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Andrea J.
09-26-2009, 09:38 PM
Aruba lovers.
Many of us have concerns as to what to do with our "stuff" when we go to the beach, snorkeling, off roading etc in Aruba. (cameras, ipods, wallets, sunglasses to name a few)

We had a discussion on this board in the earlier part of the summer and one of the things that was mentioned was about the " vacation vault".
They will be available to purchase or to rent within a few weeks. The first units for sale/rental should be on the island in a couple of weeks. Obviously with shipping, handling and local retail markup the price will appear to be a little higher in Aruba, but when taking into account shipping charges in the US and Canada, it evens out. The suggested Aruban retail is $38.50.

At present they are selecting key retail outlets to handle direct customer sales. In the interim, there is an email address for interested parties to get more info. All they need to do is email and brochure will be sent by pdf attachment. The email address is vaults@solpalmas.com (vaults@solpalmas.com) All inquiries will be answered.
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andrea

Bill
09-26-2009, 09:40 PM
:thumb:AWSOME:thumb::thumb::thumb:

Andrea J.
09-26-2009, 09:47 PM
they really are pretty awesome

they have a strong cable and one can lock up the belongings and secure it to a palayapa or lounge chair.

someone would have to be quite ingenious and blatently stupid to carry away a lounge chair or bringing strong bolt cutters.



it is a good investment

andrea



:thumb:AWSOME:thumb::thumb::thumb:

Eagle Beach Boy
09-27-2009, 06:16 AM
I have E-mailed them a week or so ago.

"The email address is vaults@solpalmas.com (vaults@solpalmas.com) All inquiries will be answered."

No reply as yet. :(

arubadreamin
09-27-2009, 09:27 AM
EBB

Thank you. We have found an emailing problem. A response was sent and has been sent again. Please email us back if you have not received the email

Tx

danadog56
09-27-2009, 11:45 AM
that would be great...how big are they andrea ??? could I get one before vacation in nov ???

Andrea J.
09-27-2009, 01:38 PM
The Vacation Vault is a sturdy ABS plastic safe with a 3 dial combo lock. Great for pool, dorm, home, RV, or anywhere you need portable safety for your valuables. A steel cable locks the safe to a fixed object. Use the built-in 14 inch steel cable to secure it to any fixed object.

* Dimensions 7.25"W x 7.50"H x 4.5"D * Weight 1.2 Pounds

danadog maybe you should email them and ask if they will be on island by the time you arrive.

i ordered mine online and by the time i paid shipping it was $39

see if they will be available for your trip and if so, why not pick it up down there and give the business to a forum member.

if not going to be available, then find your best deal online.

and mine.........i ordered it, looked at it, (threw in a few things to test it out my ipod, paul's ipod, my kodak easy share camera, a ring of keys and there was still room for a wad of HUNDRED dollar bills hahahahaha.)
dear son snatched the thing and said "wow this will be great for camping and off roading" the big fat sap that i am let him take it. he and becca will use it i am sure during their aruba honeymoon at christmas.

i suppose i will have to add the "vault" to my christmas list.
andrea

Sunny Beaches
09-27-2009, 06:02 PM
danadog, we've been using the vacation for a few years now, there great also will hold let's say 2 cells, 2 wallets, i=pod,kindle, keys,, cc, cash & more. They lock anywhere beach, casino, under car seat etc. When we order ours it arrived in less than 2 weeks, Vacation vault.com, they also sometimes have them on e-bay, but then you don't know they get mailed.

arubadreamin
09-27-2009, 06:28 PM
Hi danadog,

We do have some product on the island now. If you wish to purchase, let us know color. We will send you info on where to pick it up

cindyo
09-27-2009, 08:22 PM
Hi danadog,

We do have some product on the island now. If you wish to purchase, let us know color. We will send you info on where to pick it up

Where can I get one???? cindyo

Andrea J.
09-27-2009, 09:27 PM
one of our members arubadreamin has decided to take it upon himself (which is great) to bring a bunch of them to the island. i might add at great expense and highly speculative venture. he is in the process of making arrangements with local vendors and resorts to keep these things stocked for purchase. apparently there will be a rental program as well.

way back when (june or july) we had discussion on this board about these products and i think EBB made the suggestion that if someone on the island was selling, he'd be buying.


email for further info
andrea

vaults@solpalmas.com (vaults@solpalmas.com)

Where can I get one???? cindyo

DANNYO
09-28-2009, 06:57 PM
I received a number of emails from John which I believe has something to do with this company.He did say they were about $40 on Aruba but didn't say where to get them.Renting one is another choice.

sunworshipperII
09-28-2009, 07:11 PM
Me too....send email pleas

arubadreamin
09-28-2009, 10:41 PM
Ok all. Sorry about the delay. We had some bizarre email issues that have now been solved and the electrons are flowing again.

