Why Visit Aruba
Aruba is world famous for its white sand beaches, considered to be among the cleanest and most beautiful in the region. They are also very diverse: for watersport lovers, to unwind and relax, to dance and party. Aruba has is all to please all kind of tourists.
There is nothing better than to enjoy the sunset by the beach, admiring the beautiful colors and how they blend in the horizon. Thanks to the moisture content of the tropical air here, it seems that colors are more vibrant in this “Happy Island”.
Aruba has become one of the top destinations for the foodies in the Caribbean, with a growing culinary scene and an interesting mix of cultures. Influences from Caribbean, African and European flavors create tasteful dishes with fresh ingredients and high quality.
Aruba is part of the Netherlands, but was once colonized by Spanish and British as well. The island has one of the most diverse populations in the world, with a majority of the population fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish and local Papiamento.
Aruba is fortunately located out of the hurricane belt of the Caribbean, which means there aren’t any major weather hazards, and that the sun shines all year round, with the least amount of rainfall in the Caribbean and an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit/ 27 degrees Celsius. Its constant winds put the country on the spotlight for windsurfers and kitesurfers.
What to expect
Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages in Aruba, however most arubans will speak at least four languages, including English and Spanish as well. Dutch is the sole language for most administrative and legal matters.
In Aruba the standard voltage is 120V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.
The Aruban florin is the official currency in Aruba. USD are widely accepted as well. Other foreign currencies, like euros, will be accepted in hotels and major attractions but not in minor establishments. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are easy to find. You can exchange your currency at the bank, airport, exchange houses or withdraw directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 1.80 florins (as of 2020).
Aruba has tropical weather with plenty of sunshine, heat and humidity all year round. It is outside the hurricane belt, meaning no major climate hazard will affect the island. Temperatures will range between 84 °F – 88 °F (29 °C-31 °C).
Aruba is one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean. Crimes rates are very low, and chances of something happening to tourists are rare, however, it is recommended to avoid walking alone at night outside of the tourist area / hotel complex.
Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Aruba without a visa: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana (*1), Honduras, Hong Kong (*2), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica (*4), Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (*5), Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Netherlands, The, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, St Christopher & Nevis (St Kitts), St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.
All other citizens are required to apply for a visa in advance through the embassy or consulate.
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