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Aruba Guide

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?

  • 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.

Aruba Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures

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
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.

Scuba Diving
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.

Shopping in Oranjestad
Stroll through shops in Orangestad

In Oranjestad, head to the heart of the city where brightly painted, old Dutch colonial offer a rich shopping experience. The Royal Plaza Mall, on L.G. Smith Blvd., houses a number of shops. Next door is the 90-shop Seaport Village Mall, part of it underneath the Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino, and across the street on the piers is the Seaport Marketplace. There are also a number of shops on Main St. (Caya G.F. Betico Croes), a couple of blocks from the waterfront. Spend the day browsing these duty-free shops and you'll find locally made handicrafts, souvenirs, Cuban Cigars, Dutch Delft, Dutch Cheeses, liquor, jewelry, table linens, perfumes, leather goods, designer fashions, electronics, cameras, and more. Oranjestad can get really crowded when a cruise ship is docked, so the best time to shop is when there isn't a one in port. Most of the stores are open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., but some close between noon and 2 for lunch.

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:
14:05 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)
Tipping and Taxes:
Tipping and taxes in Aruba are an important aspect of the island's economy and culture. While tipping is not mandatory, it is appreciated and expected in most service industries. The standard tip in Aruba is 15-20% of the total bill, but this may vary depending on the quality of service. Taxes in Aruba are relatively low compared to other Caribbean countries. The value-added tax (VAT) is 6%, which is added to most goods and services. Additionally, there is a departure tax of $37.50 per person for flights leaving the island. In restaurants and bars, a service charge of 10-15% may be included in the bill, but it is still customary to leave an additional tip for exceptional service. In hotels, a 10-15% service charge is also often included, but it is recommended to leave an additional tip for housekeeping staff. It is important to note that some establishments, such as all-inclusive resorts, may have a no-tipping policy. In these cases, tipping is not necessary but may still be appreci
Dress Code:
The dress code in Aruba is typically casual and relaxed, with light and comfortable clothing suitable for the warm climate.
Topography:
flat with a few hills; scant vegetation
Telephone:
international: country code - 297