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    Bills of $50 & $100

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm visiting Aruba soon and I was wondering if USD bills of 50 & 100 are accepted on Aruba nowadays. I've understood that shops/restaurants were reluctant to accept these bills.
    Any change nows?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omega View Post
    Hi Everyone,
    I'm visiting Aruba soon and I was wondering if USD bills of 50 & 100 are accepted on Aruba nowadays. I've understood that shops/restaurants were reluctant to accept these bills.
    Any change nows?

    Thanks in advance!
    Never had a problem with restaurants or casinos.... I imagine a $5 purchase someplace small wouldn't be very welcome... but probably accepted!

    AND...... Welcome to the forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Never had a problem with restaurants or casinos.... I imagine a $5 purchase someplace small wouldn't be very welcome... but probably accepted!

    AND...... Welcome to the forum!
    Thanks for your reply!!!!

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    It also depends on what type of tourist are here at the time!!!
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    I've never had problems but I also prefer to bring a variety of bills with me. I usually bring so many ones, fives, twenties and a couple fifties. I like the smaller bills for small purchases like ice coffee etc. and tipping.

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    Most of the cash I take to Aruba is $100s and $50s. Casinos have no issue. I charge just about everything and only pay cash at small shops, etc.

    Years ago there were frequent signs posted everywhere stating 50s and 100s are not accepted. I don't see those signs anymore. If you run into a problem, banks can make change and casinos will happily swap your bills for smaller denominations.

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    some gas stations will accept nothing larger than $20 bill.

    the valero station at the cruise port down town, we had some $50s and a bunch of $1sand $5s and loose change. the bill to fill was $40something. he refused the $50 and we ended ups scrounging together the exact change from the $1s, $5s and change. it was somewhat annoying as those $1s and $5s were earmarked for our travel home incidentals the next day.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    Most of the cash I take to Aruba is $100s and $50s. Casinos have no issue. I charge just about everything and only pay cash at small shops, etc.

    Years ago there were frequent signs posted everywhere stating 50s and 100s are not accepted. I don't see those signs anymore. If you run into a problem, banks can make change and casinos will happily swap your bills for smaller denominations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    some gas stations will accept nothing larger than $20 bill.

    the valero station at the cruise port down town, we had some $50s and a bunch of $1sand $5s and loose change. the bill to fill was $40something. he refused the $50 and we ended ups scrounging together the exact change from the $1s, $5s and change. it was somewhat annoying as those $1s and $5s were earmarked for our travel home incidentals the next day.
    I guess there are still some places that refuse the bigger bills. I'm glad you were able to manage the payment.

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    hahaha really.
    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    I guess there are still some places that refuse the bigger bills. I'm glad you were able to manage the payment.

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    We are on the island now and yesterday at the Harley shop they wouldn't take the old style hundred dollar bill. They run the bill through a machine to check it and it rejects the old style. Other than that we have had no problem and we do everything with cash, big bills.

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