Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Oranjestad and Sint Nicolaas Aruba by Tour Guide Frances B. (Guide #1416)


Wendy B.

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Apr 11/18

Frances is a lovely, pleasant, spirited guide who gave us insight into Aruba's culture, history, and geology. She took us on a tour in a very nice minivan all around the island. Her first-hand knowledge of people and events brought insight we wouldn't have gotten with a different guide. I'd highly recommend her to share her knowledge of her beautiful island with you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Wendy and Glenn. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour of Aruba and that one day you will be able to come back and see more of the island and it's culture. I wish you safe and happy travels on our wonderful planet!

Lynne Whitt

United States
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Tour: #94828, Aruba half day private tour 4-5 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 28/18

Frances was an excellent tour guide. She let the tour be managed by our ages and our likes and dislikes. Her husband met our cruise right at the dock which was perfect for my elderly mother. I would highly recommend her tour for anyone visiting Aruba.

Marilyn Sunsten

United States
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Tour: #94828, Aruba half day private tour 4-5 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 22/18

Frances is a wonderful person and a great tour guide. Her knowledge of the islands culture and history is amazing. She has a wealth of experience as a guide and we would highly recommend Frances to anyone. Dank Je

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your compliments. I do hope you will be able to come back one day to our happy island. Best wishes Frances

Dorothy (Dottie) Stone

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion for max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 7/18

Frances was prompt, pleasant and helpful. She had very good knowledge of the island and culture. It was an interesting and informative day that we definitely enjoyed. TBL does it again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dottie. Glad to hear you enjoyed your tour. enjoy the rest of your stay on our Happy island. all the best, Frances

Don Snyder

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion for max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Jan 20/18

What an outstanding and informative tour Francis was wonderful and made our day in Aruba special. Excellent day made possible by Francis

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Don for your very positive feedback. I am pleased to hear that you both enjoyed your day on our "Happy Island". Hopefully we we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes, Frances

Lyanne L. Wassermann

Hollywood, FL, United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 29/17

Frances is fabulous! I couldn't complete my tour the first morning due to a sudden medical problem. She returned the second morning to finish it. We are most grateful! As usual, we love our tours by locals and think they are great. Frances is definitely one of the "team". We would recommend her anytime!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your very kind feedback. I too enjoyed our conversations and interactions. I sincerely hope that you will return to the island and enjoy visiting your Aruban family. Take care always. Best wishes Frances

John O'Neill

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 28/17

After a little confusion meeting up which was quickly resolved we spent a fun, educational day with Frances. Frances is very familiar with Aruba's geography, history and politics and very worldly wise. She took the time to understand what interested us and it truly felt like we were getting a local's perspective. Frances also went the extra mile, dropping us of at a very nice beach and took us to the Dutch owned supermarket to get some local goodies. Highly Recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John for your nice comments. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with your family and exchanging our thoughts. Hope to welcome you back to our Happy Island! best wishes always Frances

Sri Gow

United States
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Tour: #12583, Private Walking Tour of Oranjestad, Aruba's Capital, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 24/17

I was recently at Aruba and wanted to get some familiarity with the local culture. I emailed Frances on a Friday night for a tour and she immediately responded, much to my surprise. Very professional and courteous, gave us an excellent overview of history, culture, food, religion, politics and showed us around the important buildings in oranjestad. In the end, I really felt like an insider which is how you would feel when you hop beaches. Fantastic and totally worth it esp if you are a group of 2 or mor

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Sri for your generous comments and feedback. It was nice meeting you and your family and I am glad to hear that you felt like an "insider" after our tour together. best wishes to you and your family always Frances

Tammy Ely

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 14/17

Frances is very knowledgeable and makes the tour very enjoyable and is very personable. I would recommend her to anyone especially those who want to experience things beyond what you would on a ship tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Tammy, it was great seeing you again and meeting your Mom. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again in the future on our Happy Island. Best wishes always, Frances

Marjorie Stanford

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion for max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 9/17

