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    One thing I noticed is that I could not get cash from all of the ATMs. For example, my checking account is with Bank of America and my "debit" card from there does not have a Cirrus logo. It is a Visa debit card. Some ATMs only serviced Cirrus and Mastercard. I had to find "select" ATMs that serviced a Visa logo. Was not very convenient. Also, the ATM at the Radisson seems to ALWAYS be out of order. Next year I will definitely bring enough cash to last for the whole two weeks. This year I only brought one week's worth of cash and figured I would just go to an ATM to get the rest. Not only was it not easy to locate an ATM that would accept a "Visa" logo, but most ATMs only give you a few hundred dollars at a time even though in the states I'm allowed to withdraw up to 1,000 per day from my checking account through my ATM card.

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    my visa logo debit atm card (from my credit union here in maine) allows only $300 maximum withdrawal per day from atm.
    while in aruba in jan/feb, we had no problems finding an atm that would accept the card...we went to the bank atm on smith blvd near the former office of the ata.

    another time we stopped at a bank atm machine across the street from queen wilhemenna park downtown.

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    the atm at the hyatt casino and in front of playa linda only has a $1 fee. the only 2 I've ever used.

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    Bank of America Debit card will work at the Alhambra casino ATM. Just make sure you use the ATM machine and not the Cash Advance Machine(bigger fee).
    However for the most part always use American Express Travel Checks when I need cash.
    At resort checkout always use a credit card. Usually will not use a Debit card out of the country. Even Ling & Sons take credit cards if you have a photo ID.
    Last edited by TomFrederick; 04-28-2010 at 08:43 AM.

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    Atm's

    I have been going to Aruba for 34 years, including the last 9-10 years straight, so i can't believe i am even asking a question, i should be answering them.

    Anyway, i am leaving this week, and am wondering about money.
    I have always brought Travelers Checks with me, either Amex or Citibank. I have a feeling that i am the only one in the world that still uses these things.

    My wife wants to just use her ATM card (we are gamblers-not good). I know there are ATM's all over the place down there, but I am not clear on the fees. I don't want to be bothered walking to a bank to use their ATM, its inconvenient, and its 10 minutes less that i can spend on the beach, which is all i do all day.

    So my question is this - at the Marriott specifically - the hotel, not the timeshare - what do the ATM's charge? Is it ridiculous? And do they dispense USD or Florins.
    Thanks

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    hey prato

    they dispense USDOLLARS and FLORINS you get to decide right before you enter the amount.

    the fees are comparable to the USA.
    i just went back and looked at my january online statement for my credit union and we used the ATM on jan 22 and jan 29 both times the fees were $3.00.
    we used the ATM at Lings

    The only time i can avoid fees is using the ATM @ my credit union. (5 county in maine and midflorida)

    i guess it is a small price to pay for the convenience.

    i prefer to bring travelers checks.

    we used to use our credit card lots in aruba (AA Citi Master card) but now they add in the international fee and being tight i do not like paying that either.

    this upcoming trip we have our travelers checks lined up and ready.
    easily cashed at casinos for no fee.

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    Thanks for the response Andrea.
    I just called Citibank, and found out that in addition to the $3.00 or whatever charge the Aruba ATM/Bank will charge me for a withdrawal, Citi will also charge my account 3% of whatever amount i withdraw. They only do this on overseas transactions, not domestic withdrawals.

    Think I'll stick with Travelers Checks.
    Last edited by pratoman; 07-24-2010 at 10:40 PM.

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    We used travelers checks and cash when we went. I did have a cc with me just in case. The only place we tried that wouldn't take a travelers check was Green Zebra Adventures.

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    >>>> "I have a feeling that i am the only one in the world that still uses these things."
    ---- I still bring Amer Express Trav Ch. I get them free at my credit union and casinos, my resort, and all the restaurants we go to still accept them.
    Think in Europe you will have a hard time using them. Have always cashed them all the time on cruise ships without any problems.
    Also was able to use my American Express Credit Card at Ling & Sons without any foreign fees added. The cash register at checkout did the conversion to US$$ and processed the charge right there. They did ask to see a photo ID so have your drivers lic or passport with you.

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    I, for one, prefer "American Express Travelers' Checks"; and I get them free at my bank; but also used my credit card at a number of establishments. I did notify my credit card issuer that I was traveling out of the country; and they said when I returned to check with them about any unauthorized users. None. Also, I did not have to pay any additional fees for the use of my credit card in Aruba.

    I imagine there are different regulations at different banks/credit unions; but this is my experience.

    Ed

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