View Full Version : Metal detecting on the beach. OH YEAH!!

03-20-2009, 11:16 AM
Hi Guys!
My husband and I just returned from a 7 day stay in Aruba. Before we left, I asked this site about metal detecting on the beach. There wasn't much known about it.
I figured that a metal detector would keep my husband's eyes on the ground and not on the 20 year olds on the beach. this is a absolute TRUE story.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort & Casino. There, you must get up at 5:00 am (before light) to stand in line to reserve a cabanna. The beach is deserted at that time. My husband thought it was the ideal time to comb the beach and asked permission at the desk. He figured it was better than sitting in line for an hour at the towel hut.
I stayed in line and he wandered off with his wandthingee going "beep beep beep"
My husband returned an hour later with a funny look on his face. I thought
"Oh great, I spend $200 on a detector and he got nothing."
As it turned out, he had only 2 pockets on his swimsuit, and they were bulging! That boy dropped $27.75 in coins in my lap!
My husband also pulled out a ring with a stone in it. " I think I have to turn this in at the lost and found."
All those coins (Florins and quarters) paid fof breakfast that day.
The next day, there were 2 men pounding on our hotel door. It was the hotel manager and a older, very suntanned, Italian man.
As it turned out, the older man was on his honeymoon. His bride removed her ring to go swimming and dropped it in the sand somehow.
What my husband found was a 3.85 carrat white diamond in a platinum setting! With the manager as an interputer and amidd all the "Gracie, Gracie" Italian talk, the older man opened his wallet and forced 10 $100 bills into my husband's hands. They apologized for waking us and left.
Were we stupid or not? :doh: I don't know, but the reward will pay for the airfare next year.
I guess the rule is that you can metal detect on the beach as long as you don't bother the bathers and you fill any holes you make. As for the booty you find, well, that's up to you.
Where are we going next year? ARUBA! OH YEAH!! ;)

03-20-2009, 11:49 AM
WOW! What a story! :D

03-20-2009, 01:21 PM
pondladykim, great story...thanks for sharing

Andrea J.
03-20-2009, 01:30 PM


aruba here I come
03-20-2009, 03:29 PM
what a great story!!!

03-21-2009, 03:06 PM
Im getting one of those wandthingees for my next trip. Id return the ring also. Sentimental value is worth more than cash imo.

03-22-2009, 12:50 PM
wow...how cool is that...wonder if my Dh would find it fun to walk around the beach with a wandthingee !!!!!
Of course if he found money he would be tripping over his own two feet to get to the casino to "double it" !!!

Andrea J.
03-22-2009, 12:55 PM
i just ordered one for paul for an anniversary gift.


03-22-2009, 03:14 PM
Quite an amazing story! :D

03-22-2009, 03:41 PM
one question.....is this thing small enough to fit in luggage or does it come in pieces to be assembled upon arrival...have seen them on TV, but have no idea how to work with one.

03-25-2009, 12:01 PM
4 carats!!!!!! that's like 50k minimum! holy cow. just ordered my detector from amazon =) that's truly unbelievable.

03-25-2009, 12:56 PM
That is the best story I've heard on this board ever! Thank goodness for honest people like you!!

03-25-2009, 01:38 PM
Great find and story.

I have a metal detector but Mimi wouldn't let me take it along. :doh: I told her about this story and perhaps there's hope for next year.

Personally, I was extremely happy with the quantity of beach glass we found!

03-25-2009, 06:51 PM
What an great outcome~

Fish On
03-27-2009, 09:21 PM
Great story! My girlfriend has talked about wanting to try metal detecting for a while now and wanted to try it down there even. Then a couple of weeks ago I saw the thread asking about it, and she was even more excited. If I show her this story, then I'll have to get her a detecter for sure. :D

Good for you for doing the right thing.:)

03-29-2009, 12:18 AM
Great story. It is nice to see a nice deed goes rewarded. Hope you had a GREAT trip!

03-29-2009, 03:52 PM
I suggest you contact my mate Ed at Famhard@aol.com

He's a dealer on the west coast for Whites detectors (and others I think) and can (and will) happily advise you on the best detector for the beaches. I suspect he'll tell you to get a Whites DFX. You can also get decent used machines, and yes, they do come apart and will fit in a suitcase. Not sure about carry on though, you'd probably get stick from the securiity folks.

I know that when (some day) I manage to get to Aruba, I will be bringing my machine. In the meantime, I have to settle for the finds I get here in the UK.

Hope to meet you all (eventually) on the beach there.



03-30-2009, 05:25 PM
Greg, Thanks for the info, especially about being able to take it apart to pack in suitcase....told husband story and I think I have a convert !!!!

08-30-2009, 11:36 AM
The metal detector easily disassembled into parts that were about 18 inches long. We had to remove the batteries for the U.S Customs inspection before entering the plane. I guess that is the standard operating procedure for terrorist bomb protection. The detector is almost child- proof to operate; it beeps a tone to your headphones and you brush the sand away to look see. My husband found a lot of coins between the beach bar and the cabanna-umbrella tables. I have put in a order with him; a diamond tennis bracelet would be nice......haha.

08-31-2009, 02:44 PM
What a great idea - not only do you get exercise, but make money, and if you wear a hat and shades - can still check out the 20 year olds on the beach.......

I best be getting one of these for myself.......

Great story, with a great ending - well done.