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You’ll find that planning your trip to Aruba
will be a snap if you take advantage of the tips and information available under the tabs on this site. Accommodations like villa rentals, hotels, and resorts are all described in depth to make planning your stay in Aruba easier than ever. Do you need a rental car, or want to locate your villa?—there’s a tab for those tasks. While on the island you can enjoy duty-free shopping, exotic foods, and water sports of every description or just languish on the miles of white sand beaches and let your worries disappear with the tropical breezes.
- Aruba is one of the four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- The official language of Aruba is Dutch, though Papiamento is also widely spoken.
- Aruba is located just outside the hurricane belt, making it an attractive destination for travelers year-round.
- The currency of Aruba is the Aruban florin, which is pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of 1.79 AFN to 1 USD.
- Aruba is home to one of the oldest and deepest natural harbours in the Caribbean, Oranjestad Harbour.
Scuba Aruba's 7 shipwrecks
If you're into scuba diving and exploring ship wrecks, Aruba's the place to be. Scuba Diving magazine has consistently listed Aruba as a top wreck diving spot for the last 12 years. It's a feat the island takes great pride in. The 7 wreck sites that are littered along Aruba's north and western shores are a rich historical collection including a pilot boat, Convair 240, oil tanker, fuel barge, steamship and freighters. With so many dive sites, there's something for all experience levels.
Dive off rocks into the natural pools
You'll have to venture off the beaten path, down a rocky, rough "road" (for lack of a better word) to find Aruba's natural pools, but the treacherous drive is well worth it. Hike down the steep stairs, climb over the slippery rocks and you'll find waves crashing over the top and cascading into beautifully protected pools, or "conchi" called "Cura di Tortuga". Climb up another level into a small "hot tub" where the water is warmer and the view amazing. It's fun to dive in from the rock cliffs. It's also a great place to see tropical fish, so bring your snorkel gear and a disposable waterproof camera. Again, these natural pools are a bit hard to find but there are small signs along the way. You can also find horseback and ATV tours to the pools. A great option if your rental car doesn't have 4-wheel drive. Don't forget your water shoes! Some of the rocks are sharp. Your feet will thank us.
Explore Aruba's historic gold mines
During the gold rush in the 19th century, a treasure island was discovered and named "Oro Ruba", which means "red gold". Now called Aruba, this island was ascended upon by adventurers in search of gold and wealth. In 1824, gold was finally discovered and the industry there produced more than 3 million pounds of gold over the years that followed. Today, that history can be explored at two gold mines on the island -- Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins and Balashi Gold Mill Ruins. Remnants of this colorful history is still visible today.
Transportation on Aruba
Getting to Aruba and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.
US Citizens need a valid USA passport.
Airlines Flying Here
American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines, United, US Airways
Air Canada, Avianca, Copa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Surinam Airways
Queen Beatrix International Airport
On the right - need to show driver’s license to rent a car.
Aruba Weddings and Honeymoons
Vacationers don’t just stay in Aruba villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Civil ceremonies held weekday mornings at the islands’ Town Hall. Private ceremonies can be held elsewhere.Cost: Documents Required: Couples must present a marriage license, an original birth certificate, and copies of passport ID pages for the couple a
Know Before You Go...® - Aruba Travel Tips
Before making their way to Aruba villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Aruba even more relaxing.