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Frequently Asked Questions

What accommodation options are there in Aruba?

There are Aruba accommodations for every budget, every family size and every length of stay. Aruba offers full-featured hotels, apartment resorts, all-inclusive resorts, vacation rentals as well as timeshare resorts. Please also see our Aruba hotel map with the location of all Aruba hotels and resorts.

Where are the Aruba restaurants?

Restaurants in Aruba are to be found in various locations. However there is a large concentration of them in two main areas, one being the Palm beach hotel area and the other being downtown Oranjestad. Please see our Aruba restaurant map for a complete overview of all major restaurants in Aruba.

Do I need a visa to travel to Aruba?

This depends on your country of citizenship. More information is available on our Aruba entry requirements and visas page.

Where is Aruba?

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. Please see our 'Where is Aruba?' page for more information.

Is there an Aruba map?

You can see a road map on our Road Map page. We also have an Aruba hotel map highlighting all Aruba hotels and resorts, an Aruba beach map, and an Aruba diving map.

Where can I find an Aruba hotel map?

Please check our Aruba hotel map page.

Where are the Aruba beaches?

Aruba has beautiful white sandy beaches at various points on the island's coastline. Each has different characteristics and attractions. Please see our aruba beaches page for complete information. We also have a convenient Aruba beach map outlining the locations of Aruba's most most popular beaches.

How is Aruba's weather?

Aruba weather is tropical but not extreme, with a median temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius). Rainfall averages about eighteen inches a year, with October, November, December and January accounting for most of it. Rain tends to be erratic and come in short-lived showers. It is important to mention that Aruba lies south of the general hurricane paths and usually only experiences fringe effects of nearby tropical weather. See current Aruba weather or learn more about the climate and weather of Aruba.

Can I go fishing in Aruba?

There are several ways to fish in Aruba. One can take a deep-sea fishing charter, or simply pick locations for fly fishing. More information is available in our Aruba fishing section.

Are there topless beaches in Aruba?

Topless in Aruba is not illegal, there is no specific law against it, but it's not permitted on public beaches. There are two private beaches where this is allowed, namely on Renaissance island & De Palm island. Manchebo Beach Resort and Bucuti Beach Resort cater to Europeans. They have separate areas where Europeans go topless, but they are not allowed to walk on the beach topless.

What are the Aruba visa requirements?

More information is available on our Aruba entry requirements and visas page.

What are the Aruba entry requirements?

More information is available on our Aruba entry requirements and visas page.

What are the dates of high season and low season?

Aruba's high season is between December 15th and April 14th and the low season is from April 15th to December 14th.

Do I need a passport to travel to Aruba?

In most cases passports are required. Since June 1, 2009, all travelers from the US must present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport or a passport card for re-entry to the United States. More information is available on our Aruba entry requirements and visas page.

Is there a travel packing list for Aruba?

A very convenient packing list compiled by a seasoned Aruba traveler can be downloaded from our Aruba packing list page.

What is the Aruba currency?

The currency of Aruba is the florin, denoted by the letters 'Afl.' , divided into 100 cents. It is also referred to as the guilder denoted by the letters 'Awg.' The rate of exchange with the US dollar is Afls 1.77 for cash and Afls. 1.79 for checks. Traveler's checks are widely accepted.

Can I get married in Aruba?

Yes, legal civil marriages are performed in Aruba at the Civil Town House. It is also quite common for couples to have a beach blessing once they have been legally married in Aruba or in their home country. More information is available in our getting married in Aruba page.

What are the Aruba travel requirements?

More information is available on our Aruba entry requirements and visas page.

What is the Aruba language?

The mother-tongue of Aruba is Papiamento. It is a language evolved from several older languages as most languages today have done. Being part of the kingdom of the Netherlands means that Dutch is an official language and widely spoken, with Papiamento being the commonly used language among locals. Please see our Aruba language page for more information.

Where should I stay in Aruba?

There are Aruba accommodations for every budget, every family size and every length of stay. Aruba offers full-featured hotels, apartment resorts, all-inclusive resorts, vacation rentals as well as timeshare resorts. Please also see our Aruba hotel map with the location of all Aruba hotels and resorts.

What is there to do in Aruba?

Aruba offers a varied choice of things to do. Some people simply want to spend a lot of time on Aruba's beautiful beaches, but there are attractions and activities in Aruba for all tastes. Aruba also offers several island tours and day trips plus various shopping locations, a bustling nightlife and a dizzying array of world-class restaurants.

