Thursday, June 20, 2013
Getting Around in Aruba
Aruba has a good network of roads allowing access to most places of interest. If you want to explore Aruba in air conditioned comfort you can do a lot of sightseeing by following the main paved roads, with many types of cars to choose from for this purpose. Several Aruba Car Rental companies are present at the airport where you pick up or drop off your vehicle or you can request pick-up at your hotel.
For the more adventurous, it's a good idea to rent a four wheel drive vehicle since to reach certain sightseeing excursions one must tackle what are often rugged roads not suitable for a regular car. Many 4-wheel drive cars often lack a roof, so plenty of sunblock is called for! Aruba also offers several motorcycle rental options, from scooters to Harley Davidsons.
Taxis in Aruba are also widely available, they do not have meters, have fixed rates set by government regulations. 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. Transportation between your hotel and the airport can be accomplished by charter motor coach from companies such as De Palm Tours and E.L. Tours
With an international driving license or any valid license held for at least 2 full years, you may rent and drive on the island. Minimum age 21-25 and maximum age 65-70.
Enjoy a laid-back ride on a motorcycle while you get pleasure from the changing sunset hues. Or have an adventurous trip on the country side of Aruba.
It is not customary in Aruba to hail cabs off the street by raising one's hand. In general one would phone for a taxi. Hotels, restaurants and stores are well-known to taxi-drivers.
All Buses to Malmok or Arashi stop in front of all Hotels starting with Divi Resorts. Visible on the Bus is a sign denoting the Hotel area, Hotel or town where the bus will stop.
Aruba is in the southern Caribbean, located about 17 miles north of Venezuela. Non-stop flight time to Aruba is about 2.5 hours from Miami, 3.5 hours from Atlanta, 4.5 hours from New York City.