Our day with Frances was amazing and we had an opportunity to see all parts of the island, and also learn about the local culture. We climbed up the Casabari Boulders and had a great perspective of the whole island, and we were able to see some of the beautiful beaches. We ended our day with a magnificent sunset, a beer at a local outdoor bar, and a drive to see some of the most beautiful Christmas decorations and lights.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your day on Aruba. thank you so much for the positive feedback. I sincerely hope that you will re-visit our "happy Island" again in the future. Bon Bini as we say here (Welcome) Best wishes always Frances

Judi Kramer

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 3/17

Communication for reservation excellent. Knowledge of toured area excellent. Driving excellent. Friendliness and compassion for handicapped husband excellent. Roads in Aruba....awful. Loved the tour and will use Tours by Locals again.

Diane Ferrari

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Nov 30/17

Frances was a wonderful guide.

Stephen B.

United States
Rating

Tour: #12583, Private Walking Tour of Oranjestad, Aruba's Capital, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Nov 21/17

Frances is a delightful, informative guide. She was very accommodating of our particular needs. Even little things like trying to stay on the shady side of the street come naturally to her. Both the content of the tour (stuff you'd never get from big ship excursions) and her delivery were wonderful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your walking tour. Stay safe. Best wishes to you and your family Frsnces

Alan Symonds

United Kingdom
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Apr 17/17

Karen Burgess-Kohn

United States
Rating

Tour: #94828, Aruba half day private tour 4-5 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Apr 12/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karen for your positive feedback. Glad you liked the tour and was able to show you more of Aruba! Greetings to all!

Elaine Kravitz

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 18/17

Very pleasant way to spend a few hours en route to the airport for an afternoon departure - a great alternative to a day pass at a hotel. Frances was prompt, articulate, friendly and professional. We enjoyed exploring her home island with her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Elaine! Indeed I enjoyed our time together too. Hope our paths will cross again. All the best, Frances

James Profirio-Bond

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 14/17

Frances was beyond awesome. We felt like we were part of her biological family who was showing us where she lived. Highly, highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so happy that you enjoyed your tour on our Happy island. Thank you very much for your feed back and yes you are now honorary members of our extended family! hugs Frances

Susan Anderson

United States
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Tour: #160195, New Aruba Full Day Private Tour for 6-7 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 12/17

We had a wonderful, wonderful tour. She was excellent ... great knowledge of the island and people. It was a delightful day with Frances!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susan for your very positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your tour of Aruba. Hope that you will have the opportunity to come back again some day. Best wishes, Frances

Tony Lassos

United States
Rating

Tour: #160195, New Aruba Full Day Private Tour for 6-7 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 5/17

Had a wonderful island tour with Frances. We saw the island top to tip and got some wonderful insight that only a local would know. Beaches were beautiful but this tour offered so much more!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tony, I was very pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your tour on our Happy island. Thanks for the heads up! Hope you will have the opportunity to come back some day. Best wishes Frances

Andrea P.

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 1/17

Thank you, Frances, for a marvelous afternoon of touring on your beautiful island! Frances is a warm, friendly, kindly lady who is very willing to tailor tours for all interests. She is a good driver with a comfortable AC'd vehicle, and really is pleasant company whilst touring. I learned far more about Aruba with Frances than on a ship's tour. Loved the chance to wade in the gorgeous tropical ocean, and Frances even rinsed sand off my feet for me! That's SERVICE. I had a wonderful tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andrea thank you so much for your lovely comment! I enjoyed your company as well and yes, we had a lovely afternoon together. Hope that you will make it back some day after you have visited all the countries you have on your list. You are always welcome! Best wishes always - Frances

Laurie Costello

Canada
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 26/17

Frances was a wonderful, accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly guide. We had a magnificent day, and I would highly reommend her to anyone wanting A day tour in Oranjestad, Aruba!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Laurie for your kind comments. I am happy that you enjoyed your tour with me! Best wishes to you and your family. Frances

Drew M.

