Aruba Travel Guide & Information

Located in the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean, Aruba has long been known as a premier tourist destination. Warm tropical breezes, sun drenched beaches and perfect weather, are just few of the things that you can find in abundance during your visit to Aruba. Travel to Aruba, a destination that attracts close to 1MM visitors and cruise passengers per year, and ranks as one of the Caribbean's most popular vacation spots.

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Flights to Aruba gives you access to an amazingly diverse experience and an exciting destination. Travelers to Aruba will appreciate all that this destination has to offer: sunbathing, world-class windsurfing and waterskiing by day, and nightclubs, cabarets, dinner shows and high-stakes gambling at night.

Visitors flock to Aruba for its sunny climate, perfect waters and excellent beaches. First-class resorts offer gambling casinos, shopping and dozens of opportunities for fine dining, all add to the charm of this popular destination in the Caribbean.

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Things to do in Aruba

Beaches:

AVacation to Aruba and experience unforgettable beaches.

Eagle Beach: Eagle Beach is a beach and neighborhood in Oranjestad. The neighborhood is famous for its many low-rise resorts and wide public beaches. The beach has soft white sand and has been rated one of the best beaches in the world. You can choose to relax under a palm tree or see the colorful fishes while snorkeling. Those looking for more fun can also take a cruise on one of the local catamarans.

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Palm Beach: Palm Beach runs along the best high rise resort hotels and time shares on the island. Palm Beach Aruba is great for swimming, tanning, fishing, sailing and snorkeling. Visitors to Palm Beach are sure to be mesmerized by its turquoise blue, calm waters, making it a comfortable haven for swimmers and snorkelers.

Baby Beach: Baby Beach is a shallow, sheltered man-made lagoon on the southeast end of the island of Aruba, frequented by locals and tourists alike. The beach has been named so because of the calm waters and snorkeling at this location, which is also great for children or travelers new to the activity. Marine life includes barracuda, squid, parrot fish, blowfish, angel fish, eels, snakes and a lot of other small fish, although the range of most of these animals is limited to the inlet.

Must See:

Aruba is overflowing in world class attractions and activities beyond beaches.

Ayo Rock Formations:are located on the island of Aruba in the Caribbean. The monolithic boulders of Aruba’s Ayo Rock Formations look like something straight out of a movie set. Covered in petroglyphs, images carved in rock, they were once the home of the island’s early inhabitants.

Hooiberg: is a 168 m high volcanic formation on the island of Aruba, located almost in the center of the island and can be seen from virtually anywhere on the island .Visitors looking for adventure can choose to climb Hooiberg, Aruba's famous mountain, which offers great panoramic views that extend as far as Venezuela on a clear day. The Dutch word Hooiberg, literally translates into “Haystack” in English. There are 562 concrete steps that lead to the top of the mountain.

Arikok National Park: Arikok National Park encompasses a significant chunk of the interior and a long stretch of the northern coast. The park has miles of well-marked hiking trails and this is the best way to discover this attraction. First designated as an important national area in the 1980s, Arikok National Park is home to popular hiking trails, covering all kinds of terrain, from hills to gold mines and even plantation ruins.

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Where to Stay in Aruba:

Being a premier destination, visitors looking for hotel resorts, beach hotels, spa hotels, hostels, cheap hotels and 4-Star Hotels Under $99 will find it in Aruba.

Palm Beach : Palm Beach is home to most of Aruba's largest resorts. The area has some of the most world renowned hotel chains. If you're looking for a resort with multiple restaurants, shopping and activities and all within easy walking distance, one of these chains would be your best choice. If you’re interested in snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and other outdoor adventures on the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea, then Palm Beach will not disappoint. The area also offers small specialty shops, restaurants, nightclubs and excellent multiplex theaters.

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Eagle Beach : Budget vacationers can choose to stay in quaint, charming, smaller hotel located throughout the Eagle Beach Area. Visitors looking for a quiet, calm and relaxed vacation, yet still be centrally located will love this area. It’s also very affordable. Eagle Beach is home to the island's jet ski operations, banana boats and more.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information to Aruba, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* All U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport for all air travel, including to and from Aruba.

* Visitors to Aruba may be asked to show onward/return tickets, proof of sufficient funds and proof of lodging accommodations for their stay.

* Visit the web site for the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Aruban Department of Immigration for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Netherlands.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

* Canadians must also have proof of sufficient funds in order to buy a return airline ticket.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Aruba.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Aruba

Aruba is below the hurricane belt and ensures year round warm weather with constant cooling trade winds, making every season a good time to visit Aruba.

However, the period of December to mid April is the high peak travel time, as many people from the north flock to Aruba, to escape the cold and chilly winters.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to Mid April)

Low season: (June to August)

Aruba Weather

With an average temperature of 82°F, Aruba is kept relatively cool by the constant trade winds. Rainfall is infrequent, but likely to occur between October and January.

* The weather is tropical, but not extreme.

* The temperature vary from day to night and from summer to winter, by only about 3-6° F. The average rainfall in Aruba is less than 20 inches per year.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The US Dollar is widely accepted and can be exchanged in banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveler’s cheques in US Dollars.

Languages:

* The official language of Aruba is Dutch, but most Arubans are fluent in several different languages, including English and Spanish.