To clarify the situation. Vaults on the island will be available in about 2 weeks. The vaults will be available for either outright purchase or for rental. MSRP is $38.50. The rental rates will be set by the companies handling the rentals.

Please email the vaults@solpalmas.com if you are interested. You will definitely get responded to. We will have local retail information available shortly. This will be sent to you in an email.

Again thank you for your patience as we worked to correct the email problem

Andrea J.
09-28-2009, 10:52 PM
and here is the email note that i got 2 minutes prior to arubadreamin's posting.
andrea

We have been through hell and back with the particular ISP that the vaults@solpalmas.com (vaults@solpalmas.com) account uses. They started to block traffic that they suspected was spamming and nailed this account. Even their own techs couldn’t explain how it happened or why mail was not flowing. It is now fixed, as you can see from the account this email is being sent from.

I will make sure that any and all inquiries that have been sent will be dealt with in a timely and professional manner.

Andrea J.
09-28-2009, 10:53 PM
please post the retailers on this forum

andrea

Arubalisa
10-09-2009, 01:26 PM
Anyone purchase one yet? Where?

Sunny Beaches
10-09-2009, 04:28 PM
Lisa, wwwvacationvault.com, it will be there in less 2 weeks, if that long.

Sunny Beaches
10-09-2009, 04:31 PM
Sorry Lisa put a back / between www/vacationvault

trush
10-14-2009, 10:01 AM
Sounds like a great idea, instead of worrying if your "stuff" will be there when you come out of the water.

Shelly
10-14-2009, 08:07 PM
I bought mine from vacationvault.com over the summer after reading about it here. I have to say I think it was the best item I brought along with me. I secured it to the palapa every day and spent hours in the water with no worries. It's the best little thing! And it holds so much. Countless people asked me where I got it. After ordering it, it arrived in one week.

arubadreamin
11-20-2009, 04:13 PM
After a lot of planning and setting logistics in place, we are now operational on Aruba. There is inventory on the Island. For more info as to where to purchase etc. please visit www.vvcaribe.com (http://www.vvcaribe.com)

I post this as we have had many inquiries regarding local availability. Check back on the site from time to time as we are adding additional retailers

Regards

cindyo
11-20-2009, 11:06 PM
How about a store ? Everything listed looks as if it is a car rental place. If I don't get one I can't write about it...leaving 12/11

Sunny Beaches
11-21-2009, 12:25 AM
Cindyo, google vacation vault, if you want before you go amazon you will have within 1 week, been using this for at 2 + vaca's, they hold a lot, can lock them under seats,palapas,beach chairs,casino chairs etc. $30 per

Andrea J.
11-21-2009, 07:23 AM
cindy how about private messaging arubadreamin and seeing if you can purchase it online and they deliver to the renaissance? it would be kind of cool if the vacation vault were an article that was sold at every resort. heck, even a kiosk at the airport next to charles' fastphoones would be terrific.

andrea

QUOTE=cindyo;157870]How about a store ? Everything listed looks as if it is a car rental place. If I don't get one I can't write about it...leaving 12/11[/QUOTE]

Eagle Beach Boy
11-21-2009, 08:08 AM
When I go to the web site http://www.vvcaribe.com/ I do not see where it is available. Just who to contact.

Arubalisa
11-21-2009, 10:52 AM
When I go to the web site http://www.vvcaribe.com/ I do not see where it is available. Just who to contact.
http://www.vvcaribe.com/index_files/Page591.htm (http://www.vvcaribe.com/index_files/Page591.htm)


ARUBA: ArubaHappyRentals 297 592 0287
Amigo Car Rental 297 538 8833
Amigo (Airport) 297 588 3299
Value Car Rental 297 586 1709
297 586 3243
297 586 4188

Eagle Beach Boy
11-21-2009, 12:11 PM
Thanks. Was there a link on the home page?

Arubalisa
11-21-2009, 12:57 PM
Thanks. Was there a link on the home page?
Where to Buy or Rent ;)

>>from 37000 feet on Delta, isn't life grand?

damnyankeeuk
11-22-2009, 03:54 AM
Coming from the UK I think I'd rather rent one. Got a contact point I can use for next August?

Cheers,

arubadreamin
11-22-2009, 08:08 AM
The vaults can be rented from the places shown on the website www.vvcaribe.com ArubaHappyRentals is charging 3$/day I suggest you contact them ahead of time to reserve one. Their email is info@arubahappyrentals.com

Eagle Beach Boy
11-22-2009, 08:27 AM
or go to http://www.vvcaribe.com/index_files/Page591.htm as there is not a link on the web page to it.

cindyo
11-22-2009, 11:59 AM
I am dieing to get my hands on one for my upcoming ( God willing) trip !!!