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Nov 26/16

My wife and I had a wonderful time touring Aruba with Frances. She was great fun and very pleasant with which to spend two half days. We highly recommend seeing Frances' Aruba. We saw opposite sides of the island, learned of its history and experienced its culture. What a blast! We intend to visit Aruba again and see our new friend, Frances, again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Drew and Ruby, you are more than welcome to come back to our island. Hope it is soon. Don't wait too long my friends. Frances

Drew M.

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Nov 25/16

My wife and I had a wonderful time touring Aruba with Frances. She was great fun and very pleasant with which to spend two half days. We highly recommend seeing Frances' Aruba. We saw opposite sides of the island, learned of its history and experienced its culture. What a blast! We intend to visit Aruba again and see our new friend, Frances, again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Drew and Ruby. It was such a pleasure showing you around the island. I sincerely hope that one day you will be back. Best wishes Frances

Deborah Leong

United States
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Tour: #160196, New Aruba half day private tour 6-7 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 27/16

Frances was very accommodating and took us around most of the island. She was informative and even took us to some non-touristy local spots as well. She met us just outside the cruise ship terminal and got us back to the cruise ship in plenty of time. Thanks for a great time. D. Leong

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Deborah. I am glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time on Aruba. I sincerely hope that some day you will return to our happy island and this time for a bit longer. Bon Bini (Welcome) as we say! best wishes always - Frances

Melinda S.

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 18/16

Frances is a fabulous guide! We saw so much of the island and enjoyed each experience!

Ian Foulston

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion for max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 12/16

Excellent tour and delightful lady. Would recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Ian for the great comment. Best wishes Frances

Mark Jones

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Jan 28/16

Frances is an absolute charm. She is knowledgeable, polite, efficient, and has a delightful sense of humor. My wife and I were so delighted with her that we intend to utilize her guide services through Tours by Locals again in the coming years.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh Wow, Thanks ever so much for the glowing comments and Yes I really look forward to meeting up with you again. See you in the future and I hope that the Aloe Vera products help! Best wishes to you both Frances

Barney Greenhill

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Jan 26/16

Frances was very informative and a delight to be with. Our four hours with her flew by.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Barney for your positive feedback. Best wishes Frances

Victor Wong

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion for max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 22/15

Really enjoyed the tour with Frances. Our family have a great time. Frances also took us to a great restaurant for lunch with a nice view of the ocean.

Craig Tidwell

United States
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Tour: #94828, Aruba half day private tour 4-5 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 19/15

Frances was amazing. Very informative and took us to many places we would not have known about without her tour. I would highly recommend her and will use her in future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ever so much for the lovely comments and feedback! I certainly enjoyed our tour together and look forward to meeting up with you again. Best wishes from the Sunny Happy Island of Aruba! My regards to your family - Frances

John Pickard

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 14/15

Good tour of the island in half day. Frances very knowledgeable and professional. Great tour that avoided the hoards of cruise ship tourists that were on Aruba the same day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you very much John for the feedback. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour of Aruba.!best wishes - Frances

Barbara Gervis

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion for max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 8/15

Francis was a beyond wonderful guide. I felt like I was visiting a friend in a new place! We explored everywhere on the island I wanted to go ...(the natural bridge is not to be missed!), the best beaches , historical sights, had great fresh coconut water and even saw a pet cemetery right on the beach, which was very interesting to me. I have to say that no other shore adventure (I was on a ship ) gave me as good an overall feel for a place. I would definitely go back to Aruba based on Francis's tour!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barbara for your glowing feedback. Yes we had a great day together and I sincerely hope that you will come back to Aruba. best wishes always Frances

John B.