What time zone is Aruba in?

Aruba's Time zone is GMT -04:00 (Caracas, La Paz) without daylight savings. Florida is GMT -05:00 so that would make Florida 1 hour behind our time, depending on daylight savings in your zone.

Do US cell phones work in Aruba?

US cellphones will work in Aruba. However please keep in mind that if you retain your own US SIM card you may incur considerable roaming fees from your US cellphone company, you should call to see if they offer coverage in Aruba and what it would cost. Consider renting a cell phone or SIM card to use with your own cellphone if your cellphone company does not offer coverage in Aruba. Please also keep in mind that the voltage in Aruba can be as high as 127 volts, so you would need to make sure that your charger can handle this voltage. There are no area codes in Aruba, so just dial the phone number directly without any prefixes. To call the United States from Aruba dial "00" (international prefix to dial outside of Aruba), then dial "1" (international code for the U.S.). and then the area code and phone number you wish to connect to.

Where can I find Aruba restaurant menus?

VisitAruba.com has an extensive guide to Aruba restaurants, which are numerous and varied in cuisine and ambiance. Please visit our guide to Aruba restaurants for complete information including a detailed Aruba restaurant map.

Where can I find Aruba restaurant reviews?

You can find Aruba restaurant reviews in our Aruba restaurants section.

Are there Aruba all inclusive resorts?

Yes, Aruba has several all-inclusive resorts. Please see our Aruba all inclusive resorts page for more information.

Can I get discounts on my Aruba vacation?

Yes you can! The best way to get great Aruba discounts and special offers is to apply for your own personalized VisitAruba Plus discount card. Using the card you can save money at more than 150 participating locations in Aruba. In most cases, by using your card just once you will have recovered the cost, and after that it's pure savings over and over again since you can use it as many times as you like and always receive the discounts. More information is available on the VisitAruba Plus website.

How can I get a road map of Aruba?

You can see a road map on our Road Map page. We also have an Aruba hotel map highlighting all Aruba hotels and resorts, an Aruba beach map, and an Aruba diving map.

Where can I request Aruba brochures?

You can request brochures via our contact form and these will be automatically forwarded to the Aruba Tourism Authority for handling.

Where can I find reviews of Aruba hotels and resorts?

You can find reviews of Aruba hotels and resorts on the resort-detail pages which contain the latest TripAdvisor reviews for those properties.

I'm a student: where can I find more affordable accommodations?

Students should consider an apartment or guesthouse rather than a hotel. The apartments in general are cheaper than hotel rooms and it will be very difficult to get anything cheaper than these - especially in high season. Aruba's high season is between December 15th and April 14th and the low season is from April 15th to December 14th.

Are there hotel rooms equipped for the physically challenged?

In general hotels have ground floor rooms with doors wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Most properties have wheelchairs and canes available. Please make sure to contact your Aruba hotel for more information.

Where can I find information about vacation rental properties?

You can find information on our Vacation Rental pages.

Where can I find information about real estate in Aruba?

Please visit our Aruba Real Estate website http://www.arubarealestate.com. There you can find a searchable database of houses, apartments and office space for sale or for rent. There is also information about land for sale. You can also find a lot of useful information about Aruba, including relocation information as well as information about Real Estate agents and brokers.

Where can I find information on activities for vacationing with a family?

For information on family oriented packages please visit our One Happy Family page.

Where can I find information about Deep Sea Fishing?

You can find information on our Deep Sea Fishing page.

Where can I play golf in Aruba and what can you tell me about the golf courses?

There is one golf course in Aruba that is regularly maintained. It is the Tierra del Sol golf course. You can rent clubs and carts there. For further information on pricing and charges for using the course you can email Tierra del Sol themselves at mailto:tdsgolf@setarnet.aw. Their telephone number is (297) 5860978 and fax is (297) 5860671. The course is about a 10-minute drive from the high-rise hotels. Tierra Del Sol was designed by Robert Trent Jones III - here's some more info about it:
Yardage:
Men - 6,503 (regular) / 6,811 (championship) Ladies - 5,002
Par:
18 holes=71
Cart Fees:
Included with green fees
Practice Facility:
Driving Range Putting green
Practice Balls:
bag of 40 balls (included with green fees)
Lessons:
Charge per half-hour
Club Rentals:
Titalist alloway
Shoe Rental:
Yes
Bag Storage:
Yes
Clubhouse:
Ventanas Del Mar restaurant (serves breakfast, lunch dinner) International Cuisine. Also open to the general public.
Facilities:
Golf Shop,Ladies Gents locker rooms, 4 water stations on the course,2 restroom facilities on the course
Beverage Cart:
2 (serves liquor, beer, sodas, juices, bottled water, coffee, danish pastries sandwiches)
Open:
Daily
Tee Times:
7am - 4:50pm
Reservations:
Advance tee times through Hyatt Regency, Marriott Resorts, Renaissance Resorts, Divi Aruba, Hilton Aruba Resort 48 hours in advance through the Golf Shop
Golf Pros:
3
Caddies:
Not available.

