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Old Monday, April 6th, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Default Travelers Checks v. ATM

We are preparing for our trip this week and we would like some advice. Should we take travelers checks or are there ATM machines to use? How high are the fees if we choose to use the ATM's?

Thank you, and can't wait to get there!!

Bill & Jo
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Old Monday, April 6th, 2009, 08:21 AM
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I Love Aruba Re: Travelers Checks v. ATM

Have always used a combination of cash, American Express Travel Checks, and credit card(not debit). Where are you staying? There are not ATM's on every corner like the States. Someone may know the best and closest ATM to your resort.
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Old Monday, April 6th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Default Re: Travelers Checks v. ATM

We are stayning downstown at the Renaissance.
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Old Monday, April 6th, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Default Re: Travelers Checks v. ATM

I take only credit cards and my ATM card - no travelers checks. There are ATM machines all over Aruba. You will not find a problem finding one. If you are staying at the Ren, there is a ATM at the Renaissance Mall (under the Ren Marina Hotel). If you are at Ren Ocean Suites, the ATM is to the left of the Seaport Cinema movie theatre. Across from the movie theatre, I have gotten cash from RBTT bank. My ATM debit card has a Visa logo. Aruba Bank does not take Visa only Master Card. I have never been charged a fee in Aruba or by my bank for a ATM transaction.
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We take travelers checks, cash and a credit card as was also stated above. We do not pay a fee for travelers checks at our credit union so they cost us nothing. We had one stolen a couple of years ago and received a refund with no problem. U S dollars are accepted everywhere on Aruba. You will see 2 prices listed on most menus and items for sale. U.S. dollars and afl aruban florins. Travelers checks are also taken almost everywhere. You can cash them at any casino and the groceries and restaurants take them as well.
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Default Re: Travelers Checks v. ATM

We have used a credit union ATM card in Aruba in the past.
There was no problem and it was a low-fee charge.
Lately, we have been doing more charging because we use credit cards that give us dollars back as a benefit. We carry no month-to-month balance. One of the cards give a 2% balance reward...and it does add up when you charge airfare, resort expenses, dining charges. We recently got back checks totaling over $150...and we got another similar payment at the start of the year. I think we are indeed fortunate that we don't pay interest charges. We're far from rich, but why not have them pay us for using their credit card.
So far, we have not been charged a "international currency change" fee in Aruba because they bill in dollars. The currency charge has happened on other islands...where the billing was clearly in "their" currency. We'll see what happens this year in Aruba. May change our method of operation.
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