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The islands of the Caribbean are located in a region southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.
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Good to know
The crime threat in Aruba is generally considered low although travelers should always take normal precautions. There have been incidents of theft from hotel rooms and armed robberies have been known to occur.
Parents of young travelers should be aware that the legal drinking age of 18 is not always rigorously enforced in Aruba, so extra parental supervision may be appropriate.
Young female travelers in particular are urged to take the same precautions they would when going out in the United States, e.g. to travel in pairs or in groups if they choose frequenting Aruba’s nightclubs and bars, and if they opt to consume alcohol, to do so responsibly.
Medical care is good in Aruba. There is one hospital, Dr. H.E. Oduber Hospital, whose medical standards can be compared with an average small hospital in the U.S.
The hospital has three classes of services and patients are accommodated according to the level of their insurance:
The many drug stores, or “boticas” provide prescription and over the counter medicine. Emergency services are usually quick to respond.
Aruba's main thoroughfare, L.G. Smith Boulevard, is well lit and most hotels and tourist attractions can be easily located.
The one service available travels from Aruba to a tourist attraction, De Palm Island. De Palm Island is a popular spot just 5 miles from Aruba's shores and is the place for pristine snorkeling around Aruba.
Taxis are marked "TX" on the the license plates and rates are regulated by the government. Fares are not metered so passengers should verify the price before entering the taxi. Up to five passengers are allowed at the set rate. Make sure to have either small US dollars or Arubian Florins to pay the driver (no US bills larger than $20.00 bill are accepted). Taxi drivers will not accept riders without shirts or having wet or damp clothes.
Bikes and Scooters
A great way to explore the island off the beaten path. Due to high demand during peak seasons, we recommend you make a reservation (especially for motorcycles).
Driving in Aruba is on the right-hand side of the road. Local laws require drivers and passengers to wear seat belts and motorcyclists to wear helmets. Children under 5 years of age should be in a child safety seat. Right turns on red are prohibited in Aruba.
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Aruba is renowned for its white, sandy beaches on the western and southern coasts of the island, relatively sheltered from fierce ocean currents, and this is where most tourist development has taken place. The northern and eastern coasts, lacking this protection, are considerably more battered by the sea and have been left largely untouched by humans. Most of the tourists are from Venezuela and the United States.
The island’s greatest selling points are safety, friendliness, hospitality of its people and their ability to understand and speak four languages. Over 40 nationalities are represented on the island.
Need to Know
Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean sea just 15 miles northwest of Venezuela. Aruba offers mild temperatures year round with little variation and low rainfall. Aruba is flat with only a few hills, no rivers and scant vegetation. The highest point is Mt. Jamanota, 620 ft. (189M).
Port of Entry
AST (UTC/GMT - 4)
12 30 N, 69 58 W
Water: 82°- Summer; 81°- Winter
Air: 85°- Summer; 81°- Winter
Things to do and see
The stores of Aruba are stocked with imported merchandise and luxury items at excellent prices. Many stores also feature local handicrafts.
Most stores and boutiques are located in Oranjestad, but excellent shops can also be found at the larger hotels and at the airport.
Shops in the malls and shopping centers are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some stores are open on Sundays and holidays when cruise ships are in port.
Aloe is abundant in Aruba and skin care products are manufactured right on the island. Stores on the main streets are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, although some are closed for lunch between noon and 2 p.m.
Arikok National Park
The 870-acre ecological Arikok National Park covers about a fifth of the island.
Striking sunset views abound from Aruba's Hudishibana plateau.
Tandem skydive with a certified instructor.
Good for swimming
Just south of the lighthouse near the northern tip of Aruba. Windsurfing and snorkeling.
Well visited public beach for locals with gentle surf.
Located at the southeastern end of the island.
Music, luxurious floats and costumes are only some of the components of the largest Carnival parade taking place through Oranjestad on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. The parade is part of a month-long Carnival celebration of street parties, festive parades and creative contests for locals and visitors alike.
Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
The Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival is a remarkable event highlighting comedy nights and special performances. The two-night concert series takes place at the Aruba Entertainment Center in Oranjestad and has featured past performances by artists including Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Wyclef Jean, India Arie and Lauryn Hill. Annual May Event.
Annual Aruba HI-Winds Competition
Windsurfing takes place at Fisherman's Huts on Malmok Beach and kite boarding at Boca Grandi Beach across the island. Annual event in July. Website
National Anthem and Flag Day
Annual event takes place in March. Celebrations all over town. Official celebration takes place at Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad. beginning at 10am.