Sunny Beaches
11-22-2009, 05:11 PM
cindyo, http://vacationvault.com, will be there in less than 2 weeks.

DiviAruba
11-25-2009, 06:41 PM
Just wondering if it is hard plastic or is it bendable? Wondering for packing issues.

Sunny Beaches
11-27-2009, 11:55 AM
DiviAruba, it is hard plastic, we put things in it such as lotion as we pack our check-in.

aquaman
11-27-2009, 12:49 PM
Diviaruba,

This web page shows the Vacation Vault in some detail. Hope it helps:

http://www.vvcaribe.com/index_files/Page1050.htm

Aquaman

cukiecutr
11-27-2009, 01:11 PM
I just went to the website. www.vacationvault.com (http://www.vacationvault.com). These are great. I am definitely getting one. Last year we rented a car so we had the truck to put things in.....next summer we will go for the jeep with thise great gadget! Now all I need to decide.......what color???

mjn109
11-27-2009, 08:12 PM
I bought one for my parents for Christmas...wish I got one for myself too!;)

miesk5
11-30-2009, 09:41 AM
We suggest that everyone consider the vault or anything that you can Lock to the palapa. During our vacay 2 weeks ago while I was in the water (2 hours), a person walked over and grabbed my chair; untied my beach bag from the palapa; took out my only water container; took 3 of our towels (my wife had just taken our grandson back to the rest room) and left the bag in the sand behind the palapa.
When she came back, she saw him sitting next to her chair in my chair (I had my hat velcroed to the chair); he said it was "his" chair, his palapa and that the bag belonged to one of his "friends".
My wife came to the surf and called me back to the palapa... this person insisted it was his chair, his towels, his palapa, etc.
He came up with 3 diff versions of why it was "his"palapa, etc. ...
Later, the security guards spoke to him and he moved-on to the next palapa and sat there; took 2 towels... ad nauseum...
Later, he confronted a family member and went through the circle j.. story lines & made a mindless threat that he would look for us the next day and make sure he took our towels.

The La Cabana folks were good people and settled the towel issues for the us.

Andrea J.
12-11-2009, 05:14 PM
i just got this info today

It is now official that the Vaults are in stores as of today. The 2 main retail outlets are:

Lazy Lizard, next to Hard Rock Café and Juggling Fish at Playa Linda.

We have stocked inventory on the island. On Dec 9th, Costa Linda Beach Resort announced their Vacation Vault program on the owners Board. They are renting them at their towel hut and also selling them.

This product is meeting with excellent reception. In just over the past 12 months, some 25,000 have shipped. Seems that with increases petty theft of cameras, ipods, etc at beach resorts all throughout the Caribbean the timing for this product was right on.

We are presently developing an online order system for the www.vvcaribe.com site for people who wish to purchase before travellling

Andrea J.
12-20-2009, 11:06 PM
remember that the VACATION VAULTS are now available to buy while on island.
Purchase at
Juggling Fish at Playa Linda
or
Lazy Lizard near Hard Rock.

andrea

cindyo
12-22-2009, 09:02 AM
GOT ONE !! Used it at the Surf club at the lazy river and again on the beach at the Wstin. Felt very safe with it. Will post pics when I get thru this ton of laundry...
Go to Lazy Lizard to purchase. They had several colors avail when I was there...49.99...worth the piece of mind !! Fit my camera, wallet, room key, rob's wallet and kids loose $$...

aquaman
12-23-2009, 09:15 AM
Hi Cindy I am pleased you received the V V and find it useful. I am on island at present and will speak to the retailer involved as the price is too high. Please PM me and I will link up with you.

Aquaman

Arubalisa
01-06-2010, 05:40 PM
http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/8953-winter-2010_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=1066&c=3)

in this photo

the following things are IN it

2 kodak ezshare cameras
1 ipod nano
2 cell phones
2 sets house keys
1 6 oz tube hand cream
1 pen
and a wallet
if i reorganize it, i can surely get more in.

Andrea J.
01-06-2010, 05:46 PM
i have to thank lisa for posting the photo of the vacation vault

i am still battling 2010 stupidity


i LOVE the vacation vault

Andrea J.
01-06-2010, 05:49 PM
and i thought of something else to go in it!
the key for the IN ROOM SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES

how many of us lock up our stuff in the room safe and then wonder "where to hide the key?"
put the key in the vacation vault!

lrealnurse
05-27-2010, 09:29 AM
Good morning,
if anyone is looking for the vacation vault, I just bought one from Ebay. It was not an aution it was a "buy now" brand new, four available, all colors available. the cost was 28.95 + 5.35 s/h for a total of $34.30, cheapest I have seen. The vault is from an excellent seller.

