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...
Very well put Mr.Ratt
I was asked by a beggar or two for money near the Hong King grocery store downtown while visiting last month.
Also, a shady character tried to sell me drugs of some sort while my sister and I were walking to the Dunkin Donuts/Little Caesars/Baskin Robbins internet cafe near the cruise ship terminal.
Oh, and a lady or two tried to sell us a time share on Palm Beach, but that was far less threatening.
Lesson: you're more likely to see shady characters near downtown than near Palm Beach.
The worse I have expereinced is some guy (I think) on Palm Beach dressed like "Klinger" from M*A*S*H selling Aloe lotion to sooth those aching sun-burns . . . seriously . . . despite how bad the times are - this! is! PARADISE!
ahhh that guy is famous....celebrity-like.
he has been pushing aloe products for yrs!
Have never been bothered anywhere in Aruba. Even down in Savaneta where things are not as pristine as in the hotel district.
The only thing close to being pestered is by some drunken tourist who wouldnt leave me and my wife alone one night at Buster's because I was wearing a Jets Jersey. It was horrible - he bought us 2 rounds of drinks! haha
-Eric, Karen and Mia-
Aruba New Years 2016-17 12/27/16 - 1/4/17
I was in Aruba alone on 2 trips a few years ago. When I was in downtown, I was approached quite a few times by people selling drugs. It did not happen when I was there with someone. I did not run in to any panhandlers.
Hi all, please excuse my ignorance i dont wish to offend but have a question!?
If we are to walk downtown (is downtown oranjestad by the way?!) are we likely to get approached by locals asking for money, or selling goods or children asking for sweets etc?!?!
I dont mean to offend by asking as i am unsure of what Aruba is like , having only really been to Havana in Cuba, where we were followed by children wanting money and sweets, ladies taking thier photos with us and asking for money etc im not sure if this is usual in other caribbean countries?!
I am aware Cuba is a poor island and developing but i have never heard of this is in Aruba?!
Again sorry if this sounds wrong i dont wish to offenend just want to know what to expect!
Been coming here for 12 years and have been all over the Island, I have been approached once and the guy was actually extremely polite in his request for a cigarette
We are from Scotland - moved to Canada - now stay in Aruba for 6 month of the year as we own a small self catering apartment hotel complex near Palm Beach and none of our guests have ever been approached - so far