United States
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Tour: #94828, Aruba half day private tour 4-5 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Dec 6/15

With her mini-van we were able to visit areas a bus would never get into. Frances was fun & personable and showed us "her" island. We asked to eat at a true local place and we had fish that was just off the boat with no frills but really great. The fish restaurant was locals only and quite a find.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks John for your kind words. Come back to Aruba some day! best wishes Frances

Herbert Cole

United States
Rating

Tour: #65346, Aruba full day private shore excursion for 4-7 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 22/15

The tour exceeded our expectations. We had requested a tour with minimum walking and wanted to see as much of Aruba as possible (especially the places that the bus tours do not visit). We we not disappointed. Frances took time to explain the history of the different areas, took us through the real neighborhoods, and picked out 2 stops at local establishments as rest stops. The first stop was for drinks (the iced coffee was some of the best I ever had) and then on to a lunch stop. It was a great day!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day on the "Happy Island" of Aruba. It put a smile on my face to learn that you enjoyed your iced coffee and the lunch stop so much. I too enjoyed your company and sincerely hope that you will come back to our "Dushi" (darling) island. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your cruise. Regards to all of you and my best wishes Frances

Allan Waterman

United States
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Tour: #94828, Aruba half day private tour 4-7 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 13/15

Francis gave us a very nice tour of Aruba. She has great knowledge about her country communicates it well. We enjoyed our day with her. I highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Allan for the lovely feedback and recommendation. Best wishes and greetings from the Happy Island!

Samantha Shuman

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 3/15

This was a perfect adventure with something for everyone, my mother, her husband and myself. Frances was great and very knowledgeable and we asked a LOT of questions. We loved the private aspect of the tour and it is really a great deal. My favorite parts were going out to the rough side and going to ZeeRover and trying the local beer. Thank you Frances! --Sam

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sam, Thanks so very much for your glowing comments! I had an absolutely great time too with your family. Hope you will come back to our island some day again. Best wishes and regards to your family. Frances

Charlotte Malasky

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 27/15

very knowledgeable guide, pleasant, very good driver. tailored the tour to our interests.we would request frances again and recommend to friends

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ever so much Charlotte and Paul for your pleasant feedback and comments. I do hope we will meet up again in the future, Best wishes Frances

Freda Beresford

Australia
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 6/15

Aruba came alive for us, seeing the island through Frances and her obvious great love of her home. Her lively and entertaining commentary on the history, culture and general life on the island was second to none. Also assisting us with shopping. I would definitely recommend Frances. You will not be disappointed. Many thanks once again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gosh! Such lovely comments! Thank you too for the lovely time we had together. Hope you enjoyed your wine on board.... Hope you will come back one day to our happy island and perhaps stay a little longer. Bon Bini (Welcome) if you do. Best wishes Frances

Dale Doudna

United States
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Tour: #65346, Aruba full day private shore excursion for 4-7 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Nov 12/14

What a great day in Aruba with Frances. We found her easily at the exit to the port. She shared her favorite places in Aruba. Some were the usual tourist areas, but others were those that only a local would know about. She accommodated our wished and desires. Although it was only a one day visit, we felt like we really got to know Aruba well. Thank you, Frances.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your compliments! I do hope that one day you will all come back again to Aruba and enjoy our "happy island"

Maria Lucia Brandao

Brazil
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Tour: #65346, Aruba full day private shore excursion for 4-7 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 25/14

Wonderful guide ! Wonderful island ! Wonderful day !!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. I am glad you and your friends enjoyed our happy island! Best wishes, Frances

Bonnie Chromik

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion for max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 19/14

Frances was charming and shared so much knowledge about the island and its history we are still trying to take it all in! The day went beyond our expectations and she truly was a pleasure to be with giving us insight into day to day living in Aruba, along with her flexibility for specific stops. By the end of the day we felt we had the most wonderful experience and had made a genuine friend on this happy island. She is truly a credit to her profession and we would highly recommend her tours!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your compliments! I had a wonderful day with you too and hope that you, Ginger and Maria will be back again on our Dushi Island soon! Warm Wishes and hugs Frances

Paul Pelletier

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day tour for Paul Pelletier, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 27/14

