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Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands located in the Southern Caribbean Sea. The island is located miles off the coast of Venezuela and on clear days it is possible to see Venezuela from the south-eastern side of the island.

The Lesser Antilles are several islands extending in an arc from Puerto Rico to the north-eastern coast of South America. Some of the islands that are part of the Lesser Antilles are the Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and Bonaire.

The islands located north of the Venezuelan coast or called the Leeward Antilles. Aruba is part of this island group together with Curacao and Bonaire and a few islands of Venezuela such as Margarita Island.

Aruba is an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and has a population of approximately 104,000 inhabitants. The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, but English and Spanish are also very widely spoken.

The island is 21 miles (33 km) long, 6 miles (9 km) wide and has an area of about 75 square miles (193 square km). Aruba is mainly flat with a few hills and is renowned for its white sandy beaches.

Aruba is located south of the hurricane belt which means that it rarely rains for extended periods. The climate is mostly dry and doesn't allow for a lot of vegetation. Constant trade winds cool the island and the temperature is about 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) year round.

North coast - The north coast of Aruba is rugged terrain with all kinds of vegetation and some sand dunes. The ocean currents are much stronger here than on the west and south coast of Aruba and it not recommended to swim on this side of the island. It is very rare to have completely wind-still and calm days on the north coast. Some of Aruba's most visited sites such as the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins the Natural Bridge and the Natural Pool can also be found along the north coast.

West coast - Oranjestad, Aruba's capital named after the Dutch Royal House of Orange, is located on the west coast. On the west coast you will also find long stretches of white beaches and most of the hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Eagle Beach, named best beach in the world for a few times, is also located along the west coast of the island.

East coast - On the east side of Aruba you will find National Park Arikok. National Park Arikok covers about 18% of Aruba's total land area and offers a great variety of landscapes from caves with Indian drawings, to sand dunes and beaches, to rough hills of volcanic lava formations and the natural pool. The park also showcases a wide range of flora and fauna.

The Jamanota hill, located in National Park, is with 617 feet (188 meters) the highest point in Aruba.

South coast - The south coast of Aruba is home to Savaneta, the oldest town in Aruba and San Nicolas. San Nicolas is the second largest city in Aruba and is home to an oil refinery, which is not currently operational. In the south you will also find Baby Beach and several great windsurfing and kite surfing spots.

Information & Facts


There is no best time to visit Aruba as the weather is consistently warm year-round with a fairly constant temperature of 82°F (28°C). The best time to visit all depends on the type of vacation you are looking for.

Aruba tends to be more crowded during high season, as many visitors are trying to escape from the cold and come to Aruba for some warmth and sunshine. During this period hotel prices are higher than in low season and reservations need to be made well in advance. If you are looking for a less crowded period it is recommended to visit Aruba during low season.

High Season: mid-December until mid-April

Low Season: mid-April until mid-December

In September though the trade winds die and the temperature increases slightly. This makes the perceived temperature higher. If you don't mind the heat it is a perfect time to visit the island as the island is less crowded and special travel deals are being offered for this period.

It is important to mention that Aruba lies far outside the hurricane belt, far away from the storms. On occasions Aruba might experience some small effects of nearby tropical weather. Rain showers may occur.

Most rain is falling between October and January. However even when it rains it tends to be very short, leaving plenty of sun moments for the rest of your day.



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 resort and public areas.

Some resorts, restaurants and bars offer free Wi-Fi access to their guests; however in some resorts the free access is limited to public areas.

With Wi-Fi Aruba you can get high-speed wireless internet access on your laptop, tablet or smartphone at several hotspots on the island, including restaurants, resorts, bars and even on the beach. You can access the Wi-Fi Aruba service using a Wi-Fi prepaid card or your Credit Card. Prepaid cards are sold at Hotspots locations and Setar teleshops. Please note to save your prepaid card as the access code on the card need to be used to login again.


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.


Getting Around

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, your could rent a bicycle or motor or you could use the public bus



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.

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 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 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.

Aruba's currency is the florin denoted by the letters 'Awg.' but also widely known as 'Afl.'

The Aruban florin is divided into 100 cents and there are coins of 5, 10, 25, 50 cents, 1 florin (100 cents) as well as the 5 florin coin. The square shaped 50 cent "yotin" coin is probably Aruba's best-known coin from which many souvenirs are made while the coin itself makes a unique gift for coin collectors. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 10, 25, 50, 100, and 200 florins.




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 incidents 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



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.



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.


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