Lisa:)

sunworshipperII
05-28-2010, 10:42 PM
Love mine used it last year...was terrific...bought it on line

SuperBunches
05-29-2010, 09:38 AM
Thank you, Lisa! I was just thinking that I need to get my order in soon. I will check it out!!!

Deb (another real nurse!)

TravelDuff
05-30-2010, 08:44 AM
I am discussing the vacation vault with my DH as we talk about our upcoming trip to Aruba. He is questioning if this is an overall safety problem. Is it the locals? Is it the visitors? Why can't you just lock your stuff in the in room safe? Besides your stuff - is it safe to let my teen girls walk around our hotel complex without an adult?

cindyo
05-30-2010, 10:04 AM
I am discussing the vacation vault with my DH as we talk about our upcoming trip to Aruba. He is questioning if this is an overall safety problem. Is it the locals? Is it the visitors? Why can't you just lock your stuff in the in room safe? Besides your stuff - is it safe to let my teen girls walk around our hotel complex without an adult?

Vacation vault works great for room keys, camera, phones pool side. They lock onto the chair or what ever you choose. You can lock anything you want in your safe, its the beach chairs you don't want to leave stuff around on.
Where are you staying? We can better answer your question as to teens walking around if we know that. Generally high rise area is fine, late at nite walking on the beach itself isn't. Most teens roam freely around resorts daily, and walk the mall areas at nite.

Andrea J.
05-30-2010, 11:35 AM
there is no overall safety problem in aruba.
tbs, we always tell everyone to be proactive.
use your in room safes.
use something like a vacation vault when at the pool or beach.
when renting a car, do not leave valuables in sight while parked and car is unoccupied.

do everything in aruba as you would at home.

the words are........ cautiously proactive.

and in answer to your question about your teen girls............yes.


I am discussing the vacation vault with my DH as we talk about our upcoming trip to Aruba. He is questioning if this is an overall safety problem. Is it the locals? Is it the visitors? Why can't you just lock your stuff in the in room safe? Besides your stuff - is it safe to let my teen girls walk around our hotel complex without an adult?

Arubalisa
05-30-2010, 11:51 AM
Our last few trips with a child have been to the Tamarijn. The Tamarijn is spread out over an area of nearly a half mile long. Our 13 yo dd is permitted to roam freely as long as we have an idea of what area she is going to be in. At night she is only permitted to "hang out" at the conversation pit (wide screen TV area) and billiards table area of the lobby. No need for her to be anywhere else at night.

TravelDuff
05-30-2010, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the info. I am typically over cautious so I will be ordering the vacation vault. The clincher for me was the comment about "where do you put your in room safe key" , makes sense.

We will be staying at the Tam. I would like to give the girls (and myself) a little freedom. They are 14 and 16 but I tend to worry a bit too much. Gee - do you think I need a vacation?

divirick
05-30-2010, 01:11 PM
Used it this last trip.(see Aruba bb trip report}it is well worth the purchase. We in the water or to the bar and did'nt have to worry about theft. I believe that most thefts that occur in the beach area are not locals, but guest. Just my opinion.:(

lrealnurse
05-30-2010, 03:09 PM
Hi Deb,
nice to meet you. I got my vacation vault as stated in my eamil from Ebay, received it within 3 days, that was fast and the s/h was cheap. It is brand new exactly what the ad stated, the valut is large enough to fit all types of stuff.

Lisa




Thank you, Lisa! I was just thinking that I need to get my order in soon. I will check it out!!!

Deb (another real nurse!)

TravelDuff
05-31-2010, 08:20 AM
I ordered my vacation vault - $31.45 including shipping - great deal I think! Amazon. I'm anxious to see what will fit in it - I can't believe ArubaLisa fit all that she did, it doesn't look that big. It must be like Mary Poppins bag! :)

Andrea J.
05-31-2010, 08:50 AM
re: the room safe key hahahaha that was always a big conversation my husband and i would have. typically we have cash, trav checks and ipods, cameras in the room safe "which is safe". so, the stuff is in the safe and there is my husband standing there with the key and says "where do i hide this in the room?"

we now keep the safe key with us in the vacation vault so no more hiding places in the room ;)

i think too that YOU as a parent cannot be over cautious.
being cautious to 2 teen girls is a good thing.
then, there are helicopter parents that continue being cautious and a bit over the top.

trust caution communication

enjoy your holiday on island


Thanks for the info. I am typically over cautious so I will be ordering the vacation vault. The clincher for me was the comment about "where do you put your in room safe key" , makes sense.

We will be staying at the Tam. I would like to give the girls (and myself) a little freedom. They are 14 and 16 but I tend to worry a bit too much. Gee - do you think I need a vacation?

