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    Junior Member SandyPreston's Avatar
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    Currency: US dollar vs. Aruba Florin

    We just arrived in Aruba last evening. We are wondering whether we should exchange some of our currency?

    We paid the taxi driver $22 US from the airport to our resort. And then another taxi $8 US to go to dinner. At dinner our bill was $210 in Aruba currency but $99 and change in US dollars. So, our taxi back to the resort we asked the price in US dollars and the driver said $9.

    So we are confused. :-) Should we exchange some currency and pay for our taxis in Aruba currency?

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    US currency is widely accepted everywhere in Aruba. We just use US dollars. Have never felt it necessary to do an exchange.

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    Enjoy your stay... hope you update us on your activities. We've never bothered the exchange for Florians.... and have never had a problem. Sooooo..... where are you staying and where was dinner....?

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    as the others have said, there is no need to exchange.

    most, if not all will accept us dollars.
    most will give the change back in us dollars.....some will give change back in florins.

    $1.00 = 1.75 florin

    since you are staying in the timeshare @ divi, i am guessing that you will have to do a bit of grocery shopping.
    that will be in florin, and when you pay in us dollars the change back you will receive will be in florins.
    go to customer service to exchange that change back to us dollars.


    Quote Originally Posted by SandyPreston View Post
    We just arrived in Aruba last evening. We are wondering whether we should exchange some of our currency?

    We paid the taxi driver $22 US from the airport to our resort. And then another taxi $8 US to go to dinner. At dinner our bill was $210 in Aruba currency but $99 and change in US dollars. So, our taxi back to the resort we asked the price in US dollars and the driver said $9.

    So we are confused. :-) Should we exchange some currency and pay for our taxis in Aruba currency?
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 06-12-2016 at 10:08 AM.

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    I agree about using USD. We find it easier to put most things on a credit card (restaurants, shopping, not taxis).

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    Just clarify the advertised price is in florins or US. Divide the florin amount in half and add 10%. That will get you close to the US converted amount.
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    Superfoods will ask you for your passport if you pay by card .It happened in the Chemist part last Thursday when I was in the que.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glynis View Post
    Superfoods will ask you for your passport if you pay by card .It happened in the Chemist part last Thursday when I was in the que.
    I've never been asked for a passport. I'd be out of luck if they did ask as I don't carry it around with me. I've been asked for a drivers license to verify my identity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    I've never been asked for a passport. I'd be out of luck if they did ask as I don't carry it around with me. I've been asked for a drivers license to verify my identity.
    Same experience here Andy. We always use cards and never have our passports on us. My husband does carry his drivers license so maybe they asked for ID, but not specifically your passport.
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    Correct they always ask for ID and I use my drivers license.

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