ARUBA

 

Airlines Serving Aruba

Air Canada
Air ALM
American Airlines
Continental
Delta
KLM
TWA


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Activities

Shopping (great duty-free), casino gambling, beach activities, horseback riding, kayaking, parasailing, tennis, golf, fishing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, scuba, snorkeling, hiking, exploring Oranjestad (the capital), museums, rock formations and a natural bridge, caves, the Bon Bini Festival (Tuesday evenings), dance and music clubs.  There's also an Atlantis submarine, a semi-submersible, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Car Rentals

Major rental agencies are available, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Dollar, National, Thrifty and Hedwina Car Rental.

Entry (Immigration) Requirements

Valid passport or birth certificate (raised seal, certified copy) (for US and Canadian citizens) and official photo ID.  Passports for all other nationalities. Travelers from countries belonging to the European Union also need their European Union Travel Card.

Electricity

110 volts, same as the US.  You may need adapters if you have 3-prong plugs.

Official Language

Dutch, but just about everyone speaks English.  There is also a local language called Papiamento, which is a mix of Dutch, Spanish, English, French and Portuguese, which is spoken for local conversation.

Money

US Dollars are widely accepted and there is little need for exchange to the local currency.  Local currency is the Aruban florin.  There are ATMs that will take your international cards and dispense cash in many locations near shopping and hotels.

Aruba is fairly safe, but let good sense guide you.  Keep an eye on your bags, your beach belongings, use the hotel safe, and lock your car.  The wind can be strong, so don't leave things lying about where they can blow away and get lost.

Tip taxi drivers 10% - 15%.

Many restaurants (10-15%) and hotels (11%) include a service charge on the bill. Hotels will also add a government tax to the bill, at last check this was at 6%.  10% tip is standard at restaurants if tip is not included.  Generally, one might add a bit extra above the included tip.

Airport departure tax is significant; about $34 US.  It's usually included in the ticket price you paid, however.

Weather

Low humidity, average temperature 82° F, sunny and in the trade winds, so it's quite breezy much of the time.  Aruba is not normally in the path of major hurricanes.   Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are out of the "hurricane belt" but it always pays to watch the weather for any out of the ordinary occurrences.

 


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