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Cruise ships arrive weekly on Aruba and over 150 flights from different cities from the United States, Canada, several countries in South America, the Netherlands, England and other Caribbean islands are welcomed on a daily basis.
Non-stop flight times to Aruba are approximately 0.5 hours from Curacao, 1.25 hour from Caracas, 3 hours from Miami, 4.25 hours from Atlanta, 4.5 hours from New York and 10.5 hours from Amsterdam.
Aruba is situated 12 degrees 30' north of the equator. The weather is tropical but not extreme, with a median and fairly constant temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius). Constant trade winds make it more comfortable during the day, however these trade winds tend to diminish slightly during the months September through December.
Aruba is a desert island and gets very little rain, but October through January tend to be the wetter months.
Aruba is a popular vacation destination and offers a large and varied choice of accommodations. Aruba's high-rise resorts are located on Palm Beach while the low-rise resorts are located on Eagle Beach. Besides the corporate and local resorts, Aruba has several apartment complexes, vacation villas or condos and timeshare rentals throughout the island.
To call the US you will need to dial 001, followed by the area code and phone number. For all other countries you dial 00, followed by the country code and phone number. There are several options for making long-distance calls such as usage of public phone boots, you could rent a cell phone or purchase a SIM card. WiFi is available in most resorts and public areas.
There is no need to buy bottled water in Aruba! Aruba's tap water is pure and refreshing, meeting the highest standards of quality of the World Health Organization.
Since Aruba does not have any significant natural sources of fresh water, the water is distilled in a saltwater desalination plant. The plant is referred to as W.E.B., which is an acronym for the Dutch Water- en Energiebedrijf (Water and Energy Company). There are many requests to tour the plant. To arrange a tour please call WEB at +297 582 4700.
Aruba decided to adopt the North American voltage standard of 110 A.C. (60 cycles), the same as in the United States and Canada. Electricity is a by-product of the water desalination process.
Aruba has its own currency called the Aruban florin, but dollars are also widely accepted on the island. The exchange rate for the US dollar range from Awg 1.75 to Awg 1.80 for one US dollar.
The official languages on Aruba are Dutch and Papiamento, but most Arubans are multi-lingual and are able to communicate in English and Spanish as well.
Aruba is in the Atlantic Time Zone and is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC -4). Aruba does not utilize Daylight Saving Time.
Aruba has something to offer for every family member, so young and old will have a great time on our island. Most resorts offer family activities and besides the beaches there are plenty of adventurous activities to entertain the kids (and their parents).
Most stores are open from Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. While most stores in the resorts and in the malls stay open later.
The large grocery stores are open from Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Opening hours of the smaller grocery stores vary.
Aruba's low season falls between April 15th and December 14th and High Season is between December 15th and April 14th (certain resorts may have slightly different seasonal rates periods).
High season is the busiest period in Aruba and several resorts will be completely booked. Due to the high demand during high season, pricing for accommodations and car rentals tend to be higher than during low season.
Tipping is not obligatory, but is at the discretion of the visitor. However, some restaurant and bars add a service charge to your bill. When included, the service charge on food and beverage is normally around 10 to 15 percent.
At one's own discretion an extra amount can be added for good service.
Aruba is considered one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean and in general is very safe at any time of the day or night.
However, as in any country rare incidents of theft may happen and it is recommended to use common sense and not provide any temptation by leaving valuables unattended or clearly visible on the beach or in your rental car.
Please contact the front desk of your hotel or apartment complex in case you require medical assistance. The front desk of your resort will be able to direct you to or arrange appointments with the right physician.
In case of an emergency you could call 911 for an ambulance or the fire department. The police can be reached at 100. Aruba has a well-equipped hospital, called the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital, located close to Eagle Beach.
On island there are also several options to move around. You could either rent your own vehicle at one of the many car rentals, there are plenty taxis to transfer you to your preferred location, you could rent a bicycle or motor or you could use the public bus.