Arubalisa
05-31-2010, 09:55 AM
We will be staying at the Tam. I would like to give the girls (and myself) a little freedom. They are 14 and 16 but I tend to worry a bit too much. Gee - do you think I need a vacation?
If you wanted to give the girls "borders" other than the entire resort you can restrict them to something like the game room to the Bunker Bar. Map of the Resort (http://www.arubabound.com/accommo/tamarijn_map.htm)

Knowing now you have two teens, they will spend the majority of their time at the beach, pool, pizza bar and the night time spot I mentioned previously. This will keep them VERY busy. ;) :)

~Amy~®
05-31-2010, 10:28 AM
re: the room safe key hahahaha that was always a big conversation my husband and i would have. typically we have cash, trav checks and ipods, cameras in the room safe "which is safe". so, the stuff is in the safe and there is my husband standing there with the key and says "where do i hide this in the room?"

we now keep the safe key with us in the vacation vault so no more hiding places in the room ;)



We used to that, too, with the safe key...where to hide, where to hide? LOL!!

Amsterdam Manor got electronic safes a few years ago so that has solved our problem since now we just create our own code for the safe. I would think more of the hotels would be getting the electronic safes when they do room upgrades, too. Seems like everywhere we travel in the U.S., the hotels all have electronic safes now.

We're looking at some of the PacSafe products for an upcoming trip to Paris this summer - the apt. we rented does not have a safe so we need to bring one of our own. http://www.pacsafe.com/www/index.php

Arubalisa
05-31-2010, 10:33 AM
I forgot, just as a point of information, the Tamarijn' safe key in on a chain. My Dad wears his around his neck except when swimming.

divirick
05-31-2010, 10:50 AM
A great vacation gadget, used it everyday this last trip. Never worried while in the water, or at the bar, it held a camera, 2 ipods, keys, money, and room card keys, with plenty of room for more storage.

divirick
05-31-2010, 10:55 AM
Great buy, used it everyday with no fear of theft. (unless someone cut down my palapa). It held two ipods, camera, keys, money, with room for more items. Never worried while at the bar or the ocean/pool.:doh:

Arubalisa
05-31-2010, 10:59 AM
I still wish it were large enough to hold a dslr camera. :( :( :(
It just does not make any sense for dh and I to put everything in V.V. for safety and not be able to lock up the camera, our most expensive item to protect.

sunnysmiles
05-31-2010, 06:11 PM
I still wish it were large enough to hold a dslr camera. :( :( :(
It just does not make any sense for dh and I to put everything in V.V. for safety and not be able to lock up the camera, our most expensive item to protect.
I was wondering if a dslr would fit. Would it if you took the lens off and put them side by side? I know that's a pain, especially on the beach!:(

Arubalisa
05-31-2010, 07:32 PM
I was wondering if a dslr would fit. Would it if you took the lens off and put them side by side? I know that's a pain, especially on the beach!:(
Dimensions: 7.25" (W) x 7.50" (H) x 4.5" (D)

I measured my camera and even apart side by side the vault is not quite high enough.

pratoman
05-31-2010, 09:01 PM
I called them, it is NOT big enough to hold a Kindle. My wife reads on the beach all day long and I bought her a kindle so she wouldnt have to lug 12 books with her. Any ideas? Going end July, first week August

cindyo
06-01-2010, 01:08 PM
I called them, it is NOT big enough to hold a Kindle. My wife reads on the beach all day long and I bought her a kindle so she wouldnt have to lug 12 books with her. Any ideas? Going end July, first week August

put the kindlle in another bag that has a zipper pull on it. The cable of the vault will fit thru the zipper pull, lock it that way.
I used a small LLBean tote with zipper, I wrapped it around the chair tubing, and then wrapped it around and thur the handles. I know this sounds like a lot of work, however, it worked for me with other things....

Arubalisa
06-01-2010, 02:16 PM
put the kindlle in another bag that has a zipper pull on it. The cable of the vault will fit thru the zipper pull, lock it that way.
I used a small LLBean tote with zipper, I wrapped it around the chair tubing, and then wrapped it around and thur the handles. I know this sounds like a lot of work, however, it worked for me with other things....
Just thinking out loud here...
My Mom had the back of a tote slashed by someone in Italy.
THIS while the bag was on her SHOULDER. :eek:
Needless to say for their "hard work" :rolleyes: :mad: they did manage to get her wallet and eyeglasses.