Thank you Frances. The group loved the tour and found you a wonderful host! Much appreciated. We will most certainly send you more referrals! Best

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ever so much. I loved interacting with your group and had an enjoyable time with them too, as did our driver Patrick. Hope to keep in touch with you. Best wishes from Dushi aruba, one happy island. Frances

Crista Oeller

Curacao
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Tour: #65346, Aruba 3 day private shore excursion for Christa Oeller, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 17/14

Frances was very helpful, exceptionally kind and friendly. She helped me route my business in a fashion that allowed me to visit my current customers, but to gain new business on the island as well. She is one of the nicest ladies you will ever meet. She was a life saver to me as had to play my personal translater to a customer who did not speak English. I would highly highly recommend her to anyone visiting Aruba. She also gave me a spectacular tour of the island that tour buses dont visit. Great Job!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind Comments Crista! Best wishes from The Aruba sister - in law team. See you back on Aruba some day soon.

Brenda Dubeck

Canada
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour max. 3 persons, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 14/14

Thanks Frances for an awesome tour of your island home. Your insight and anecdotes were informative and interesting. We especially appreciate your attention to detail and customizing the sights/stops to our interest(especially the Eagle beach stop) and unstructured free time to explore. You spoke with passion and love for your island. We absolutely LOVED Aruba and can't wait to come back. We loved being in our own little group and the personal touch. We look forward to our next visit to see the rest.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Brenda, I can only say thanks so very much for your glowing comments. I hope that you will come back soon and then we can continue exploring this happy island. Bon Bini back... You can look that up in your little Aruba booklet that you have! Lots of warm wishes from Aruba. Frances

Diana Nohava

United States
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Tour: #12395, Private Aruba full day tour for Diana Nohava, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 12/14

Frances was a very gracious host. She made sure we were able to see and do everything we requested and had a wonderful day with her in Aruba. She took my mother in law who is 80 under her wing and made sure all 7 of us had a wonderful time. Will definetely use Tours By Locals in our future travels.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Diana. I am so very glad that you enjoyed your day on Aruba. Hope you will all come back some day for a longer stay. I will get Evelyn teamed up with my mother in law....! have fun always and see you back in Aruba in the not too distance future. There is still a lot more to see. Best wishes from one happy island Frances

Larry Schaab

Netherlands
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Tour: #12395, Aruba full day tour for Larry Schaab, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Nov 12/13

Frances was a good guide, well prepared, only thing negative was her use of a noisy and uncomfortable city public bus to travel the back roads of the island

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments. I regret that you found the bus a negative factor. I use these buses because this is what the locals use. This gives a true local perspective. There are a few luxury buses on Aruba. You may recall that we were supposed to use another bus. this would have been an electric bus which is less noisy. However it could not be unplugged from the electricty net. No bus can travel comfortably or quietly on our backroads which as I recollect, we did at your request. regards Frances

Amos Selzer

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Private Shore Excursion, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 7/13

Frances is very Knowledgeable about the history of Aruba. We enjoy very much being with her during our 7 hours visit to Aruba.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. I enjoyed showing you around the island and will always remember you when I look at the Sabra cactus! have fun travelling around the world. best wishes, Frances

Ronald Drummer

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 4/13

This was our third trip to Aruba. Frances was an excellent guide and took us to many places we had not seen before. We would highly recommend her if you want to see the "real" Aruba.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Ron and Shirley. I am so glad that you were happy with the tour. I do hope that you will come again to Aruba and that we can show off our "Happy Island" a bit more to you. Do Keep in touch. Best wishes Frances

Peter Schofield

United Kingdom
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Tour: #12583, Private Walking Tour of Oranjestad, Aruba's Capital, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 10/13

Frances made this a day to remember

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, glad to hear that you enjoyed yourselves! It was a bit of an unusual day due to the preparations for the big Carnival parade due that day. I hope that you will come back some day. Best wishes Frances

