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Miss913
06-24-2017, 12:33 AM
I am not a ATM person and wonder what works best...ofcourse credit card, but how much cash on hand necessary?? Would it be easier to have "money cards" as in gift cards? I do not want to over do it with bringing cash if credit cards cover most. I understand, tip money etc....but what are the entities that require cash only in Aruba? Like bus or taxi, and what else? Tips? Please advise.

Traceyd14
06-24-2017, 06:33 AM
Taxis are cash only. Most restaurants and tours in the tourist areas will except credit. Some smaller carryout style restaurants are cash only. We take a small amount of cash for casinos, taxis, tipping, and walking around money. If there is a specific excursion we want to do, I will always ask. Some fishing charters and private tours are cash only.

Andrea J.
06-24-2017, 08:29 AM
bus/taxi - cash
tips - cash

we usually do a mix of credit and cash.

re: gift cards
be aware that an aruban place such as dunkin donuts will not take usa dunkin donut gift cards.
but ruths chris steakhouse will accept them.
i would not rely on gift cards.

i do know it is old school, but some folks still like travelers checks and those can be cashed at casinos and at the front dest of your resort.

credit cards do cover most.

check your card to see if it charges a foreign transaction fee.
many do.
many don't.

also please notify your credit card comany that you will be away.


I am not a ATM person and wonder what works best...ofcourse credit card, but how much cash on hand necessary?? Would it be easier to have "money cards" as in gift cards? I do not want to over do it with bringing cash if credit cards cover most. I understand, tip money etc....but what are the entities that require cash only in Aruba? Like bus or taxi, and what else? Tips? Please advise.

FBS199
06-24-2017, 09:44 AM
Cash & Traveler's Checks are accepted almost everywhere and can remove any concerns of your CC being compromised.

robin
06-24-2017, 10:28 AM
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check your card to see if it charges a foreign transaction fee.
many do.
many don't.

also please notify your credit card company that you will be away.

Make sure they bill your credit card in US $$$ not Aruban florins to avoid the service charge.

Miss913
06-25-2017, 12:33 PM
that was helpful, thanks!

Miss913
06-25-2017, 12:36 PM
thanks, very helpful, and i did hear about the letting the card company know you are going abroad...important! I am going to look into the old fashion travelers cks idea too....seems like a safer way to travel with "cash"...thanks!

AndyM
06-26-2017, 10:02 AM
Cash & Traveler's Checks are accepted almost everywhere and can remove any concerns of your CC being compromised.

All major CC companies protect you from fraudulent charges. You review you charges and call or click to complain and you're off the hook.



Make sure they bill your credit card in US $$$ not Aruban florins to avoid the service charge.


I'm not sure you have a choice in how the business bills your card. However, if you have a CC with a bank that doesn't charge a currency conversion fees, it doesn't matter.

WaltVB
06-26-2017, 01:01 PM
Be safe and make front and back copies of your credit and debit cards in case they are compromised. Keep the info separate from the cards and you'll have the account number and the phone number to call if something were to happen.

AUA1989
07-24-2017, 10:21 AM
Not only is Andrea correct about Dunkin not taking Dunkin gift cards, some prepaid credit cards purchased in the U.S. are usable only in the U.S. Please read the fine print if you purchase "prepaid" credit cards such as Visa and MC. Some of them can only be used in the U.S. (speaking from experience). We had a $500 prepaid Visa, which I found out the hard way, was useless on a vacation out of the country. Apparently, there are domestic prepaid cards and international prepaid cards.

Andrea J.
07-24-2017, 10:31 AM
yup....someone gave our son and dil a prepaid visa as a wedding gift .... which they tried to use on honeymoon in aruba.
it was not accepted anywhere in aruba.

bhoffdhoff
07-25-2017, 12:24 PM
We always take cash, now. Our credit card has been compromised twice while we were in Aruba.

hmitchell_travelplanner
07-25-2017, 05:04 PM
We always take cash, now. Our credit card has been compromised twice while we were in Aruba.

