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Aruba4ever
05-15-2016, 09:43 PM
Hello All,

Is it safe to assume ALL places have a safe available for guests to lock their belongings? In 17 trips we have only stayed at a hotel but may be open to a different type of trip (less expensive as well) next year.

CK1
05-15-2016, 09:56 PM
Here is an older thread which shows photos of safes in different hotels/apartments. Might give you a bit of an idea:

http://www.aruba.com/forum/f7/room-safe-sizes-59466/

If you have a certain hotel/apartment in mind, I would ask them directly about their safe, the size, if it's in-build and secure etc. Hope, that helps. :)

Aruba4ever
05-15-2016, 10:03 PM
I will check it out, thanks!

Aruba4ever
05-15-2016, 10:05 PM
I am thinking of places like Palma Real, Gold Coast etc... If anyone has any experience. Just trying to figure out how to stay on the island longer in the future without going broke.

Andrea J.
05-15-2016, 10:05 PM
http://www.pacsafe.com
if you are to be staying at a place without a room safe or with a room safe that is too small to meet your needs.....use a pac safe product.

it seems to me that most places should provide a room safe.

Aruba4ever
05-15-2016, 10:17 PM
Thanks Andrea. I was thinking most do but I was not 100% sure.

act1966
05-15-2016, 10:24 PM
It's been hit and miss at the villas we've stayed at over the years. My friend, who works in security, says home safes are only any good if they're sunk into concrete as bolts can be easily overcome. But he also said that having security, monitoring and a safe works hand in hand as it'll delay the burglars... They don't want to spend a lot of time in the residence.

schexc
05-16-2016, 05:36 AM
We have stayed in four different one bedroom units in Palma Real, of which none of them had a safe.

Aruba4ever
05-16-2016, 05:49 AM
Thanks for the info guys.

Andrea J.
05-16-2016, 08:03 AM
my son travels monthly for his job and is gone for at least a week every month.
sometimes he is fortunate enough to stay in a hotel with a room safe.
other times he is at a navy base in either substandard base hotel or visiting officers quarters.
often they do not have room safes

he uses this and attaches it to the bed frame.
http://www.pacsafe.com/travelsafe-x15-10483616-hawaiian-blue.html

Jacki
05-16-2016, 08:49 AM
I would think it's safe to think that all resort type places have a safe. Of course it would be a great question to ask when planning your next trip :)

BellaRuby
05-16-2016, 12:42 PM
Our Rental Villa has a hotel safe for guest valuables but this may not be a standard amenity available at all vacation home rentals. It is best to ask the owner or property manager.
Regards,
Chris Phillips
Bella Ruby
3 Bedroom / 3 Bath Vacation home in the Palm Beach area
http://www.BellaRubyVilla.com

EdandLiz
05-16-2016, 01:59 PM
Another answer... pretty much the same.. some do and some don't but I know a lot of homes have security systems so if they don't have a safe, see if they have a security system... so you are covered :)

Aruba4ever
05-16-2016, 03:11 PM
Thanks again guys. I typically only travel with cash and don't use my CC at all when away in a foreign country so this is something I will have to ponder when we decide to try something new. I think I would need to use something like Andrea mentioned if I stayed someplace without a safe, thanks for the link.

act1966
05-16-2016, 03:30 PM
Are credit cards different in the US from Canada? This topic has come up a number of times in different threads. I can't wrap my head around the hesitancy to use a credit card and I'm wondering if fraud protection is different between the two countries.

In Canada, if a credit card is used fraudulently at home or abroad and identified as such, the charges are just reversed to the vendor that took them on. That's why PIN numbers are becoming pervasive to most transactions (and I wish Aruba would get in the game with wireless handsets so you don't have to march up to the bar to pay your bill).

We rarely carry cash - just small amounts for taxi rides. Everything goes on the card with the assurance that, if the card is ever misused, we just reverse that charge. That being said, I change my PIN number every time we come back from a foreign destination just to be extra safe.

I agree with trying not to use debit cards - that can easily be faked and, like cash, once it's gone, it's gone.

Andrea J.
05-16-2016, 03:43 PM
agree
credit cards are much safer than debit or cash

credit card fraudulent/unauthorized purchases can be reversed!
lost cash/stolen cash.... :(

maybe some folks do not want to use credit cards due to a foreign transaction fee.
check with your credit card customer service and ask about if there is a foreign transaction fee.
there are no fees on my cards.


