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    your thoughts on Pool or Beach Shade Lounge and Chair Squatters

    We had a situation at our neighborhood pool recently. (florida, community of 660 homes and a large pool, clubhouse, golf)

    2 folks came to the pool early, grabbed a table with an umbrella and 4 sit down chairs and 2 lounges (there are 78 lounges and 40 sit down chairs)

    So by 2 pm, there were disappointed folks that wanted to sit or lie in the shade.
    Paul and I and our neighbors were ready to leave and gave our chairs to a couple and their young grandchildren.

    At your Aruba vacation resort, do you have situations where only a couple of folks "hog" an amount of chairs/lounges that they really don't need?
    In the situation that i mentioned at my community's pool, they had a total of 6 lounges/chairs for 2 people and would not relinquish any of them.

    Do you see that folks in Aruba, hog those chairs, shade and not share?
    Do you ask to have a chair or 2?
    Do you ask if you can share their shade?


    I am NOT talking about folks that drop their towels/books/beach bags and hit the road for hours on end...........they are a whole 'nuther chapter(s)

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    There has only been one occasion that we couldn't get a chair or shade when we wanted it, and was the Lazy River pool that has a notorious chair tagging problem. I wasn't comfortable asking anyone if we could set our things down near their table so we ended up walking away.

    I think most of the people on this forum would be the ones, like us, who would give up a seat or share shade if we saw someone that needed it. I am not comfortable asking others though. We have shared our shade with people a couple times. You know when people are walking around and have that look like they aren't sure what to do? It's easy to say here's a chair or feel free to come over in the shade. We met some nice first timers at Playa Linda that way.

    I guess you could consider us chair hogs to some extent because I do like to have a sit up chair and a lounger available throughout the day. But I've never been in a place where the beach was so busy that someone else was going without. If that was the case I would definitely give one up.
    Always planning our next trip

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    I find those that stake out a palapa at the beach as well as an umbrella at the pool with the related lounge chairs for each to be especially annoying....

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    absolutely.....choose 1, not both

    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    I find those that stake out a palapa at the beach as well as an umbrella at the pool with the related lounge chairs for each to be especially annoying....

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    We go out early to get a palapa at the beach and we grab a lounger/ sit up chair for each of us so we have 4 seats in total. We have never seen anyone looking for a chair or a lounger- if we did we would give 1 or the other up. We do hog our palapa until 4 pm as that is what we go to Aruba for- the beach! We have never even attempted to get shade by the pool- we often go to Aruba and never get in the pool. The only time we are pool people is when the waves are too rough for me to go in the ocean and then I just dunk myself in the pool and leave my husband back at the oceanfront palapa. We can get in a pool here in the states but we cannot get that beautiful beach here!

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    My hubby goes to arashi early and gets a palapa for me. he sits in the sun. I don't do sun. if our friends come, great they share the palapa. but if its just us and someone wants to share the palapa, no problem. what I do have a problem with is some people just take our stuff off the palapa, put it on the sand and put their stuff there. I can tell you that last time we were there, it was not an American, South American or Aruban who were the rudest people. And I shall leave it at that.

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    Two years ago we were at Costa Linda for 2 weeks with my sis and BIL. We spent most of the first week on the beach but moved to the pool on Wednesday because of some high winds and sandblasting effect. We found an umbrella and 4 lounges on the north side of the pool. We liked this spot because it was out of the way but close to the zero entry point. We were fortunate enough to get the same spot on Thursday and then Friday am. On Saturday we went out around 9am and it was still available so we sat there again. Around 11 a group of about 12 showed up. They were evidently a family of owners that had come in on Friday afternoon. One of the group, a woman about 50 years old, came over and stared at us for a minute. She then proceeded to tell us that we were sitting in their spot, the spot they used every year and would we mind moving as they needed that spot and 2 others next to it for their family. We declined her offer and it made her mad. We could hear her telling the group she was with how rude we were. What is strange is that we got the same spot the next 2 days at 9 again. They didn't show up until around noon each day. The woman always gave us a stare and we could not make out what she was saying about us but I am sure it was not a compliment.

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    Some people just don't have a clue. We never have a problem getting a palapa as we are early risers and pretty much spend most of the day on the beach. I find it annoying when people save a spot at the pool, as well as, a palapa!!! Then they sit there and ignore the people who are looking for a spot. As far as someone asking you to move because your "in their spot" we'll, that's just absurd!!

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    We get the looks and the people who ask if a chair is being used because at any given time it could LOOK like there are only 4 of us hogging 8 chairs, but in reality the rest of our party is back at the room or went to get food or use the restroom, etc.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    At CPV I noticed that there were times when guests would leave towels and other items to mark out their seats, eventually management sent around a notice advising against this, with the added notice that unattended towels and items would be removed. At the Surf Club when my friend, her daughters and I were trying to find a spot close to the pool with shade it looked close to impossible. I asked this one couple if the four chairs next to them was occupied or in use. Got ignored, my friend asked them in Spanish, same response. We continued along asking and either getting some polite "No's", ignored or stared at because my friend and her daughters were speaking Papiamento while I was speaking English(I think they were trying to figure out if we were a family or not) till another couple called us over and told us that the four seats next to them were available, they were nice, polite, very friendly and had a very familiar accent? Only to learn much to my surprise that they were from T&T originally, currently residing in the U.S.

    Never had any problems like that at La Cabana, then again it was only just me, myself and I; and I choose a spot that was not too close to the pool. The two times when my friend Sam came by with her son, step-son and nephew we did not encounter any difficulties with securing a place.

    Can't believe how ridiculous some people can be over chairs and stuff. When on vacation they need to leave the rude and crude attitude at home.

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