Andrea J.
06-01-2010, 02:46 PM
http://www.pacsafe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=116

this in conjunction with a coated cable and lock would be IDEAL as something larger than a vacation vault. cable it to a palaypa just as you would the vacation vault.
certainly not inexpensive.
so if you have disposable $$ (ya that is an oxymoron isnt it) i would say this would be ideal.
slash proof and able to feed the cable thru. and lock with your own small padlock.

all these things do is prevent snatch and grabs.
the vacation vault and something like securing this pacsafe thing ONLY prevent FAST SNATCH AND GRABS.
most petty thieves will not linger at your palapa waiting to be spotted cutting thru cables and prying vault open.

Arubalisa
06-01-2010, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the link Andrea. The bag is practically indentical to the camera bag I carry now.

I cannot say the words I want to say :censored: in order to express my sadness in having to resort to all of these security measures just to enjoy a day on the beach. :(

TravelDuff
06-03-2010, 06:41 AM
Well I got my vacation vault YESTERDAY - boy that was fast! I expected it to be much larger from the picture and the aqua color is not as shown online. But - it looks like great construction, the color is just fine for me and I think the size is very deceptive and we will be able to fit all the necessities in it. Although I don't have a kindle - it definitely won't fit in it. Vacation vault, Bully reserved, almost ready to go!

Andrea J.
06-03-2010, 06:53 AM
Dimensions: 7.25" (W) x 7.50" (H) x 4.5" (D)
i am sorry to hear that your vacation vault did not meet your expectations.

it is good construction though, and the stuff that you will be able to cram in it will make it very worthwhile.

i have the yellow one, which is pretty bright to say the least.

enjoy it.



Well I got my vacation vault YESTERDAY - boy that was fast! I expected it to be much larger from the picture and the aqua color is not as shown online. But - it looks like great construction, the color is just fine for me and I think the size is very deceptive and we will be able to fit all the necessities in it. Although I don't have a kindle - it definitely won't fit in it. Vacation vault, Bully reserved, almost ready to go!

TravelDuff
06-03-2010, 07:29 AM
I'm not saying I'm displeased with it though. I think it will work out great and actually the size will be better when I need to pack it or carry it in a bag. Thanks to all of you for the suggestion to buy it. I think it will definitely give me piece of mind knowing that somebody won't just walk by and grab my beach bag. Whereever I go. And having a daughter going off to college in another year, this may just be the perfect thing for dorm life!
Just thought of another use - summer camp to keep that Ipod touch and cellphone safe. I think this little gadget will get a lot of use!

pratoman
06-05-2010, 10:53 PM
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Thank you for this Andrea, I have contacted the company and asked regarding the size. I might spring for it if i can't find something as good but cheaper locally.

8 weeks to d-day, can't wait

Shelly
06-06-2010, 09:15 AM
And having a daughter going off to college in another year, this may just be the perfect thing for dorm life!
Just thought of another use - summer camp to keep that Ipod touch and cellphone safe. I think this little gadget will get a lot of use!

I absolutely love my vacation vault and use it every day while in Aruba, or any beach for that matter. I too bought one for my daughter in college to use in her dorm.

Captmorgnsgrl
06-13-2010, 02:36 AM
I read this thread last Wednesday the 9th and ordered my Vacation Vault on ebay late Wednesday night. It arrived today, the 12th and just in time before I leave on Vacation. I paid $28.90 including shipping. I thought about waiting till I arrive on Aruba to go and purchase one but I didn't want to waste time shopping instead of being on the beach :) I am very pleased with it and think it will fit the bill. I can put my mp3 player, cell phone, money, room key card and camera in it perfectly. So glad I read the thread.

TravelDuff
07-09-2010, 05:57 PM
Just an update on my vacation vault. It worked out fine for us - BUT - it does NOT fit around the palapa at the Divi AI. I just kept it in my beach bag and looped the cord around my bag handle and the chair rung. I felt that this would still deter the walk by snatch and grab. You really couldn't even see it. So in the end they would have to carry the lounge chair away too. That would be a funny sight....I think we still have many more uses for it in the future. summer camp, dorm life, etc.

Andrea J.
07-09-2010, 05:59 PM
wow those center posts of the palapa must be thick. the cord is about 6".


Just an update on my vacation vault. It worked out fine for us - BUT - it does NOT fit around the palapa at the Divi AI. I just kept it in my beach bag and looped the cord around my bag handle and the chair rung. I felt that this would still deter the walk by snatch and grab. You really couldn't even see it. So in the end they would have to carry the lounge chair away too. That would be a funny sight....I think we still have many more uses for it in the future. summer camp, dorm life, etc.

Windy
07-10-2010, 07:55 AM
When mine arrivedI thought it was smaller than expected! I put this in an earlier post, but thought it might be helpful here!

re: our Vacation Vault from The Beach Cabana -- the web site measurements are taken on the outside --
The inside dimensions are 6 7/8" wide at the top, 5" wide at the bottom, 3 1/8" deep, 6" tall (plus 1+" inside lid).

