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    Money Question

    Hello,
    I have seen several suggestions about money and how to deal with the form. I think I've settled on bringing Travler's cheques. I was wondering with the exchange is it better to have American or Aruba currency (sorry not sure what it is called)? I have seen some say that places have prices for both, but is it more advantageous to have one than the other? Also staying at the Hyatt? Anyone hear if I can bring liqour into the room...I know I cant use their mini fridge to store it, I was thinking of buying a cheap cooler.

    Thanks in advance,
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    I think I've settled on bringing Travler's cheques.
    Always a good plan - just don't forget to bring some cash as well.

    I was wondering with the exchange is it better to have American or Aruba currency (sorry not sure what it is called)? I have seen some say that places have prices for both, but is it more advantageous to have one than the other?


    Aruban currency is the Florin. The rate is pegged to the US Dollar. 1 AFL = 1.79 USD. I think it has been like that since the mid eighties or early nineties.

    In the tourist areas you will pay with USD and typically get your paper money change in USD and coins in AFL. Out of the tourist areas - they will always take your USD, but wont always have change. When this happens - keep an eye on the amount of change they give you. I typically keep a small amount of AFL on me when in Aruba just in case. I have never really had a problem when using USD. All the casinos I have been to use USD.



    Also staying at the Hyatt? Anyone hear if I can bring liqour into the room...I know I cant use their mini fridge to store it, I was thinking of buying a cheap cooler.

    A hotel isn't like a cruise (I am very anti-cruise) - you are free to bring food and booze in as much as you like. A few years back we stayed at the Marriott. I brought down one of the cheap collapsable Coors Light coolers that you sometimes get with a case of beer and filled it with ice daily and brough it down to the pool filled with beer. We saved a ton of money $1.50 beers vs. $6 beers. We made a lot of friends this way by giving away beers to people sitting near us!

    Don't mess with the mini-bars in the rooms. They have sensors that charge you when things move. Buy a cheap cooler at the supermarket or bring a collapsable one with you.



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    There is no reason to exchange money. You will find everthing in the hotels, restaurants, shops, casinos in the tourists areas in U.S. currency. A few Dutch owned restaurants such as Bingo! Cafe, Cafe Remembrandt, Que Pasa will have their menus prices in Aruban currency but also U.S. $'s. At the major supermarkets prices are in Afl. At the cashier register, they will convert into U.S. $. Taxi's and the bus are also in U.S.

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    Thanks

    Appreciate the quick response. You guys are great. US it is....

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    We always paid in US but towards the end of our trip we had enough Florin change we started to use it so we wouldn't have to bring it home.

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    >>> "you are free to bring food and booze in as much as you like"
    ----- Ditto. Even on the beach. Please don't use glass around the pool or beach.
    >>> "There is no reason to exchange money."
    ------ Cab and bus fares are in US $$ and casino bets are in US $$.
    Around most resorts prices are in US$$. If you charge stuff to your room that will be in US $$. I always bring a lot of coins(silver) and small US bills so always have the correct amount.
    Pennies are not used in Aruba so things are rounded to the .05.
    Most stores will have prices in US$$. Some bagel, subway, and donut places may have their prices posted but will accept US $$ and US silver coins. Really like their muffins in the mornings as make my own coffee in the unit.
    Last edited by TomFrederick; 03-02-2010 at 09:52 AM.

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    when paying for something in american dollar/cash, if there is change given sometimes that change will be in florins.
    Ex: lings grocery always customers florins as change. bring that change to the customer service counter and have it converted to $$

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    Great information. How readily accepted are check (debit) cards?

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    >>> "How readily accepted are check (debit) cards?"
    ----- DEBIT's very. Checks no but do not know how a check card works. Aruba will not usually accept US Checks as it takes too long to clear if its a paper check. Anyway would not use Debit except at your resort or a Bank ATM.
    Every so often on one of the many Aruban BB's you hear where a card is used and after that the person's # is used somewhere else. Yes, you protest and the $,$$$ is reversed since card not used but if its DEBIT card that comes right out of your checking. How long will your Debit people take to return your cash.
    Last edited by TomFrederick; 03-09-2010 at 02:25 PM.

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    We have stayed at the Hyatt a number of times - you can request a refrigerator to be put in your room when you arrive - they also have microwaves available.
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