Dear Fellow Arubaphiles,
My husband and I just returned from two glorious weeks in paradise. We rented a lovely new Hyundai Accent from Tropic Car Rental. Our experience with the company and Hans couldn't have been better. We were met punctually at the arrivals terminal by one of the agents. Paper work was completed in advance of our trip. So, all we did was just sign for the car and off we went. Our car was in pristine condition, large enough to hold two 26 inch suitcases in the trunk and "tooled us around" Aruba in complete comfort. (We made sure to download a copy of the road signs and familiarized ourselves with the rules of the road and road hazards so as not to have any driving debacles. We recommend this for ALL American drivers, no matter HOW experienced a driver you are.) And be forewarned - we noticed an increased presence of Aruban police monitoring the roadways and many speeding tickets issued! So, slow down, follow the posted speed limits (in kilometers), enjoy the beautiful Aruban scenery just little longer and arrive at your destination safely.
At the end of our vacation, the drop-off at the departure terminal couldn't have been simpler or more trouble-free. But what's life without a little drama? To top off the experience, I discovered at the airline check-in counter that I had lost my passport! I called Hans to see if perhaps the passport had dropped out of my purse into the rental car. No such luck! But, Hans was an ABSOLUTE ANGEL and gallant gentleman, who kindly offered to come to the airport and pick me up. In the midst of his busy day, he transported me back to Oranjestad where I had dropped the passport in a jewelry store while shopping just before my departure!!! TALK ABOUT SERVICE!!!
My sincerest thanks to Tropic Car Rental and especially to Hans who, because of his kindness, will always have my heartfelt gratitude. See you in June, 2012.