have also seen gorgeous villas just driving land inwards on my way to the Natural Bridge. Or in Noord, Oranjestad and in Savaneta. I believe, living in Savaneta is less expensive as it's a bit away from tourism. And it's also more tranquil. In my view, it has it's own charm and it's own pace.

    I hope you can return soon to Aruba and soak it all in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    I'm not sure if the insurance company would pay if the doors were unlocked and the car was stolen. I think I read it somewhere. Maybe the car rental company could give advice or the insurance company.
    I don't think they are likely to steal the car;rather the contents. Cars are very hard to steal nowadays with the chip in the keys etc. This is why car thieves started car jacking people. Leaving the car unlocked ensures that they don't damage the vehicle to get in. Also it shows them that there is nothing to steal. Also if there is any issue with the insurance company, they have to prove you left it unlocked. How do they know they didn't gain entry with a duplicate key or slim jim and not leave marks?
    Last edited by vincep; 08-26-2013 at 02:27 PM.

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