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Aruba Destination Guide

Windmills, lighthouses, twisted Divi Divi trees. Aruba's unique charm stems from its Dutch influence. Only 15 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba is one of the southernmost islands of the Caribbean. Cooling tradewinds generally keep the temperature a perfect 82º under beautiful sunny skies year-round. When the sun goes down, a whole different side of Aruba comes to life. Glitzy casinos offer the best of classic American and European gaming.

 

Aruba Highlights

Atlantis Submarine Expedition – You will have the opportunity to get an up close view of exotic marine life while diving to depths up to 130 feet. You’ll be amazed by the colorful schools of fish, sponge gardens, the mystical beauties of the coral fields and two sunken wrecks. This is an educational and entertaining narration told by an experienced and professional crew.

Aruba is often called the Las Vegas of the Caribbean. Aruba has 12 casinos bursting with thrilling nightlife. Aruba welcomes both veteran gamblers as well as casual players to join in on the excitement. These casinos will leave you with unforgettable thrills. Most of the casinos are located at large resorts in Palm Beach and in downtown Oranjestad. You must be 18 or older in order to enter casinos.

Aruba’s beaches consist of turquoise Caribbean waters, wide shaded expanse, quiet retreats as well as sunbathing and water sports. Much of the 7-mile strip along the coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity.

Explore the 2-mile long strip known at Palm Beach Aruba. This beach is home to glamorous high-rise hotels and scattered by water sport concessions, piers, beach bars and restaurants and shops. These calm waters make this a comfortable choice for swimmers and snorkelers. Once the sun goes down, the buzzing nightlife comes out. Clubs and casinos in Aruba offer an upbeat nightlife.

Baby Beach is the definition of a true Caribbean beach paradise. This is a half-moon sandy expanse in a calm lagoon. These waters are shallow making it a perfect beach for families with small children. Baby Beach offers a refreshment stand, beach beds, windscreens and snorkel gear are available for a rental fee. There are complimentary huts scattered throughout the beach for protection from the sun.

There is a wide variety of land adventures to take advantage of when a day away from the beach is needed.

Explore Aruba’s National Park, Arikok Park. Nearly 20% of the island of Aruba is a designated national park and home to a long list of animal species and plant life. This is a great place to go to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes by car, hike or even by horseback.

Weather in Aruba

The Aruban climate is generally sunny and warm. The average annual temperature is 83° F (27° C), and rainfall amounts to just 17 inches a year, most of which occurs during the months of October and November.

Tipping in Aruba

There is an 11% service charge on room rates. There is also a 6% government tax. The service charge of food and beverages is 10% to 15% in lieu of gratuities at the hotels.

Wedding Requirements for Aruba

Couples can have both their wedding ceremony and honeymoon in paradise. Documents must be submitted to the Office of the Civil Registry on the island via mail or in person. Certain restrictions may apply.

Airport Information for Aruba

Travel to and from Aruba uses the Queen Beatrix International Airport.

Rental Cars in Aruba

Arubans drive on the right-hand side of the road, and in order to rent a car in Aruba one must have held a driver's license for at least two years. The minimum age to rent is between 21 and 25, while the maximum age is between 65 and 70 (depending on the rental agency). A deposit of $500 US or an open signed credit card is normally required, and there is a large variety of rental agencies to choose from, including many multi-national companies such as Hertz, Avis or Budget.