Are there places in Aruba suitable for surfing?

In general the beaches in Aruba do not have breakers big enough for this - however on several beaches on the North coast, such as Andicuri and Wariruri types of surfing such as bodyboarding and kitesurfing are very popular.

Where can I find information on windsurfing and kitesurfing in Aruba?

You can get in touch with Wim Eelens at Aruba Boardsailing. He is one of the persons who is involved in the famous annual Aruba Hi-Winds Windsurfing and Kitesurfing tournament and aside from renting equipment, Aruba Boardsailing also provide windsurfing and kitesurfing tuition.

Where can I get information on doing business in Aruba?

You can get information on doing business in Aruba in our Aruba business section.

What are the requirements to set up a corporation in Aruba?

Before starting its business operations, a corporation must apply for the following licenses:

A business license

This allows the company to start and maintain a business in Aruba. Applications must be directed to the Minister of Economic Affairs.

A director's license

Must be sought for each of the company's foreign managing directors, allowing him/her to act on behalf of the company. Applications must be directed to the Minister of Economic Affairs.

A residence and work license

Must be sought for any foreigner to be employed by the company, who intends to take up residence in Aruba.

The application for a business license has to be done with: Directie Economische Zaken
L.G. Smith Boulevard 160
Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel:(297) 5821181
821942 Fax:(297) 5834494

After the application is presented on sealed paper (obtainable with the post office and Board of Taxes) to Economic Affairs you are called to give further information on:

  • the proposed activities of the company
  • the number of employees
  • the projected investment
  • the location of the company curriculum vitae of the managing director(s), stockholder(s) or owner(s)

The remaining documents e.g. permits for different branches, work and residence permit, proof of registration in the Census Office Upon receipt of confirmation of the business license, a confirmation fee has to be paid. It is recommended to allow ample time for the application. As it is forbidden to establish a business without a license, authorities can close down the company with immediate effect.

There are also moratoriums on certain businesses. With this in mind, it would be a good idea to contact the Chamber of Commerce - you can see all the details here.
Should you decide to contact them, we would appreciate it very much if you were to mention that you were referred to them by the Visit Aruba website.

Please also check the Aruba Business Directory - the database may contain certain categories that are relevant to your investigations. Searching under one or more of them will give you an idea of the number of similar business there are (if any!) and also company names, addresses and telephone numbers that may be useful to you.

What is the legal age for entering casinos and for drinking in Aruba?

The legal age for entering casinos and for drinking is eighteen (18) years. A casino, bar or nightclub etc. has the right to ask for a valid I.D.

What is the 15% service charge and should one leave tips?

The 15% service charge added to your bill is a gratuity divided among service and kitchen staff according to a point system and is part of their salary. However please feel free to tip where individual service has been excellent.

Where can I find information about entertainment in Aruba for teenagers?

During the day there is quite a variety of watersports. If you are interested in scuba diving there are several opportunities to learn how to scuba dive. Many other watersports are also available such as parasailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, jetskis etc. If your age restricts you from renting a jeep (although perhaps you could still enjoy this with an older person) you could still get around on a four wheeling tour (ATV) or on horseback. As regards nightlife, to enter most nightclubs and bars you need to be 18 or older, but there are places where you can go in the hotel area where you can also enjoy live music most days.

Where can I find a list of events in Aruba?

Please refer to our Calendar of Events section where you can search for events on a specific day, by date range or by name.

Are there any special events in Aruba for singles?

Occasionally there are 'singles nights' organized at popular nightspots. Please refer to our Calendar of Events section where you can search for events on a specific day, by date range or by name.

Where can I get the recipe for the Aruban cocktail "Aruba Ariba"?

