We just returned home to the U.S. after a beautiful stay in Aruba. Ten of us stayed in a very nice house in the neighborhood of Ponton. The only problem came on New Year's Eve/New Year's Day and I am curious if any of you have experienced this. Leading up to NYE many Arubians commented that we would randomly hear firecrackers (the rockets and "crackers" that people set off on the ground)- and we certainly did. Also, we had views of beautiful fireworks several times throughout the week. On NYE, it was constant. For example, we were at Moomba Beach in the afternoon and someone set off a full 3 minutes worth outside the Jolly Pirates registration desk. During a crowded party at Palm Beach someone set off a set near the party. All of this was just noisy/smokey/annoying until I returned home at 2am to Ponton. The neighbors were still setting off constant firecrackers until 4:30 am. They were so close to our house that the remnants of the crackers were littering our lawn and pool and drive way. My parents had stayed in to babysit my children and were too concerned about accidental fires to sleep. If this had happened at home - noise too late or setting off firecrackers too close to my house - I simply would have walked over to my neighbors and asked them to "cool it." But that didn't seem an option in this instance. My questions - were the firecrackers this constant and late all over the island? Neighborhoods and hotel areas? What time did it die down where you were?