About Aruba

Our white-sand beaches, cooling trade winds and warm, friendly people are just a few reasons why so many people return to Aruba year after year. If you have not yet visited Aruba, make Green Aruba one of the many reasons to visit us!

 

Travel Information

Getting to Aruba is easy. You can take direct flights from major North American cities, or take a cruise with a southern Caribbean itinerary. Once here, you'll find friendly people, reliable transportation, safe drinking water, right-hand side driving and many of the comforts of home.

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Aruba Entry Requirements

Coming to visit our beautiful island is easy, and we look forward to greeting you.

Aruba Entry Requirements

Aruba Tourism Authority

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Fast Facts

DISTINCTIONS

"ONE HAPPY ISLAND" is more than a place – it's an ideal. Year after year, Aruba continues to attract families, couples, friends and meeting planners looking for something remarkably different from the traditional Caribbean travel experience.

Home to one of the "Top 10 Beaches in the World," Aruba is the most revisited destination in the Caribbean, with more than half of all visitors returning year after year. Adventure meets serenity on this island of contradictions – where the sun-kissed, sandy shores of the world-famous beaches intersect with the rugged desert of the northeast coast in Arikok National Park, and where Dutch influence meets American ease. Adventure-seekers bask in cool waters at the Natural Pool (Conchi) and hike through the Guadirikiri Caves and Ayo Rock Formations, uncovering history and civilization at every turn.

SETTING

Located on the outside fringes of the Hurricane Belt in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles north of Venezuela, the island of Aruba is 70 square miles, 19.6 miles long and 6 miles wide across its longest point. Aruba's 108,000 inhabitants live within six official districts including Oranjestad (city center), Paradera, San Nicolas, Noord, Santa Cruz and Savaneta. Pos Chikito is known as the island's unofficial seventh district.

365 DAYS OF SUNSHINE

The sun shines in Aruba year-around, boasting a constant 82° F temperature, low humidity and refreshing east trade wind breezes.

ACTIVITIES

Aruba's diverse geographical differences create a distinct combination of land and sea activities, unlike any others found in the Caribbean. Adventure-seekers can explore the depths of Arikok National Park's rugged and wild interior during an off-road Jeep Safari tour or by hiking, biking or horseback riding more than 20 square miles of wild flora and fauna. Aquatic adventures are abundant along the world-famous beaches, attracting windsurfers, kite surfers, sailors, snorkelers, divers and more. Vacationers craving peace and tranquility often find paradise during a rejuvenating spa treatment or strolling through downtown Oranjestad, exploring high end shopping centers, historic museums and vibrant art galleries. Island excitement continues at dusk with a variety of bars, casinos and festivals beckoning tourists and locals alike.

ATTRACTIONS

Abundant with natural beauty and historical landmarks, Aruba keeps its inhabitants and visitors sightseeing for days. Signature attractions.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Guests settle into a glamorous high-rise hotel overlooking the two-mile-long Palm Beach, opt for a stylish low-rise boutique hotel on Eagle Beach or choose one of the many luxurious villas, condominiums, beachside cottages or a quaint bed and breakfast on island.

DINING

With more than 90 nationalities on island, Aruba is at the epicenter of a cultural melting pot, offering Amerindian, Latin and European influences found in every aspect of life, from language and island events to flavor-rich cuisine. Foodies enjoy a mouthwatering assortment of culinary flavors from fresh seafood, Caribbean and vegetarian dishes, to exotic churrascaria creations and vibrant Italian, Mexican and Creole, found at more than 200 on-island restaurants ranging from local dining spots to world-class international establishments.

SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Boasting more than 50 events annually, Aruba hosts festive island celebrations for both travelers and locals to enjoy. Hosted every Thursday on Main Street in San Nicolas, the Carubbian Festival ignites Caribbean culture with Carnival parades, dancing and local culinary fare. Downtown Oranjestad comes to life each Tuesday as locals and guests join together for the Bon Bini welcome festival showcasing musicians, dancers, artists and craftsmen who parade around in their very best wares.

TIME ZONE

Atlantic Standard Time (AST). During Daylight Savings Time, Aruba is one hour later than Eastern Standard Time (EST).

LANGUAGE

Papiamento and Dutch (official languages). Spanish and English (widely spoken)

CURRENCY

The Aruban Florin, the United States dollar and major U.S. credit cards are widely accepted.

ACCESS BY AIR

Major carriers to Reina Beatrix International Airport from the United States and Canada include: Delta, American Airlines, US Airways, Jet Blue, AirTran, Spirit, Southwest, WestJet, and Air Canada.

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