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    Credit VS Cash

    I am not a ATM person and wonder what works best...ofcourse credit card, but how much cash on hand necessary?? Would it be easier to have "money cards" as in gift cards? I do not want to over do it with bringing cash if credit cards cover most. I understand, tip money etc....but what are the entities that require cash only in Aruba? Like bus or taxi, and what else? Tips? Please advise.


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    Taxis are cash only. Most restaurants and tours in the tourist areas will except credit. Some smaller carryout style restaurants are cash only. We take a small amount of cash for casinos, taxis, tipping, and walking around money. If there is a specific excursion we want to do, I will always ask. Some fishing charters and private tours are cash only.
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    bus/taxi - cash
    tips - cash

    we usually do a mix of credit and cash.

    re: gift cards
    be aware that an aruban place such as dunkin donuts will not take usa dunkin donut gift cards.
    but ruths chris steakhouse will accept them.
    i would not rely on gift cards.

    i do know it is old school, but some folks still like travelers checks and those can be cashed at casinos and at the front dest of your resort.

    credit cards do cover most.

    check your card to see if it charges a foreign transaction fee.
    many do.
    many don't.

    also please notify your credit card comany that you will be away.

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss913 View Post
    I am not a ATM person and wonder what works best...ofcourse credit card, but how much cash on hand necessary?? Would it be easier to have "money cards" as in gift cards? I do not want to over do it with bringing cash if credit cards cover most. I understand, tip money etc....but what are the entities that require cash only in Aruba? Like bus or taxi, and what else? Tips? Please advise.

    Last edited by Andrea J.; 06-24-2017 at 08:31 AM.

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    Cash & Traveler's Checks are accepted almost everywhere and can remove any concerns of your CC being compromised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
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    check your card to see if it charges a foreign transaction fee.
    many do.
    many don't.

    also please notify your credit card company that you will be away.
    Make sure they bill your credit card in US $$$ not Aruban florins to avoid the service charge.

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    that was helpful, thanks!

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    thanks, very helpful, and i did hear about the letting the card company know you are going abroad...important! I am going to look into the old fashion travelers cks idea too....seems like a safer way to travel with "cash"...thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBS199 View Post
    Cash & Traveler's Checks are accepted almost everywhere and can remove any concerns of your CC being compromised.
    All major CC companies protect you from fraudulent charges. You review you charges and call or click to complain and you're off the hook.


    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    Make sure they bill your credit card in US $$$ not Aruban florins to avoid the service charge.

    I'm not sure you have a choice in how the business bills your card. However, if you have a CC with a bank that doesn't charge a currency conversion fees, it doesn't matter.

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    Be safe and make front and back copies of your credit and debit cards in case they are compromised. Keep the info separate from the cards and you'll have the account number and the phone number to call if something were to happen.

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