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Know Before You Go...®

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.

Why Aruba?

  • Windsurfing especially at Fisherman's Hut or Bachelor's Beach
  • Palm Beach and the divi divi trees
  • Tierra del Sol - a world class 18-hole golf course
  • The largest natural coral rock bridge in the Caribbean
  • Shopping and casino action

Aruba Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures

Highs Lows
January 86 ° F 76 ° F
February 86 ° F 76 ° F
March 87 ° F 77 ° F
April 88 ° F 79 ° F
May 89 ° F 80 ° F
June 89 ° F 80 ° F
July 89 ° F 80 ° F
August 90 ° F 80 ° F
September 91 ° F 81 ° F
October 89 ° F 90 ° F
November 88 ° F 79 ° F
December 86 ° F 77 ° F

Average Rainfall

January 0.78
February 0.42
March 0.2
April .93
May 0.56
June 0.44
July 0.54
August 0.31
September 0.8
October 1.48
November 2.04
December 1.49
Natural Pools

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.

Historic Gold Mine

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.

Lighthouse

The lighthouse named "California" makes a great backdrop for pictures

In 1910, at Aruba's far northwestern end in an area known as "Hudishibana," a lighthouse was built. It was named "California" after a steamship which sank nearby 2 years prior to the lighthouse's construction. With stunning view of sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and the rocky coral shoreline, it's no wonder the lighthouse is one of Aruba's most popular attractions. You can't go inside, but its high seaside perch makes for beautiful pictures. It's located just a few yards from the Tierra del Sol golf course and La Trattoria el Faro Blanco restaurant which translates to "Restaurant by the White Lighthouse".

Transportation on Aruba

Getting to Aruba and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

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

Airport

Queen Beatrix International Airport

Departure Tax

$34.25 U.S

Driving

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.

Capital: Oranjestad
Population: 71,891
Size: 193 sq km, slightly larger than Washington, DC
Electric Current: 110
Time: 21:34 pm zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language: Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish
Currency: Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)
Topography: flat with a few hills; scant vegetation
Telephone: international: country code - 297