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    Casa Del Mar Rental

    I own 4 weeks at Casa del Mar and rented my unit twice. Both times I was
    up front with the people that rented the unit mentioning all additional charges. The person you are renting from probably did not realize that those additional charges went up recently. What you were quoted sounds about right for last year. It I were renting from another individual I would never give out my credit card number. You were much better off wiring the funds to their bank account. My husband and I have been visiting Aruba several times a year for almost 34 years and know our way around the island very well. I don't post that often, but if you have any additional questions or advice, please send me a PM. Have a wonderful trip to Aruba.
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    The only good thing about paying by CC is if there is a problem you can contact Visa for help.

    Re porta crib: if you bring one from home then if your daughter needs a nap on the beach during the day you can bring it out. Also, if you rent one who knows how old it is?
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    I did pay via Visa and I feel okay with that. I don't think they are shady or anything. I think they probably didn't know the full fees charge to renters. I think that owners renting out their units should make sure they know all the fees and have correct info for the renters, IMO.
    As for the portacrib, I doubt I'll use it and won't bring one from home. My DD usually ends up in bed with me and since there's a king size bed, there's no problem there. I don't mind sleeping with her but she moves and kicks! I got a beach sunshade tent that's amazing. It just pops up and folds down into a flat smallish circle so I'll bring that for sure. What about water toys or float devices for the pool? Do they have any there?I am going to buy a weekly card for the internet. I'm not sure of cost but think that makes most sense. Thanks for the offer Karen, I may take you up on it. I apologize if I offended anyone here by saying I felt a little misled about the daily surcharges. I didn't mean it as an attack or slight on anyone. Nor is that person a member of this site. I am sure of that. Anyways, thanks for the feedback as usual guys. I processed it and am over it anyhow.

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    internet access cards can be as little as $35 and up per week.
    the sunshade thing that you speak of: the winds may cause it to blow away.
    can it be attached to something heavy?
    beach toys: best bet is bring some from home.


    Quote Originally Posted by amarg View Post
    I did pay via Visa and I feel okay with that. I don't think they are shady or anything. I think they probably didn't know the full fees charge to renters. I think that owners renting out their units should make sure they know all the fees and have correct info for the renters, IMO.
    As for the portacrib, I doubt I'll use it and won't bring one from home. My DD usually ends up in bed with me and since there's a king size bed, there's no problem there. I don't mind sleeping with her but she moves and kicks! I got a beach sunshade tent that's amazing. It just pops up and folds down into a flat smallish circle so I'll bring that for sure. What about water toys or float devices for the pool? Do they have any there?I am going to buy a weekly card for the internet. I'm not sure of cost but think that makes most sense. Thanks for the offer Karen, I may take you up on it. I apologize if I offended anyone here by saying I felt a little misled about the daily surcharges. I didn't mean it as an attack or slight on anyone. Nor is that person a member of this site. I am sure of that. Anyways, thanks for the feedback as usual guys. I processed it and am over it anyhow.

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    It has a bottom to it so when you sit on it, it's weighted. It's like a tent with a dome on half of it. It has mesh along the sides for air flow and breathing. Does that make sense? It does have bungee cords attached to it so you could put pegs on it and stick it in the dirt or attach weights to it. It's awesome. Unfortunately, despite being $20 more expensive, the one I wanted was sold out of every store in Toronto. That's a lot of stores. That one was similar but zipped up for privacy into a little room so you could change.

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    Can anyone thing of any other must haves for kids? Do I need lots of toys? We are bringing an umbrella stroller and I got an extra sunshade for it as the original canopy sucked to put it mildly. I was thinking my laptop and portable DVD player for distraction and practical purposes. The DVD player is really small so better for restaurants and outings. The laptop I need for general use and youtube and skype. High chair rented at resort. What else is a must have for kids?

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    Question about phone calls. If I bring my unlocked iPhone which can take any sim card, can I purchase a local card in Aruba and will my phone work there? I know that the sim card is ok to install but what about the network Iphones run on - 3G? Does it matter or will it be fine? Are iphones worldphones? I guess I could look it up and/or contact Apple but iI don't want them to know I jailbroke and unlocked my phone. I also can't seem to get skype, siphone or friendcaller to work on my iphone. Maybe I've configured them wrong. If you are techy and know what I'm talking about, help and private message me.

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    again, ANYTHING pegged into the sand and or dirt such as an UMBRELLA or mesh tent like thing, could very easily become airborne.

    re: your questions about toys and iphones, please use the search feature in the left hand column here. enter the word iphone and see what posts pop up.
    then, do the same with children's toys.

    Quote Originally Posted by amarg View Post
    It has a bottom to it so when you sit on it, it's weighted. It's like a tent with a dome on half of it. It has mesh along the sides for air flow and breathing. Does that make sense? It does have bungee cords attached to it so you could put pegs on it and stick it in the dirt or attach weights to it. It's awesome. Unfortunately, despite being $20 more expensive, the one I wanted was sold out of every store in Toronto. That's a lot of stores. That one was similar but zipped up for privacy into a little room so you could change.

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    When my kids were young we actually packed life jackets rather than floaties!! It is way safer and has the little strap on the collar which is good for grabbing. The life jacket was safer in the ocean especially. My kids used the life jackets until they were about 7 years old as it gave them and me far more independance. We are ocean people so they could swim around as could I without as much worry knowing they had a secure life jacket on rather than floaties. The pool is a different story when they are older. Our kids had no issue as that is how they were brought up. So many parents (and grandparents) saw the life jackets and wanted to get one for their kids.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by amarg View Post
    . my partner is not allowed to enter the US so we need a direct flight.
    Amarg, I don't mean to make you nervous but here is something to think about...
    When flying over US airspace one must be prepared that there are occasions that a flight will have to land in the US. This has never actually happened to us but to many of our friends. Once in Buffalo because the flight crew had reached their max. number of allowed flying hours, another in Miami due to mechanical, and another due to a medical emergency. There are thousands of reasons your plane could have to stop in the US!

    If your husband is not allowed to enter the US, if your flight has to land the airline must submit his name for clearance and if you need to stay over night (which can happen) you will have to clear customs and if his name is on a list then I really don't need to tell you what can happen?

    I am not a lawyer but perhaps you should consult one?
    Last edited by Randi; 07-26-2010 at 06:13 PM.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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