You can get the recipe for the Aruban cocktail "Aruba Ariba" at the Aruba Cocktails page.

Can one swim with dolphins in Aruba?

There is no seaquarium or dolphinarium in Aruba, however, in Curacao they do have a Seaquarium and allow swimming with Dolphins and also with Sharks. In Aruba in general there has been a lot of resistance to organizations who contemplated keeping dolphins in captivity for public entertainment, which explains the lack of such establishments.

What is the amount of departure tax in Aruba?

Aruba's Departure Tax or Passenger Facility Charge is US $36.75 for US-bound passengers. The Aruba airport has US pre-clearance, however it is not possible to transfer directly to a US-bound flight. A transferring passenger must follow full check-in procedures for the connecting flight and therefore pays the same charges as passengers originating from Aruba. If in transit in Aruba for less than 24 hours, these charges are waived for any passengers transferring to non-US bound flights.

What is the maximum length of stay in Aruba?

The maximum length of stay for U.S. citizens traveling to Aruba is 3 months (for other countries it is 2 weeks). In order to receive an extension on the 3 months, special permission must be requested from the Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs. Also, anyone traveling to Aruba must be in possession of a round-trip ticket or a document stating departure from Aruba on a specific date.

What are the passport requirements?

Regulations vary depending on your nationality. You can find information about what the requirements are on our Aruba entry requirements and visas page.

Children under the age of 18 not traveling with parents must have an original birth certificate or a certified copy of birth certificate AND a notarized letter of permission signed by BOTH parents or a Sole Custody or Father Unknown document.

Which countries require a visa for Aruba?

Nationals of one of the following countries need a visa to travel to Aruba:
Afghanistan Egypt Maldives Saudi Arabia
Albania Equatorial Guinea Mali Senegal
Algeria Eritrea Marshall Islands Serbia
Angola Ethiopia Mauritania Sierra Leone
Armenia Fiji Mauritius Solomon Islands
Azerbaijan Gabon Micronesia Somalia
Bahrain Gambia Moldova (Rep. of) South Africa
Bangladesh Georgia Mongolia Sri Lanka
Belarus Ghana Montenegro Sudan
Benin Guinea Republic Morocco Swaziland
Bhutan Guinee-Bissau Mozambique Syria
Bolivia Haiti Myanmar
Bosnia-Herzegovina India Namibia Tajikistan
Botswana Indonesia Nauru Tanzania
Burkina Faso Iran Nepal Thailand
Burundi Iraq Niger Togo
Cambodia Jamaica Nigeria Tonga
Cameroon Jordan North Korea Turkmenistan
Cape Verde Islands Kazakhstan Northern Mariana Isl. Tunisia
Central Africa Rep. Kenya Oman Turkey
Chad Kiribati Pakistan Tuvalu
China (People's Rep.) Kuwait Palau Uganda
Colombia Kyrgyzstan Palestinian National Authority Ukraine
Comoros Isl. Laos Papua New Guinea United Arab Emirates
Congo (Brazzaville) Lebanon Peru Uzbekistan
Congo (Kinshasa) Lesotho Philippines Vanuatu
Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Qatar Vietnam
Cuba Libya Rwanda Yemen
Djibouti Macedonia Russian Federation Zambia
Dominican Republic Madagascar Samoa Zimbabwe
East Timor Malawi Sao Tomé and Principe

What are the requirements for civil marriage in Aruba?

Civil marriage on Aruba is allowed only if one of the partners is an Aruban resident and/or one of the parties has been a resident for at least six months. You can arrange religious wedding ceremonies, provided that you are legally married within your own country and that the proper officials in Aruba are contacted in advance.

What are the requirements for a catholic wedding?

The prospective bride and groom should have attended pre-wedding preparation at their parish. They should bring along a permit to get married in Aruba from their priest. They should bring an official form stating that neither of them have ever been married in church. The couple should be married by Government ceremony in their country. The couple should contact one of the following priests BEFORE coming to Aruba:

Father Ray Nares
St. Franciscus Parish,
Irausquinplein 3,
Oranjestad, Aruba.
Tel: (297) 5821434

Father Anthony L. Boks
St. Anna Parish
Noord 16,
Oranjestad, Aruba.
Tel: (297) 5871409
Fax: (297) 5878554

The minimum donation to the church is US $70.
No weddings can be held outside of the church building.

What are the requirements for a protestant wedding?

