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    Let's face it. Some will not be able to "do this". They will not "get it" (understand it).
    Meaning no disrespect, my husband may be one of the ones that will not get it.
    He still uses his flip phone, anything other than that "flips him out".

    To go from no metered parking to this is going to confuse and baffle so many.

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    I just left the parking area by Cuba's Cooking and the parking lot is about half empty. Even during slow season, I never saw it that empty. The only issue I see is that the parking spot numbers are painted white and pretty small. Some of the numbers seems to be fading away already. On a positive note, there is plenty of available parking now.

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    Hey Andrea, I am with Paul. I still use a flip phone, lol, and so does my hubby. We are just lovers of "antiques", lol...

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    I APOLIGISE

    I spoke to Aruparking and they said you have to leave the ticket in the vehicle. The lady said to lightly dampen the ticket and press it on the inside of the windshield. Also, from what I read somewhere was that you could add extra time at any parking station. She said NO, you have to go back to the parking meter where you originally paid.

    As CK1 mentioned you can only purchase as of now the smart card at their office near Que Pasa. The card cost AFL 15 but you only get AFL 10 on the card. The difference of AFL 5 is to pay for the cost of the card. Aruparking said she didn't know when or where the smart card can be purchased in the future.

    Sorry for the misinformation. Where I'm from we don't have parking stations so I don't know how they work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Let's face it. Some will not be able to "do this". They will not "get it" (understand it).
    Meaning no disrespect, my husband may be one of the ones that will not get it.
    He still uses his flip phone, anything other than that "flips him out".

    To go from no metered parking to this is going to confuse and baffle so many.
    I also have a flip phone. Don't need to carry a computer every where I go. I am sure though that I could figure out the parking machines. Just not sure I want to. I cant trust them to be accurate or honest when money is involved and if they make a mistake, how are you going to rectify it in a timely manner? Do you want to spend your week(s) on Aruba fighting a parking ticket or towed car? I don't, so why take the chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    I APOLIGISE
    I spoke to Aruparking and they said you have to leave the ticket in the vehicle. The lady said to lightly dampen the ticket and press it on the inside of the windshield. Also, from what I read somewhere was that you could add extra time at any parking station. She said NO, you have to go back to the parking meter where you originally paid.

    Sorry for the misinformation. Where I'm from we don't have parking stations so I don't know how they work.
    No apology needed, Liz! You tried to help. It's difficult as there is almost no information in English available. This whole parking issue is confusing for so many.

    Where I live, there is free parking everywhere! Except the airport: You get a ticket which you take with you and when leaving the parking lot, you pay for the time you spent at the airport. That makes sense to me.

    Regarding Aruba parking: I did read that you can recharge the parking ticket at ANY other parking machine, it's not required to go back to the original one. Guess, now we have more confusion. LOL Maybe more info comes out in the next few days and weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    No apology needed, Liz! You tried to help. It's difficult as there is almost no information in English available. This whole parking issue is confusing for so many.

    Where I live, there is free parking everywhere! Except the airport: You get a ticket which you take with you and when leaving the parking lot, you pay for the time you spent at the airport. That makes sense to me.

    Regarding Aruba parking: I did read that you can recharge the parking ticket at ANY other parking machine, it's not required to go back to the original one. Guess, now we have more confusion. LOL Maybe more info comes out in the next few days and weeks.
    Yes, it is very confusing since there is not any info in English. I will contact Aruparking again to try to clarify about paying for extra time at another parking station. If people have to walk back to the original meter, that will really turn off people from going downtown. I know if would me. Though if I was dining at the Seaport, I would pay in advance for 2 or 3 hours.

    I feel for the locals. They have afternoon Bingo at Seaport Casino's which many locals enjoy playing. Now they will have to pay to park.

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    Thanks for trying to get more info, Liz.

    It seems there is free parking at the Seaport Marketplace if people eat at one of the restaurants there. However, I do not know how long they are allowed to park. If I would be there, I would like to walk around afterwards and spend some extra time downtown.

    I feel for the locals as well. Many make only 8 Florins per hour. The parking fee is a burden for many.

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    Thanks Liz. No apology necessary!!!!

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    the only way to do it, which i'm sure they are hoping for is go for an hour but pay for three. if you go for two hours, pay for 4 hours. its the only thing but as someone said, who's to say they don't say oh, you didn't have the ticket in the window and give you a ticket anyway. I think its best if you rent a car, don't go downtown. if you take a taxi, not a problem but if I rent a car, I'm not paying for a taxi on top of it. I don't need to go downtown that bad.. if the stores downtown are relying on tourists other than the cruise ships, they are going to be in for a big disappointment.

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