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    Vendors on the beaches..... "A Rona Commentary"

    http://batibleki.visitaruba.com/8am-buzz/20635/

    Often i do not agree, but do always read and respect her opinions.

    Today, her comments re: the vendors on the beach are spot on (re: the rubber toys) and watersports.

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    She very adeptly describes what I call the bast_ _ rdization of Palm Beach. Walking as she did the other day, there is NOTHING to like about our once favorite beach. Her next commentary was on the chair vendors at Boca Catalina and Arashi selling palapas to the highest bidders. Out of control vendors are alive and well on Eagle Beach as well.
    As an outsider looking in, all the Aruban government cares about is lining their own pockets. As tourists we have no say in the government but we can surely vote with our wallets. For now I hope the Arubans are enjoying the dollars brought in by the U.S. tourists. I fear for the Arubans once travel to Cuba is opened to all US citizens.
    Our family may not travel to Cuba immediately but after this Christmas we WILL be looking at other islands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    She very adeptly describes what I call the bast_ _ rdization of Palm Beach. Walking as she did the other day, there is NOTHING to like about our once favorite beach. Her next commentary was on the chair vendors at Boca Catalina and Arashi selling palapas to the highest bidders. Out of control vendors are alive and well on Eagle Beach as well.
    As an outsider looking in, all the Aruban government cares about is lining their own pockets. As tourists we have no say in the government but we can surely vote with our wallets. For now I hope the Arubans are enjoying the dollars brought in by the U.S. tourists. I fear for the Arubans once travel to Cuba is opened to all US citizens.
    Our family may not travel to Cuba immediately but after this Christmas we WILL be looking at other islands.
    having been to Cuba several times, let me say it is not all its cracked up to be. Maybe in 5-10 years there will be good restaurants, decent food and toilets stocked with toilet paper. Some of the beaches are nice but the food is horrible and you can't eat the view

    i am sure it will improve with time but for now give me somewhere else

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    having been to Cuba several times, let me say it is not all its cracked up to be. Maybe in 5-10 years there will be good restaurants, decent food and toilets stocked with toilet paper. Some of the beaches are nice but the food is horrible and you can't eat the view

    i am sure it will improve with time but for now give me somewhere else
    And the weather is always a roll of the dice in Cuba. As it opens up to the US, costs will start to escalate as well.

    If the beach vendors start turning off tourists, you can bet your bottom dollar the government will start cracking down. Kick backs on trinkets won't compare to the potential loss of revenues generated by tourist tax dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    http://batibleki.visitaruba.com/8am-buzz/20635/

    Often i do not agree, but do always read and respect her opinions.

    Today, her comments re: the vendors on the beach are spot on (re: the rubber toys) and watersports.
    Well written...... some of these vendors and the trashy equipment they display can really be bothersome and an eyesore.... but as long as there is a market for the wares they rent and rides they provide they will continue to be there.

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    Just to be fair, I was on arashi beach for 17 days,8hours a day, nov/dec and I never saw them set up chairs under palapas nor charge to use a palapa

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    disclosure too...i was on boca catalina beach and arashi beach in May (ya 7 months ago) saw the vendors renting chairs but NOT renting the palapas. w were under one every day for FREE
    Quote Originally Posted by lucky View Post
    Just to be fair, I was on arashi beach for 17 days,8hours a day, nov/dec and I never saw them set up chairs under palapas nor charge to use a palapa

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    What she is describing is part of the reason we've elected to return to the Eagle Beach area after having spent quite a few vacations at Palm Beach resorts. They have the same things there as well, but much less noticeable and far more "spread out." We've been going to both areas since 1974, and have just decided to spend our days at places on Eagle Beach with occasional evening drives over to Palm Beach.

    Rhys

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    We were at Arashi Beach twice in the past few days. I noticed all the chairs but didn't pay much attention to the palapas. Yesterday with 3 cruise ships in port there were chairs and people under every palapa. The vendor's at the Amsterdam Manor set their renters up under palapas. If you are a guest of the hotel be sure to get your palapa before they arrive in the morning.

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    As for all the "vendors" at the beaches, I don't really have a problem with them because, so far, they are passive in their actions. We have been to Nassau and a few other Caribbean Islands where the beach vendors are very aggressive. That is one of the major reasons we go to Aruba. You can not relax on the beaches at Paradise Island or on Barbados because of all the beach bums walking around trying to force you to buy cigarettes, junk jewelry, fruit and so on, even drugs. It is not an enjoyable experience. You can not turn your back on your possessions either or they will disappear. So renting water craft or chairs is not a big deal to us. I do think the government should regulate what is being done though, especially if they are renting the palapas. According to the Aruban court, those are free to use everywhere.

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