TravelDuff
07-10-2010, 08:48 AM
Andrea, I didn't measure but where we sat they were pretty wide around. AAhhhh I miss it already. I think ArubaLisa is right and we need to start planning again!

Andrea J.
07-10-2010, 09:04 AM
now, they need vacation vault extensions!!



Andrea, I didn't measure but where we sat they were pretty wide around. AAhhhh I miss it already. I think ArubaLisa is right and we need to start planning again!

Arubalisa
07-10-2010, 01:12 PM
now, they need vacation vault extensions!!
So two requests for the VV II
Large enough to fit a A single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and extension as Andrea mentioned. ;) :)

Ples
08-25-2010, 09:55 AM
Will I need something like this for Divi? I can't remember what we did with our room keys last time. All our valuable stuff will just stay in the hotel room but I'm wondering about our keys while we're swimming.

GHM
08-25-2010, 10:05 AM
I would recommend something like this if you intend to leave anything while out and about. I had a backpack stolen last week while I was snorkelling at Mangel Halto. Luckily the bag did not contain much of value, but the strap was obviously deliberately cut with a knife or sharp implement, as I had left it padlocked to the bicycle with which I had cycled to MH from the Tam. Hence, a Vacation Vault, or similar, would still have been attached to the bike when I returned.

However, this did not spoil the holiday - it was more of an inconvenience really as the backpack only contained a few dollars (for drink/snack at MH supermarket), bottled water, and sunscreen. However, it did mean cycling back to the Tam with no water, no sunscreen, and having to carry all my gear (luckily towel, shirt, hat, sunglasses not in backpack) under my arm whilst negotiating the 1A.

You live and learn.

Andrea J.
08-25-2010, 10:08 AM
it is a crapshoot as to whether you need it or not.

of 33 trips to aruba we never had an issue with leaving our stuff in a beach bag tied to a palapa or tied to a lounge chair.

we all would love to believe that everyone on aruba, tourists and residents, are honest lovely law abiding folks............unfortunately what we would love to believe is not reality.

we used our vacation vault during the last 2 trips religiously for our keys, ipods and few dollars and digital camera.
peace of mind is worth it to paul and me.

xobxdoc
08-25-2010, 10:47 AM
I use a vacation vault around the pool and beach at LaCabana but I would definitely not use it at a place like Magel Halta. It is not secure enough. You can't even safely store valuables in a locked car there. The vacation vault is a deterrent at best.

Ples
08-25-2010, 02:07 PM
I'm really not worried about anything but our room key. Can we swim with our Divi room keys or do we need to keep them dry? How much does it cost if we lose our key?

Andrea J.
08-25-2010, 04:00 PM
u will have to ask divi the key policy/lost key.
the only thing that seems to affect the room keys magnetic strips is a magnet and a cell phone.
we have gotten our lacabana, aruba beach club and casa del mar keys wet.........and the keys continued to work.

dogwriter
08-25-2010, 04:45 PM
I keep that small stuff in a water wallet. Holds room key and a few dollars. Snaps closed and goes into a pocket or with lanyard, around the neck. I have a couple of sizes but prefer the narrow one.
Walt

Arubalisa
08-25-2010, 05:19 PM
Do men's bathing suits have inside secure pockets or just my dh's suits? :confused: His favorite suits have a pocket just large enough to fit the key and he has Speedo suits which actually have an attached inside water proof wallet.

Andrea J.
08-25-2010, 05:30 PM
paul has speedo trunks with an inside pocket/wallet thingy but it is not waterproof.
maybe it was supposed to be waterproof at one point, but currently it is not.
that suit also has an outside pocket with a velcro closure.

sunworshipperII
08-25-2010, 09:02 PM
The water wallets are good to keep on you can put in a pocket or wear around your neck..keeps money and room key dry... I still love my Vacation vault for everything else. IPods, cameras, glasses etc....rather than just leaving in in a beach bag... sorry I don't trust anyone..

Shelly
11-17-2010, 08:09 PM
I just found the vacation vault at Home Depot for $19.99! They have 8 colors, and I think
it's only available online. But that's a great price!!

hatteras
11-21-2010, 03:46 PM
We just bought a vacation vault from the cabana store. They had many colors to choose from. We used it last week while we were on a cruise. We were able to fit our small camcorder and my travel wallet it in. We really liked being able to lock it around the chair, and walk anywhere around the beach without having to check on our things. I wish it was a little bigger, but it worked well for us. We will take it with us from now on.

bug18
04-03-2011, 07:52 PM
Do you know if the kindle will fit in the vacation vault?

corona
04-03-2011, 10:45 PM
bug18, I have the Kindle 2, and it doesn't fit.

bug18
04-04-2011, 03:34 PM
corona -- thanks I also have the kindle 2 so at least I know. It would have been nice if it did but oh well.

corona
04-04-2011, 03:47 PM
One thing I did, bug, was to put my Kindle in my zippered beach bag and then secured the straps of my bag to my palapa with the VV. I know our things are generally safe on the beach, and I've seen very few reported problems. I figure most thefts in the area grab and runs, so I felt very confident leaving my Kindle (which I'm very attached to) in my bag when I was away from my chair.

