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Paige
01-20-2006, 02:48 PM
Hello all:
My husband works for Valero and may be transferred to the Aruba refinery in the next 3 months for a 3 year assignment.

We are in our late twenties, married, educated, etc. I've never been to Aruba. I am wondering about absolutely everything:

what is the cost of living? are there things for non tourists to do? What type of cable T.V. service is there in regular residences? Is there internet, or do you have to go to an internet cafe? How much does that cost? We love to cook as well as eat out. How are the grocery stores? How are the restaurants? How is the mail system? Slow? Regular? (We live on the east cost in the U.S.)...Will I have to buy lots of things online in terms of clothes, books, specialty makeup???

The list goes on and on and on....Sorry for the barrage of questions. :)
Any an all info would be greatly appreciated.

Paige from Delaware

BigPapa
01-20-2006, 05:04 PM
Paige - Everything you have asked is around here and other sites - www.visitaruba.com ----www.aruba-bb.com ... to name a few. Alot of people would love to be in your shoes.

I would think that you will Love it their, and want your hubby to stay longer. Best Wishs<BigPapa>

charles
01-20-2006, 05:28 PM
Paige,
I would suggest that you send me an e-mail with the full set of questions and concerns and I will try to handle as much of it as possible. Also, I woulod encourage youto repeat this posting every so often on different buletin boards and get the maximum exposure to your questions.
visitaruba.com is a good place to use as a second choice.

charles

Chris
01-20-2006, 06:23 PM
All I can say is: Congratulations !

I'll let the other experts reply officially to your questions.

You are fortunate and have a great time !

jess
01-20-2006, 09:25 PM
have a blast the only thing is the phone system otherwise computers,grocery stores buying on line why would you aruba has it all even gucci!dont worry its an upscale island its not poverty stricken like the dominican repub.casinos fab restaurants LING&SONS GREAT GROCERY its all good im envious,mostly everyone in aruba has a maid and a computer(ha ha )enjoy&bon bini

Teresa Ramirez
01-20-2006, 09:58 PM
Paige:
Don't worry, Aruba is not America, but we have everything, like big and small supermarkets,were you can buy American products, but also oriental, italian oils, pasta cheese etc. all kind of restaurants, our internet sistem is working from ten years ago, we have big an small hotels shopping malls, casinos, clothing, jewellery, shoe etc. etc. stores. We also have a Hospital,and some clinics, Schools, churches of any religion, We also have Banks, ATM machines, and cable and Direct Tv.
As a non tourist, you can go to the beach, and you can practice your favourite sport, we have tennis bands, we have Gymms, if you like reading we have a library, where you can get books in any language.
But coming for Valero you maybe living in there campus, I don't know, but there are quite a few of Americans living there so you will make friends and will not be bored.
I am sure you will be happy here and that you will enjoy your stay.
Good luck

Aruba Maven
01-20-2006, 10:15 PM
Hi Paige: That's actually kind of cool if your husband got transferred there temporarily. I can think of worse places to be transferred to!! First of all, Aruba is the nicest of all the Caribbean islands. The people are extremely friendly, crime rate is nil. The cost of living is definitely higher than here, but I am assuming he would be making the same amount of money he makes here which would be fine for there. They have satellite dishes so they get all the channels that we do here. They have internet service. I don't know prices on anything or any utilities. You may be hot at first and use the a/c a lot, but after a while you would love the island breeze and maybe not use the a/c as much. Grocery stores are a little more pricey than east coast. A good restaurant meal with a drink, appetizer, dinner and dessert runs approximately $100-$125. Just like here, there's cheaper places too. I don't know how the mail is. I'm on the east coast too in NJ. I definitely recommend buying a lot online especially if you're into certain brand of clothes and cosmetics because I can never find anything I use there! Maybe just perfume. Any other questions, feel free to ask. Best of luck to you, what a great experience!!!

douglas
01-20-2006, 11:29 PM
Congrats on your move! You will love aruba; too many questions for me; when you get there eat at Le Dome! Sunday Brunch is awesome...You may want to run to the bookstore and pick up a book on aruba living for all the information you will need.

cal
01-21-2006, 08:35 AM
Probably by the time you read my message you will receive several related ones. Anyway, if I were you, I'd rent and not make any permanent decisions as in the way of moving. Try Aruba on for size, you and your hubby. You both just may not like it at all on a 24/7, 365 days a year routine.
Vacationing in Aruba is one thing, but living there is a huge difference.
A good job elsewhere can be found with, as you mention educated mates. A good man and/or woman is much harder to find! All the best of luck to you both.

Ken
01-21-2006, 01:56 PM
One more thing...check out the medical facilities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David
01-21-2006, 03:01 PM
Page,

First let me say that I am way jealous!!

I don't know if you are coming from San Antonio (where I live) but the only draw back I can think of is that many things cost more in Aruba than in South Texas.

On the plus side, the people are great, they have virtually everything you could want and it will be a wonderful experience for you and your husband.

