Located 15 miles north of Venezuela in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean, Aruba is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, 32°C days, and some of the friendliest people in the world. This island is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across, with a total area of 70 square miles. Aruba is located just below the hurricane belt, and unlike many islands in the Caribbean, the climate is dry, so the island rarely sees a rainy day.
Aruba is on Atlantic Standard Time.
Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S. and Canada, most other areas are 220-240 Volts)
Aruba has pure, refreshing tap water, distilled in the world's second largest saltwater purification plant, and is completely safe to drink. There is no need to buy bottled water in Aruba.
The Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) is located in Oranjestad, Aruba. It is a short 16-minute drive from the airport to Divi Village. It has flight services to the United States, most countries in the Caribbean, the northern coastal countries of South America, Canada, and some parts of Europe, notably the Netherlands. It is named after Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the now-retired Queen and former head of state of Aruba.
Aruba enjoys a consistent climate, with year-round sunshine and negligible seasonal changes. Temperatures average 32 °C / 89 °F. Annual rainfall is around 16 inches, mainly from May to October. Aruba is known for its refreshing trade winds, which peak around midday. The island is south of the hurricane belt, making direct hits from hurricanes rare.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Aruba, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure from that country.
On the south and west coasts of Aruba, you’ll find Oranjestad, the capital city, and miles of beaches that have been named some of the best in the world. Here, you’ll find most of the hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Aruba, and Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA).
Aruba has a first-class hospital just a few minutes from the hotel sector, and ALL hotels have a doctor on call 24/7. Drug stores cannot fill a prescription from a doctor who is not on the island, but will advise you on how to obtain one if necessary.
Dutch and local language of Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba, but most Arubans speak a minimum of four languages including English and Spanish.
Both the downtown harbour front area of Oranjestad and the area of Palm Beach, burst with modern colorful malls that produce a distinctive architectural trademark. The major shopping centers are: The Alhambra Shopping Mall (a short breezy walk from your Divi accommodation), Palm Beach Plaza Mall, Royal Plaza Mall, Renaissance Marketplace, Renaissance Mall and Paseo Herencia Mall.
DUTY FREE SHOPPING
Aruba’s duty-free pricing ensures that shoppers don’t pay import duties or taxes because prices are set by the manufacturer and any additional costs are absorbed by the retailer. Passengers returning to the United States and Canada are entitled to a duty-free tax exemption of $800.00 per person. For all duty-free exemptions, www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
or visit www.cbp.gov.
The official currency is the Aruban Florin (Afl). However, the best option is to take US dollars (cash or travellers cheques). The US dollar is widely accepted in shops, bars, restaurants, even by taxi drivers. All major credit cards are accepted, American Express, VISA and MasterCard.
DRIVING/GETTING AROUND ARUBA
Driving is on the right hand side of the road. International driver’s licenses are valid, and pedestrians always have the right of way. Taxis in Aruba are widely available, they do not have meters and have fixed rates set by government regulations. Taxis only accept cash. Each driver is required to carry a copy of the fare sheet. If you are in doubt, ask them to see it. Also agree upon the fare BEFORE you get into the taxi. There is also affordable and reliable daily bus service between several main districts and the hotel areas. The main bus station is located in downtown Oranjestad.
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