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Old Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 10:17 AM
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Please do not misconstrue what I am about to ask nor do I intend to offend anyone.

My wife and I just schedule our trip for Jan 12-19. Since then, we have come across many posts on other sites and one on this one stating- Avoid the month of January. There is a certain ethnic group from mainly New York that basically takes over all the Marriott properties. They do not control their children....they are rude to other guests and they trash the place.

Is this correct? If yes, when do they usuaally come?

Here again, I do not intend to offend anyone. I just don't want my trip ruined.
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Old Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Are you staying at the Marriott? If you are staying anywhere else, it's no problem.
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Old Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Why only the Marriott? We will be at the Surf Club which is where most of the negative posts were about. What time in January?
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Old Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 12:24 PM
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This large group of people mostly stay at the Marriott Surf Club, Marriott Ocean Club and Marriott hotel. I think it is Week 3, but I could be wrong.
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Old Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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I did some research. The reason they come in January is that the State of New York had what was called Regent's Exams in August and January. According to what I found, they voted to discontinue the tests in order to save a million dollars in the budget. NYC and other school districts are requesting they be reinstated....I hope not. However, the tests were always the last week of January. We will be there before that.

How was the weather when you were there? Alot of posts talked about more rain that usual. In the 10 years were have been coming, only one week was not the best weather. Turns out it was the week my son and his family came for the first time.
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Old Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 05:39 PM
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If you need the exact dates they start coming in on Jan 19th 2012 and usually they are all out of there by Jan 30th. It used to be week 3 but last year and this next year its alittle later. I am not saying anything bad about this group but you really need to avoid going to the Marriotts during this timeframe. Its just that they are about 80 percent of the Marriott that week. Hope this helps. Kent
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The dates you are coming are great!! Don't change them and don't panic. Thats a very nice week to be at the Surf Club.
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Thanks for the info. We usually go in February or the week after Easter. this will be our first January trip.
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If the behavior is as bad as reported, we are certainly glad we go in September.
I just do not understand it...from those who do it and those who tolerate it.
It's seems like a mess...and a big, ugly blot on the Aruba story.

We have experienced a little mischievous behavior from Venezuelan school kids in the week before they returned to school in late September, but nothing like what was described at Marriottville in January. The number of Venezuelans who come to Aruba in September has decreased significantly under the Chavez leadership.

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It is a shame. I am surprised Marriott puts up with it, but I guess money talks.
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