Are credit cards different in the US from Canada? This topic has come up a number of times in different threads. I can't wrap my head around the hesitancy to use a credit card and I'm wondering if fraud protection is different between the two countries.

In Canada, if a credit card is used fraudulently at or home or abroad and identified as such, the charges are just reversed to the vendor that took them on. That's why PIN numbers are becoming pervasive to most transactions (and I wish Aruba would get in the game with wireless handsets so you don't have to march up to the bar to pay your bill).

We rarely carry cash - just small amounts for taxi rides. Everything goes on the card with the assurance that, if the card is ever misused, we just reverse that charge. That being said, I change my PIN number every time we come back from a foreign destination just to be extra safe.

I agree with trying not to use debit cards - that can easily be faked and, like cash, once it's gone, it's gone.

Aruba4ever
05-16-2016, 03:45 PM
They typically remove things quickly in the US as well but I have seen horror stories when I worked in finance so I try to limit any potential issues. I also gamble daily when in Aruba (never at home) and would not want to go to the bank machine daily...

Great point about the debit cards...they are like cash and good luck getting your money back.

I am not that old, but old enough to be stuck in my ways, LOL. I have always traveled with cash because of some horror stories I have heard about. I guess a bigger horror story could be if I lost all my cash....that would be a true horror story! That said, I still need some of it for gambling so I can't/won't just go on plastic but I do see your points.

Jacki
05-16-2016, 03:50 PM
Totally agree with you on using credit cards and NOT using debit cards. I figure if I call the CC company before traveling, they can note the account to allow charges and anything that is not mine can easily be disputed. Plus, I can earn stuff on the purchase (Upromise for college savings, or Capital One for miles or travel credits, etc.)

glynis
05-16-2016, 04:54 PM
At Our Villa , we have security ,cameras and a lap top safe ,which is large and takes near on anything , some hotels charge extra for a safe , We have paid a fee in the past. We use a mixture of both cash and credit card as its safer you have assurances with a credit card .if you let them know your on holiday and where . As Aruba takes dollars it's sometimes simpler .We do get a better dollar Rate on our Card as opposed ,to exchange rates in the UK.But of course for US it's the same .As Aruba is Florins and Dollars.But be sure you have your passport for larger amounts or the supermarket .

Traceyd14
05-16-2016, 05:27 PM
Are credit cards different in the US from Canada? This topic has come up a number of times in different threads. I can't wrap my head around the hesitancy to use a credit card and I'm wondering if fraud protection is different between the two countries.

In Canada, if a credit card is used fraudulently at home or abroad and identified as such, the charges are just reversed to the vendor that took them on. That's why PIN numbers are becoming pervasive to most transactions (and I wish Aruba would get in the game with wireless handsets so you don't have to march up to the bar to pay your bill).

We rarely carry cash - just small amounts for taxi rides. Everything goes on the card with the assurance that, if the card is ever misused, we just reverse that charge. That being said, I change my PIN number every time we come back from a foreign destination just to be extra safe.

I agree with trying not to use debit cards - that can easily be faked and, like cash, once it's gone, it's gone.

Credit cards issues seems to be resolved the same way here in the US. We don't hesitate to use them. I do monitor our accounts online at least monthly to catch any fraudulent activity. It's happened a few times over the last 5-10 years, but never been an issue getting resolved quickly and we never lost a dime of our own money.

We don't carry much cash, mainly enough for taxi rides and a few small casino donations, but I would still like to have a safe. Until this thread, hadn't really thought about it at a rental property. Great discussion here. We typically lock up our passports, some jewelry (nothing major), and our electronics. If we were going to stay in a house, I would probably go with something like the PacSafe or even the Kyss bag, which gets good reviews. http://www.kyssbags.com/

schexc
05-16-2016, 06:16 PM
We put almost everything on a credit card. We bring some cash for tips and the casino, which is minimal. Occasionally we may have to use cash for purchases at places that don't accept credit cards. We do not get charged for fraudulent activity nor are there any foreign exchange fees. Like Jackie said, it's a great way to add travel points too. As Aruba4ever stated, once cash is gone it's gone. For us the use of a credit card is a matter of security, convenience and reward points.