We are here in Aruba on our annual trip (May 26th to June 4th). We love Aruba and have found it to be a very safe, fun island. That being said, we experienced a part of Aruba today that we wish we had not. Today, our jeep was broken into in the parking lot behind the bus station in broad daylight. The person stole over $2,000 worth of scuba gear. After speaking with the police (who do not appear to be competent or care for that matter), we learned that this is very typical for Oranjestad. We proceeded to drive around to locate our bag, offering a cash reward. We found a very impoverished, drug infested area that was literally one block from the Old Fisherman restaurant (where we had lunch while we were being robbed). I recognize that for the first time in 15 years of Caribbean travel that we became too comfortable in Aruba but nonetheless, in the middle of a well used parking lot in broad day light was not what we expected.
Beware to Aruba travelers.
May 29, 2012