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    Lisa, Thanks..Monday morning calling my bank to see what goes with my debit card...before I get to Aruba and chance something happening to it...
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    Amy: Good idea, why did I not think of that...in the future, each of the adults, (2), will carry a credit card in case one is lost of stolen. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edronenburg View Post
    Amy: Good idea, why did I not think of that...in the future, each of the adults, (2), will carry a credit card in case one is lost of stolen. Thanks

    It's always good to have a back-up just in case.

    One year while traveling to Aruba I pulled out my cc when picking up the rental car.....I (stupidly) had grabbed my ATM/debit card when packing and not my cc. I was glad hubby was there with his cc - and, of course, we had to use his cc to pay for the hotel as well (I don't normally carry a very high balance on my debit card so I would not have been able to pay for the hotel with it.) My hubby left the island a few days before me and I felt totally "lost" without the security of a cc even though I had plenty of cash and travelers checks on hand.

    So, two lessons learned:
    1. ALWAYS make sure I bring the correct card.
    2. It is a good idea to have a back-up cc with you.
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    Trav checks/ debit/ cash?

    What is the best form of money to bring to Aruba? Traveler's checks are kind of a pain, I hate to bring a load of cash, and since it is international, I guess there is an upcharge for credit cards.
    What do you all do?

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    All three, cash, check and credit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    All three, cash, check and credit.
    Us, too - a combo of cash, travelers checks, and credit card.

    We use the travelers checks on the island just like cash (we never cash them anywhere) - we use them for restaurant bills, bar tabs, grocery store, etc.

    Only use the credit card for the hotel and car rental (and sometimes an excursion we weren't planning on but decided to do at the last minute.)
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    We do the same as Amy stated...I use my travelers checks to pay for my hotel upon check out and my rental car....sometimes groceries as well....US dollars are accepted everywhere on the island so there is no problem. So places do give you change in Florins, but you can easily have that converted to dollars at the casinos or grocery stores..
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    >>> " there is an upcharge for credit cards"
    ----- Not all. Have used a Chase Visa Credit card for years in Aruba without any additional surcharges or out of country charges.
    Like above use a combination of cash, American Express Travel Checks and the credit card above. Most places post prices in US$$. Credit charges are run through their machines in US$$.
    Bring a lot of small US$ bills and coins for cab rides, bus fares, bagel and donut shops. Pennies are not used in Aruba as small cash items are rounded to the nearest .05. Would not use a debit card out of the country except at a bank ATM or your resort front desk to pay your bill.

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    As Tom stated, check with your individual credit card company to see if there are fees for use internationally. Also advise the company(s) that the card will be used in Aruba so that there are no holds placed on the card for suspicious activity. Do the same as well with your debit card also asking your bank if there are any penalties for loss or theft. You do not necessarily have the same protections with a debit card as you do with a credit card. It varies by bank.

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    Thanks all! My debit card is a credit card also, so no big deal there. I am getting worried about the weather, the forecast doen't look so good...

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