Andrea J.
04-04-2011, 05:03 PM
exactly right corona.
the snatch and grabber would NOT be successful grabbing your stuff.
the thief would be standing there trying to "undo", thus eliminating snatch/grab/run.

you, like paul and i make a knotted configuration of beach bag and then weave the VV cable thru it. we are comfortable knowing our stuff is safe as we are bopping around the ocean or in the pool.

i advise folks to make certain that the kindle and stuff are attached to something that is secure (a palapa).





One thing I did, bug, was to put my Kindle in my zippered beach bag and then secured the straps of my bag to my palapa with the VV. I know our things are generally safe on the beach, and I've seen very few reported problems. I figure most thefts in the area grab and runs, so I felt very confident leaving my Kindle (which I'm very attached to) in my bag when I was away from my chair.

stinky2
04-07-2011, 11:12 AM
We have ordered one for our upcoming trip . I'm really glad I discovered it on this forum. We also go camping, and it will be useful then too.

MarcioCampos
11-08-2011, 09:06 AM
Just bringing the thread back to life -- I had never heard of the Vacation Vault before and I'm glad to have found information on it here since my fiancee and I were concerned about where to leave stuff while in the water. Apparently my Sony H50 camera fits inside the Vacation Vault so all we need to do is choose a color :cool:

Looks like www.vvcaribe.com (http://www.vvcaribe.com) isn't working. Unfortunately no eBay vendor ships Vaults to Brazil, just like Amazon.com; fortunately www.vacationvault.com (http://www.vacationvault.com) ships to Brazil, but shipping charges are higher than the product price itself :eek:. I will try to find some friends who may want to buy Vaults too, so we can share the shipping costs :D

All the best from Brazil

Marcio

Andrea J.
11-08-2011, 09:10 AM
a couple of the gift shops at resorts on aruba sell the vacation vault.

if the shipping to brazil is overly expensive, then buying a vacation vault on aruba at one of the stores might be an option.

when are you going to aruba?

Steph853
11-08-2011, 09:26 AM
I just bought one on Amazon.com..I think the only color was black...

MarcioCampos
11-08-2011, 09:29 AM
a couple of the gift shops at resorts on aruba sell the vacation vault.

if the shipping to brazil is overly expensive, then buying a vacation vault on aruba at one of the stores might be an option.

when are you going to aruba?

In 6 months (May 2012). The good thing of early trip planning is that it gives me lots of time to see if an eBay vendor starts shipping to Brazil with decent rates, or finding friends who get interested in the Vaults too.

I read the whole thread and someone mentioned a shop at the airport that sells the Vaults -- that could be an option since it's a place we can't avoid (as someone already said, it would be awful to lose beach time looking for a store in town :D).

All the best from Brazil

Marcio

Arubalisa
11-08-2011, 11:38 AM
Apparently my Sony H50 camera fits inside the Vacation Vault so all we need to do is choose a color :cool:Make sure you compare the dimensions of the camera very closely. The vacation vault interior is only 7'' High x 6'' Wide x 4'' Deep vs camera dimensions: 3.2 x 3.4 x 4.6 inches. Not sure it is going to be deep enough but I could be wrong. :confused:

MarcioCampos
12-30-2011, 02:55 PM
An update -- I just ordered a Vacation Vault to be delivered at the hotel where a friend of mine is going to stay in the US, so this issue is solved :D I may put my hands on it in mid January, when my friend returns.

All the best from Brazil

Marcio

MarcioCampos
01-26-2012, 12:15 PM
Another update: got my Vacation Vault yesterday. unfortunately my Sony H50 doesn't fit inside it. Bummer :doh:

But Monty Python advises us to always look at the bright side of life :D. Except for being smaller than I would have hoped it to be, the VV looks amazing and will certainly be very useful during my trip.

And I already designed a way to keep my camera safe, attaching my ordinary camera bag to the VV (which will be attached to a palapa) and using my TSA lock so no one will be able to open the bag :cool:.

All the best from Brazil

Marcio

cindyo
01-26-2012, 06:56 PM
When I got mine I thought what in the world is going to fit in this thing...After using it for a while I can pack in there room keys, camera, DD wallet, daughters camera...then I hook the closed zipper thru the cord to the chair. God bless the person who wants to wrestle getting all these things un-twisted without making a scene.