See you tomorrow. What's on our agenda tomorrow nite. Alhmbra? Crystal?Well arrive in Aruba tomorrow, Easter Sunday, I have been approached in regards to timeshares and I just keep walking stating...."Thanks I already own many weeks on the island" and the man that is in the parking lot at night across from the Crystal Casino.......He has been there for years and he will ask for 1.00 to watch your car.....We laugh and tell him if he takes extra care watching our car we'll give him more when we return......and we always do..
Can't wait and will be there for 1 month.... Happy Easter Happy Passover Week Happy Spring
Fortunately, I will join the "Never been approached" group about Aruba.
Entirely different in Mexico; approached many times; women and children asking for handouts; and beggers of all ages.
I think you have nothing to fear in this regard in Aruba...just relax; enjoy the sun; people and hospitality.
Have a wonderful vacation.
Two weeks ago we were downtown by the dunkin donuts. A man approached us and asked if we had some money that he could have to get something to eat and drink at dunkin donuts. We kindly said no and he said thank you and walked away.
On our visit two years ago there was a man on the back side of downtown that asked for money but again he was kind and moved on. Neither time did I feel threatened or unsafe.
Now in Caracas...I was with a couple girlfriends and a man approached us asking for money and when we said no and walked away he came after us swinging his cane. I will never step foot in that town again!
We have been going to the island 6 years now and really the only issue has been people approaching you about buying a timeshare. We were solicited once on our cab ride from the airport.
One approach during annual two-week visits since 1997....a very non-threatening approach.
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During our multiple trips since mid 90's, the only people that have approached us are those handing out flyers, or timeshare solicitors. Did have someone honk at us and say "Hi Sheri" while we were walking downtown. Guess I spent too much time in the jewelery store ;-) Usually everyone if very friendly.
OMG....you are toooooo funny, I may have bumped into you afterall Mark
Must just have thought you were some crazy tourist that stayed out in the sun too long....oh, wait that was me !!!!
But to answer the original question, was approached once many years ago, but the man offered to watch our jeep for 2 dollars, so we gave him 2 and he stole 2 pairs of our sunglasses....
ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME
I think in the ten years I've been going to the island, my Lady and I have been asked once for change, or some sort of assistance maybe once, maybe twice, and on a response of "sorry, can't help you out..." the person just smiled and wandered away.
Back when things were much more active than they are now downtown, back when Friday and Saturday nights were "burnout nights" on the main street (I'm sure some of you will remember that, squealing tires and the smell of burning rubber), we were offered contraband substances for recreational enjoyment.... you know what I mean. At any rate, another polite refusal was all it took.
We haven't encountered much in the way of rudeness or aggressive behaviour from the locals, perhaps the odd pushy timeshare guy, but that's it. Just have to smile and say "No thanks" firmly and move along.
Hey, there's another one of us tourists less than 10 feet away, so there's always another chance to sell... someone's gotta be buying from these folks, otherwise they wouldn't be there.
Just counting the minutes at this point until we get to the Tam...
"It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got..."
Aruba.... sometime in 2017, unless that lottery ticket hits.