Welcome to Aruba
An island for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, Aruba is a favorite of sun-seekers looking for a convenient escape that feels worlds away.
It’s a hop, skip and a short plane ride away to this popular southern Caribbean island, where you’ll fall in love with cute Oranjestad, snorkel amidst sea life and shipwrecks and ride horseback in the hills.
The beach choices are endless, from the powdery white sands that front luxury resorts to quiet, secluded coves such as Baby Beach. Explore Arikok National Park, Fontein Caves and Natural Pool, then climb the steps to iconic Hooiberg Hill. Browse art galleries and sway to the calypso beat in San Nicolas, a coastal town known for its thriving cultural scene.
Taste the flavors of Aruba’s heritage, from Dutch to Asian, African to Spanish. Then, sit back with a glass of wine and a loved one, taking in the sunset over the distant horizon.
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Need To Know
- Aruba, along with Bonaire and Curacao, are known as the ABC Islands (also formerly known as the Netherland Antilles).
- Beach tennis – a fun mix of tennis and volleyball, played on the beach – is a favorite pastime here.
- Aruba is famous for its aloe vera products. Take a tour of the Aruba Aloe factory and pick up locally made products.
- Not only is Aruba’s tap water safe to drink, it’s some of the best drinking water in the world.
Arubans speak four languages: English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento (the latter two are the country’s official languages). Papiamento is believed to have developed from Portuguese-African pidgin that was used between slaves and slave traders.
When To Go
Luckily for those seeking a Caribbean idly without the threat of hurricane, Aruba lies outside “Hurricane Alley.” The best time to visit is from April to August, when the weather is wonderful and the prices are lower than January to March.
Queen Beatrix International Airport (also known as Aruba Airport), Oranjestad
A valid passport is required to enter Aruba. Visitors receive a free visa stamp valid for 30 days. Tourist visits are limited to 180 days per year.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
No visa required for US citizens.
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Aruba: Hepatitis A, Typhoid.
Power plugs and sockets: type A, B and F. Standard voltage: 127 V. Standard frequency: 60 Hz.
Official local currency: Aruban Florin. US dollars, major credit cards and traveler’s checks widely accepted.
Options include car rental from the airport, taxi service, public transportation and shuttle service to and from hotels, resorts and attractions.
If renting a car, keep in mind that road signs in Aruba differ from those in the United States. Be sure you are familiar with the traffic rules and signs before driving.
International driver’s license or valid driver’s license held for at least two full years is required to rent a car.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Consulate General Curacao
J.B. Gorsiraweg 1,
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +599-9-510-6870
Local Visitor Info
Aruba Visitor Information Center
San Nicolas City, Main Street
Open Mon.-Fri., 9 AM-5 PM
Free walking tours Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 AM 2:30 PM
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 911
Police: Oranjestad: 100; Noord: 107; San Nicolas: 104; Santa Cruz: 105
Fire Department: 911
Coast Guard: 913
Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital: Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Boulevard 1, Oranjestad – Eagle Beach
Information number: 118
Safety and Security
Aruba ranks as one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, with low rates of violent and petty crime. Use common sense when traveling, avoid areas not well-lit after dark and keep valuables tucked away or in a safe.
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