It seems there is a lot of confusion for the locals of Aruba as well! I'm under the impression that they were allowed in the past to park at many different places downtown but after the new parking rules and the paid parking, many things changed now dramatically.
Here is a google translation from a Dutch article from Amigoe:
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 14:42
Employees of DOW paint yellow parking bays on the street
ORANGE CITY - Paid parking in downtown Oranjestad yesterday a fact. In total there were 17 parking attendants of Aruparking on the leg to see if everyone adheres to the new rules. There were on the first day four cars lifted off and a lot of warning stickers handed out. "This week we are flexible," said Sannin Daou, spokesman Arubus. Employees of Social Affairs tomorrow in talks with Tourism Minister Otmar Oduber because of dissatisfaction with paid parking.
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Many people were yesterday in the 'panic mode' because the paid parking, set Arubus spokesman Daou. The streets oogden until ten o'clock empty. But the spokesman is correct satisfied. "It means that workers at the parking places, for which they have a license and that the rest of the visitors using the parking meters. After ten o'clock walked slowly filled. "In total there were 17 traffic wardens spread over two shifts around the city, to see if everyone complied with the new rules. A large number of warning labels was distributed. "I do not know exactly how many stickers they have stuck, that we have not kept, but a large number. It was also the first day, we have to teach people what they can and can not park, "He explains." In the white box should you as a visitor parking, the yellow-marked for licensees and that no lines are drawn, you may certainly not stand, so even along the side of the street under the trees, "explains the spokesperson from. "If we will really be strict, we all approach this. Then we set up after an hour a clamp on the car and get a sticker. Now we give the sticker only as a warning, and we make clear that every well should look where they can and can not stand. "Terminal were therefore not handed out yesterday, but there were four cars hoisted away. "But those were parked really very dangerous, for example at a crossroads," said Daou. From when Aruparking going to control severe, will not tell the spokesman. "Do not put me down at a precise time. If we see people after a week to learn still a bit to handle this, then we want to look at the limit yet. "
Although Public Works Department (PWD) is still in the process of repainting of parking bays, yesterday was lots of parking in the city lost. The terrain between the CMB in the main street and the Water Tower is closed and only accessible to staff. The large parking lot behind the Renaissance Marketplace is closed by a barrier. Behind parking is free. According to Renaissance director Paul Gielen the barrier will only open to people who visit the Marketplace. "Our car is not meant to capture the whole city. We want to ensure that our guests have no parking anymore. Therefore there is a security guard at the barrier. For people who have to go to the Marketplace, will open. We think about an automatic system before, so the security guard is not necessary "On the question of Amigoe or not yet everyone inside is when he says that he, for example to go to the Starbucks, he says." That is indeed possible, but with an automated system, we want to ensure that this is no longer possible. "How this system should start working right, the director is still investigating.
The employees of Directorate of Social Affairs threatened today in protest to go because of the parking meters. In a press release, the organization that they are concerned about the negative effect that paid parking could have on their employees and customers. "Department of Social Affairs has the function and priority to help people exposed to social, financial and legal problems. The parking meters and paid parking may have a negative effect on the service we want to offer. We are not a commercial company. "In addition, they also indicate that they believe that employees should be treated equally. "It is not logical that employees are responsible for parking costs." Employees have already sent a letter on September 1 to Transportation Minister Otmar Oduber and unions Topa and Seppa. Topa union leader Rene Bernabela tells Daily Herald this morning that there is ultimately not protested. "There has been an internal meeting and agreed that workers tomorrow in conversation with Minister Oduber and Social Affairs Minister Paul Croes."
Here is another excerpt from a different Amigoe article, dated September 8, 2015.
It seems to me that this new parking rules and paid parking causes a lot of confusion and frustration, for tourists and locals alike:
Excerpt (last paragraph of the article):
Opposition party MEP was protesting not present at the opening of the parliamentary year this morning. Through its Facebook page late leader Evelyn Wever-Croes know that today they wear a hat and gloves because she's not a hypocrite. "Our parliament is raped on August 27 and we can not pretend that there are only a few windows were killed. The damage is more serious than that. "She is referring to the violation of democracy due to the adoption of the CAFT-law that regulates financial supervision. The MEP-party this morning decided to go downtown to talk to shopkeepers, entrepreneurs and customers to listen to their experiences about the paid parking policy that took effect yesterday.
Aruba does not accept credit cards which would make the whole process so much easier. They only accept their smartcard which has to be purchased at their office in Wilhelminastraat 13. Maybe some stores and restaurants will sell those smartcards later on, too, that would be helpful.
Not my hometown, but a shore town I visit every chance I get
Credit/debit cards make it much easier, but I'm sure the cash will be fine in the long run. Annoying, yes - especially since most people just dislike change. All things change and more and more the saying "You don't get anything for free anymore" is becoming true.
Parking in front of my home is now by permit only as I am within a one mile radius of the train station. It's only $2 per year for a residential permit, but it's a PITA to go to borough hall every January to get a sticker to be able to park in front of my own house! I actually refused to get it and only park in my driveway, but I still have to go get the stickers for my daughter's & husband's vehicles.
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From the posted article it sounds like it is not legal to park in any spot that is not marked on the street as a parking place. Aruba is looking more and more like Miami Beach than a Caribbean retreat. First they fenced off the goats, then started taking the iguanas away from the resorts, crime is escalating and now they are making parking a hassle. Whats next? Might be time to look for another destination like old Aruba if one can be found.
Now my husband and I as frequent visitors to Aruba since the 1970's now will refuse to go downtown anymore to shop, have lunch or dinner. It is the merchants loss because of this! What happened to the old Aruba of days gone by that we knew and loved? Loyal frequent visitors to Aruba, isn't it about time we stand up to the Aruba government and Aruba tourism authority and stand up to this injustice?? One last thing. Yes, we can cab it to downtown, but why should we have to go through the extra expense and what about the handicapped people? What do they do??
I have to say it is what it is. Why get ourselves so upset over parking? For those who will still go downtown to shop/eat/gamble/walk the linear park, etc. this could be a good thing as those people may have an easier time finding parking. For those who refuse to pay for parking - refuse - don't go - it's fine, but don't let it upset you!
With Aruba becoming so much more popular than ever before I am sure there is a TON of logistics to consider, more maintenance & upkeep for the roads and likely tons of other expenses associated. And probably some greed....someone came up with an idea to increase revenue and figure the tourist will pay it, so let's go!
My company does a lot of business in NYC. We pay to park everywhere and assume and actually budget for parking tickets as part of the job in certain areas. It is what it is.
IMO, it's a very bad decision to have paid parking downtown.
How does it affect tourists and locals? IMO, it will cause stress and it will give the feeling of being harassed (getting the "boot", vehicle getting towed away).
Just when downtown started to getting more attractive again. And then this.
Many times I read the question: what do you love the most about Aruba?
And the answers are almost always the same: the beautiful beaches and the lovely, warm, friendly people of Aruba.
I think, that is where the focus should be. To keep Aruba's natural beauty as a Caribbean paradise and to keep her hardworking people happy.
The lady yesterday must not have understood my questions. Yes, you can pay to add more time to your parking spot at any pay station. You don't have to walk back to the original station where you parked. Have your receipt with you and use the receipt # to add more time. The minimum is 1 hour but you can put in enough coins for any amount of time you want to buy.
I was asked if the parking lot behind the bus terminal is still free. No, it's not. There are yellow lined spaces for workers that have a work permit. The white lined spaces are for pay parking.
The red dots on the map below are where the parking stations are located. The blue dot are parking signs.
Last edited by Liz - Aruba Lover; 09-09-2015 at 04:42 PM.