How much cash do you take with you on a daily basis? We are more than likely going to do this, but wondering what a good amt was for carrying around during the day

Aruba4ever
07-25-2017, 05:25 PM
I think it depends on a number of factors. Do you gamble? How and where you dine? What activities do you plan to do, do you plan to have several drinks daily? All factors. I have seen people get by with well under $100 daily for a couple and that includes eating out with drinks, others need several hundred a day.


How much cash do you take with you on a daily basis? We are more than likely going to do this, but wondering what a good amt was for carrying around during the day

AudiaS4
07-27-2017, 06:53 PM
How much would you guys recommend to take when going to the BEACHES. Like for food/drinks. Two adults and 1 child. We will drink (soda) during the time we are there (possibly 3 each) and maybe a cheeseburger/fries meal if they have that each. What's a safe amount that we should take daily to the beach?

(We plan on hitting up every beach we can while there...but of course only eating at one daily. But, also plan on bringing our own lunch to some)

Andrea J.
07-27-2017, 07:53 PM
i would take $80 - $100 in cash and I would mix it up 1's and 5's and 10's.
if you will be renting lounges/umbrellas you may need more $.

( i am thinking that this is a large amount, but better to be prepared then short $)


reminder.........when driving around to beaches do NOT leave anything in the car front or back.
lock stuff in the trunk where it is not visible to would be thieves.


How much would you guys recommend to take when going to the BEACHES. Like for food/drinks. Two adults and 1 child. We will drink (soda) during the time we are there (possibly 3 each) and maybe a cheeseburger/fries meal if they have that each. What's a safe amount that we should take daily to the beach?

(We plan on hitting up every beach we can while there...but of course only eating at one daily. But, also plan on bringing our own lunch to some)

AudiaS4
07-27-2017, 08:35 PM
i would take $80 - $100 in cash and I would mix it up 1's and 5's and 10's.
if you will be renting lounges/umbrellas you may need more $.

( i am thinking that this is a large amount, but better to be prepared then short $)


reminder.........when driving around to beaches do NOT leave anything in the car front or back.
lock stuff in the trunk where it is not visible to would be thieves.



Better to be safe than sorry and any $$ not spent, will go toward maybe another beach at another time that I didn't account for.

Absolutely won't leave anything in site in the car. Thanks for the reminder.

WaltVB
07-28-2017, 12:37 PM
I have a couple of different cases from these folks: http://www.witzsportcases.com/. They are waterproof and I can carry a credit card, room key and plenty of cash in it for use at the pool/beach and beach bars. I take the lanyard off and stick it in the zipper pocket of my swim trunks. I would think around $100 would be good for you per day. I tend to take 10s and 20s as fewer bills fit better in my case.

gaby
07-28-2017, 12:56 PM
I have a couple of different cases from these folks: http://www.witzsportcases.com/. They are waterproof and I can carry a credit card, room key and plenty of cash in it for use at the pool/beach and beach bars. I take the lanyard off and stick it in the zipper pocket of my swim trunks. I would think around $100 would be good for you per day. I tend to take 10s and 20s as fewer bills fit better in my case.

Thanks Walt, I just ordered two of these, one for the phone and one for other stuff. My last one was in my bag when they took it, lol.

AudiaS4
07-28-2017, 04:19 PM
I do have a dry pack. However, it doesn't seem to work good. It works fine in "regular" water and has never once leaked. In salt water...leaks every single time. :( So I don't even take it anymore. We always have someone up at the beach with our stuff when we go places, so I guess not "too" worried about someone ripping us off. I just don't seem to have any luck with ours.

Mine is similar to this (only black) and I got it about 7 years ago. It comes with the belt.

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gaby
07-29-2017, 11:54 AM
the ones Walt gave the link for are very good and are water resistant. I think I got my old ones at the Rei store. but this site Witz is so much easier and they have ones for the phone, which mine only fit money & id kind of stuff. The shipping is cheap. I got one for the phone and one for ID & car keys and a couple of dollars for the beach.

hatteras
07-29-2017, 12:02 PM
I love my kyss bag. We can lock it to our chairs or palapa and go for a swim or a walk on the beach. I'm using it at my local pool this summer. kyssbags.com