So just so all understand, I am a pretty understanding, none prude mid-40's child of the 80's. None of what I am about to say is racists in any way.
We have been coming to this fine island for 6 years. We love our resort and we love the Arubans island. I am seeing a slow degredation in some aspects of the native youth (both black and white). What used to be the smell of weed in passing late at night years back has now turned into day time, in your face, smoking joints/pipes with no concern of consequence.
There is a group of about 4-6 young men that hang out between rental place in front of Surf Club, Hadicurari, the Hadicurari pier and Moomba's. Smoking, acting out, hollering at young ladies, banging on pier, etc. Joint or pipe in one hand, tossing football with other, or just haning, singing and oh yes - selling. Today was especially painful to watch as 4 of them where playing soccer and smoking all while a 5 year old was joining in with them kicking the ball.
I very much would like to react and surprised others haven't. Cops on ATVs are non-existant. Cops doing their circuit are infrequent and just drive out on beach and leave.
What I cannot know for sure is the relation between this group and some of the workers for the rental place in front of Surf Club. They at least seem to be friends, but not sure if they are also sometimes working. I would hate to think that and do not want to indicate that unless I knew for sure.
I will add to this a story that Bully shared with me in June. The hip/hop concert they had in June was filled with fights/drugs, etc and had to be stopped. This and I am hearing from other travelers that taxi drivers are offering drugs (weed) for sale.
This is certainly not a good trend and I am thinking of writing many to express concern. Marriott and the two establishements indicated above. They could do a better job of keeping them out of the area and the police/government need to get some foot police (or atv) in the area all day.
Anyone else have thoughts or experiences like this? I am just concerned of this growing beyond and ruining not only the Arubans beautiful island, but also our resorts/timeshares from an enjoyment, safety and value.
I love Aruba and feel we need speak up and help where possible with this growing thug/drug issue.