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    I would think it's safe to think that all resort type places have a safe. Of course it would be a great question to ask when planning your next trip
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Our Rental Villa has a hotel safe for guest valuables but this may not be a standard amenity available at all vacation home rentals. It is best to ask the owner or property manager.
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    Another answer... pretty much the same.. some do and some don't but I know a lot of homes have security systems so if they don't have a safe, see if they have a security system... so you are covered
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    Thanks again guys. I typically only travel with cash and don't use my CC at all when away in a foreign country so this is something I will have to ponder when we decide to try something new. I think I would need to use something like Andrea mentioned if I stayed someplace without a safe, thanks for the link.

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    Are credit cards different in the US from Canada? This topic has come up a number of times in different threads. I can't wrap my head around the hesitancy to use a credit card and I'm wondering if fraud protection is different between the two countries.

    In Canada, if a credit card is used fraudulently at home or abroad and identified as such, the charges are just reversed to the vendor that took them on. That's why PIN numbers are becoming pervasive to most transactions (and I wish Aruba would get in the game with wireless handsets so you don't have to march up to the bar to pay your bill).

    We rarely carry cash - just small amounts for taxi rides. Everything goes on the card with the assurance that, if the card is ever misused, we just reverse that charge. That being said, I change my PIN number every time we come back from a foreign destination just to be extra safe.

    I agree with trying not to use debit cards - that can easily be faked and, like cash, once it's gone, it's gone.
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    agree
    credit cards are much safer than debit or cash

    credit card fraudulent/unauthorized purchases can be reversed!
    lost cash/stolen cash....

    maybe some folks do not want to use credit cards due to a foreign transaction fee.
    check with your credit card customer service and ask about if there is a foreign transaction fee.
    there are no fees on my cards.

    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Are credit cards different in the US from Canada? This topic has come up a number of times in different threads. I can't wrap my head around the hesitancy to use a credit card and I'm wondering if fraud protection is different between the two countries.

    In Canada, if a credit card is used fraudulently at or home or abroad and identified as such, the charges are just reversed to the vendor that took them on. That's why PIN numbers are becoming pervasive to most transactions (and I wish Aruba would get in the game with wireless handsets so you don't have to march up to the bar to pay your bill).

    We rarely carry cash - just small amounts for taxi rides. Everything goes on the card with the assurance that, if the card is ever misused, we just reverse that charge. That being said, I change my PIN number every time we come back from a foreign destination just to be extra safe.

    I agree with trying not to use debit cards - that can easily be faked and, like cash, once it's gone, it's gone.

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    They typically remove things quickly in the US as well but I have seen horror stories when I worked in finance so I try to limit any potential issues. I also gamble daily when in Aruba (never at home) and would not want to go to the bank machine daily...

    Great point about the debit cards...they are like cash and good luck getting your money back.

    I am not that old, but old enough to be stuck in my ways, LOL. I have always traveled with cash because of some horror stories I have heard about. I guess a bigger horror story could be if I lost all my cash....that would be a true horror story! That said, I still need some of it for gambling so I can't/won't just go on plastic but I do see your points.
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    Totally agree with you on using credit cards and NOT using debit cards. I figure if I call the CC company before traveling, they can note the account to allow charges and anything that is not mine can easily be disputed. Plus, I can earn stuff on the purchase (Upromise for college savings, or Capital One for miles or travel credits, etc.)
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    At Our Villa , we have security ,cameras and a lap top safe ,which is large and takes near on anything , some hotels charge extra for a safe , We have paid a fee in the past. We use a mixture of both cash and credit card as its safer you have assurances with a credit card .if you let them know your on holiday and where . As Aruba takes dollars it's sometimes simpler .We do get a better dollar Rate on our Card as opposed ,to exchange rates in the UK.But of course for US it's the same .As Aruba is Florins and Dollars.But be sure you have your passport for larger amounts or the supermarket .
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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Are credit cards different in the US from Canada? This topic has come up a number of times in different threads. I can't wrap my head around the hesitancy to use a credit card and I'm wondering if fraud protection is different between the two countries.

    In Canada, if a credit card is used fraudulently at home or abroad and identified as such, the charges are just reversed to the vendor that took them on. That's why PIN numbers are becoming pervasive to most transactions (and I wish Aruba would get in the game with wireless handsets so you don't have to march up to the bar to pay your bill).

    We rarely carry cash - just small amounts for taxi rides. Everything goes on the card with the assurance that, if the card is ever misused, we just reverse that charge. That being said, I change my PIN number every time we come back from a foreign destination just to be extra safe.

    I agree with trying not to use debit cards - that can easily be faked and, like cash, once it's gone, it's gone.
    Credit cards issues seems to be resolved the same way here in the US. We don't hesitate to use them. I do monitor our accounts online at least monthly to catch any fraudulent activity. It's happened a few times over the last 5-10 years, but never been an issue getting resolved quickly and we never lost a dime of our own money.

    We don't carry much cash, mainly enough for taxi rides and a few small casino donations, but I would still like to have a safe. Until this thread, hadn't really thought about it at a rental property. Great discussion here. We typically lock up our passports, some jewelry (nothing major), and our electronics. If we were going to stay in a house, I would probably go with something like the PacSafe or even the Kyss bag, which gets good reviews. http://www.kyssbags.com/
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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