Debbie Phillips

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Jan 24/13

The tour around Aruba with Frances was great. She was very helpful prior to the tour (via email) in planning what we should/could see based on timing. Very conversational and had lots of interesting facts about Aruba's history to share. We enjoyed the tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It was a pleasure showing you around our "Happy Island"! I do hope you will come back some day to see more. Take care and as we say over here, stay in touch with the Dutch Caribbean! Best wishes Frances

Teresa Whitton

United States
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Tour: #10895, Aruba Full Day Shore Excursion, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Jan 20/13

Frances was an excellent, educational, professional, and enjoyable guide. She detailed our excursion to include all beautiful photo opportunities to capture the true Aruba. As we saw all of the large tour buses leave the cruise terminal with large tour groups, we enjoyed the private tour--just Frances and the two of us. We were able to stop at any location we desired, and enjoyed seeing the sights that the ship excursions will never be able to provide. We highly recommend Frances and Tours by Locals.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your comments Teresa. I had a fabulous time with you too. It was nice seeing the island through the eyes of the photographer! come again to our happy island, we will look forward to welcoming you back and showing off even more! best wishes - Frances

Sandra Gifford

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Jan 18/13

Frances was great! Very informative, took us to places off the beaten path. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would do it again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind comments! Come again soon to Aruba!

Robert Holcomb

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day private tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Nov 15/12

Our tour with Frances was delightful. She is very knowledgeable and personable. She tailored the tour to accommodate both my interests and the limitations of my wife who is handicapped. We both really enjoyed our day. We couldn't recommend her more highly!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! As I mentioned to you, you are always welcome on our island and I truly hope you will be able to come back and stay longer. We can then really go on an extensive bird watching expedition ..! Most importantly though, I am pleased and grateful that you both enjoyed your short stay.

Dale Henderson

Canada
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Mar 6/12

Our experience on our tour of Aruba was fantastic! The personal touch given by our guide, Frances, made the day extremely enjoyable. Frances was very informative and her tour was tailored specifically to our interests. We would highly recommend Tours by Locals and Frances to our friends. We would not have changed a single thing.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dale and Julia for your gracious comments! We had quite some hilarious moments that day and I do sincerely hope that your day on Aruba will linger in your minds for a very long time! Come back some day and enjoy our "happy island" again, there is so much more to do and show... Best wishes - Frances

Nancy Conner

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 1/12

We loved our 4 hour Aruba tour. As people who don't walk well and had specific suggestions for the tour, we found that all our needs were met. Frances was knowledgeable about the island as well as sharing local insights. We rate it a 5 out of 5 where 5 is the best. Bob and Nancy from Cincinnati, Ohio.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bob and Nancy for your generous comments. I thoroughly enjoyed showing you around our "One Happy Island" as we all like to call Aruba. I sincerely hope that you will be able to return one day and if you do, I will be there to welcome you back. Best wishes always, Frances

Wilbur Frankum

United States
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Jan 15/12

Frances was delightful! She was punctual, informative, professional curtious, knowledgeable, but above all she gave it her all and completely filled out time on Aruba with history and local tidbits that made it a trip to remember. We will definitely use toursbylocals again and would highly recommend Frances to anyone! Max and Debby Frankum

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Max and Debby. I too, thoroughly enjoyed your company and showing you around my "Dushi Island"! (Dushi means sweet or darling in Papiamento...!) You came as strangers and left as friends. Best wishes and hope to see you again on our "One Happy Island" - Frances

Paul Hepworth

United Kingdom
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Tour: #12395, Aruba half day tour, Oranjestad, Aruba    view tour
Date: Feb 1/11

The tour was everything we could have wished for, right from the meeting arrangements. In particular we appreciated the comfortable 4 by 4 vehicle and the knowledge, friendliness and flexibility of our guide. The itinerary was well-planned with plenty of points of interest and sufficient time to spend at the various stopping points.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind comments. I too had a wonderful time showing you around our "Happy Island". It was Great! Hope to see you come back some day. Best wishes to you both. - Frances