Nannette
01-21-2006, 06:02 PM
What's not to like , you will be there with your " Hubby ! " It's all what you make it and at your age , enjoy ! I would move there in a heartbeat !!!! Although hubby and I will be celebrating our 40th there !!! (anniversary that is ) Enjoy !!!

Arubarocks
01-21-2006, 07:41 PM
Congratulations to you and I am very jealous!! I would imagine you would be living with other Americans also working for Valero. They probably have housing set up. You will find all the comforts of home there like here, but you will be living in paradise 365 days a year for 3 years!!!!! As far as certain items you will have to rely on the internet. Aruba has Gucci and LaCoste, but not Coach or Louis Vuitton. If you're used to stores like Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus you won't find anything like that there. But you won't need that kind of stuff there anyway. If there is a favorite cosmetic you like you will have to get that via internet. They have all of the perfumes. Best of luck to you and your hubby.

Laura
01-21-2006, 08:48 PM
Hi Paige,

Aren't you a lucky lady??? I am from Delaware also and own timeshare on Aruba. They have everything you need and more. Most importantly to me, sunshine most days and beautiful beaches!! The people are beautiful. I am sure you will enjoy your time there. Keep your fingers crossed that your husband gets the assignment.

Pete
01-22-2006, 12:12 PM
Congratulations living in pardise.Almost as good as winning the lottery

bchbum
01-22-2006, 12:37 PM
unless your hubby is "high on the ladder" you'll be living in a trailor in the "colony" (at the refinary)or you may be lucky an get one of last few houses that that still owened by the oil co.been there done that only it was esso then

Paige
01-23-2006, 10:36 AM
Thank you very much for your reply. Your info was very helpful! Thanks for taking the time to respond.

I believe that we will be visiting within the next few weeks for several days to get the lay of the land, etc. I am really looking forward to it. So many people who have written to me have been so generous and kind! Seems as though finding friends won't be hard at all.

Thanks again,
Paige

Andrew Stanton
01-23-2006, 04:27 PM
Wow ... is Valero hiring any computer programmers to work in Aruba at this time? :D

Ed
01-27-2006, 02:30 PM
Hey Paige,
I am an Aruban, and I just completed my internship at Valero Aruba Refinery. Most probably you and your husband will get a house in "the colony", near the refinery, the refinery will fix that for you. (Almost)All the americans that come here to work in the refinery, get a house in the colony. You will love it there, the view from most of the houses are really beautiful, most of them overlooking rodgers beach and/ or baby beach. If you have any other questions, you can mail me, no problem! And Andrew, if you want a job at Valero, so you can move to Aruba, check out valero.com, and click on "work at valero". You never know, you might get lucky! I know that the IT department at the Aruba Refinery needs a LOT of help, so go ahead and try your luck! :D
See you araound, dude!
Take care Paige!
Ed

jamie
01-27-2006, 06:51 PM
hhmm...fishing for e-mail addys ??

Andrew Stanton
01-31-2006, 02:04 PM
Ed ... I just checked out the website and unfortunately they don't have any openings in Aruba for anyone in the computer field such as myself :(. Thanks for the heads up though.

rohan_sule
02-03-2007, 12:52 AM
hi Paige

even im moving to valero refinery for 3yrs. i m from india. lot of my douts got cleared beacuse of ur post "Moving to Aruba". thanks.

ArubaEngi
09-08-2008, 10:04 AM
Hey Paige,
I am an Aruban, and I just completed my internship at Valero Aruba Refinery. Most probably you and your husband will get a house in "the colony", near the refinery, the refinery will fix that for you. (Almost)All the americans that come here to work in the refinery, get a house in the colony. You will love it there, the view from most of the houses are really beautiful, most of them overlooking rodgers beach and/ or baby beach. If you have any other questions, you can mail me, no problem! And Andrew, if you want a job at Valero, so you can move to Aruba, check out valero.com, and click on "work at valero". You never know, you might get lucky! I know that the IT department at the Aruba Refinery needs a LOT of help, so go ahead and try your luck! :D
See you araound, dude!
Take care Paige!
Ed


Hallo
I will get a job in valero refinery in Aruba and i have some questions, can i have your email?
thanks
Diana

Arubalisa
09-08-2008, 10:12 AM
Hallo
I will get a job in valero refinery in Aruba and i have some questions, can i have your email?
thanks
Diana
Diana, you replied to a post from 01-27-2006. I am not sure that "Ed" will respond. You may wish to start a new thread with your specific questions.

dushi_carmen
09-18-2008, 08:30 PM
Hello this is me Carmen I would like to spend lot of time in aruba because I feel so happy when I go there,but I feel sad when it's time to say goodbye Happy life happy island .....If someone help me please I want to move to aruba soon and study Tourism
I know that I need some importants applications to stay there and study
I'm from Venezuela and I love my country but I need to stay far away the problems that we have here!!! politics and other so please help me to prepare all the application I need to move to Aruba....
Aruba is the best place for vacation or live.... I love aruban people
Ayo dushi....