Please note that non-Protestants can be married by the Protestant Church. The prospective bride and groom should marry before civil authorities in their country. In the U.S., that would be a justice of the peace or a municipal judge; in Japan, that would be a prefect; in Europe, that would be the official connected with the local town hall administration in charge of weddings. They should bring along their wedding certificate or a similar official document verifying that they have been married according the the law of their country.

In order to make the necessary preparations for the wedding ceremony before coming to Aruba, contact:

Pastor Anthony van der Doel PhD,
Bilderdijkstraat 7, Aruba
Tel: (297) 5821435 (church), or (297) 5821961 (home)

The ceremony can be conducted in one of the church buildings, at the host hotel, on the beach, or anywhere the couple prefers. The ceremony fee is U.S. $200, which includes a wedding certificate. Non-Protestants can be married by the Protestant Church.

What are the requirements for a Jewish wedding?

It will be necessary to submit a verification of Judaism for both partners from the rabbi of their home town. Also a petition to the Aruba Jewish Community should be submitted to the following address:

Israelische Gemeente-Bet Israel
A. Lacle Blvd. 2,
Box 2,
Aruba
Tel: (297) 5823272
You can also contact the Aruba Tourism Authority in Atlanta for further information on getting married in Aruba.

What are considered to be Aruba's most romantic spots?

The scenic vistas of the California Lighthouse, which looks out over Aruba's windward coast and the rugged California dunes from the nothwestern tip of the island.

The intimate beauty of Baby Beach, at the southeastern tip of the island. A stunning spot for a private beach rendezvous.

The dazzling beauty of the waters of Arashi Beach, on the northern side of the island. A beautiful snorkeling site.

The exotic sand dunes of Boca Prins, on the northeastern shore.

The tropical surrounds of Andicouri, a coconut grove and picnicking spot with a magnificent island view.

The private coastal islands of Sonesta and De Palm.

The secluded cove of Spanish Lagoon, once the haunt of early island pirates.

The wonder of the Natural Bridge, with the surf pounding against the rocks or dipping into the Natural Pool, or Conchi.

Under a Divi tree at sunrise, sunset, or any other time.

The broad panorama from Yamanota Hill, the highest point on the island.

Can a person with a felony record be turned away from entering Aruba by immigration?

As per the Immigration law as long as a crime is not committed on Aruba, someone with record is free to enter.

Are there any inoculation requirements for traveling to Aruba?

The Ministry of Health of Aruba established that, as of March 1, 2018, the requirement for the Yellow Fever Vaccine proven by an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) will enter into force for all passengers entering the island from endemic areas.The vaccine is mandatory for all passengers arriving from Central American, Latin American and African (high risk) countries. Please view a list of the specific countries and more detailed information here: https://www.airportaruba.com/yellow-fever. Currently there are no vaccination, inoculation or immunization requirements for any other countries. However, it is recommended you and your children are up to date on all routine immunizations according to schedules approved by the However, it is recommended you and your children are up to date on all routine immunizations according to schedules approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP).

What restaurants have gluten free menu or food?

Please see below a list of restaurants that would be able to accommodate a gluten free menu.

Texas De Brazil- filet mignon. Everything is cooked on a skewer over a flame. Email them first.
Westin Hotel - Pago Pago
Tony Roma's (get gluten-free menu from website first)
Flying Fishbone - Email them first.
Le petit cafe ( cook your own meal on a stone). Email them first.
Yemanja Specialties of Yemanja - Gluten free or any other allergic diets
Linda's Dutch Pancakes & Pizza
Mango Restaurant at Amsterdam Mannor

Is it possible to enter Aruba holding a Schengen Visa?

You can only use the Schengen Visa if you reside in Europe. If you reside outside of Europe you cannot use the Visa to enter Aruba.

For more information please call Immigration department on Aruba +297 582 7155.

I would like to check on how long I can stay in Aruba per year?

As a tourist one can stay 180 days per calendar year.

How can I request specials meals at my resort to meet my dietary needs?

Special meals can be requested by contacting the resort in advance.

What are the regulations for importing medicines to Aruba?

The Inspectie voor Geneesmiddelen can be contacted for information about import regulations of medicines. The Inspectie voor Geneesmiddelen need to receive a signed letter from the treating physician at the community center with the following information:

  • Information about the patient
  • List of medication
  • Contact information (address) in Aruba
  • Travel dates
  • If the methadone will be imported to Aruba
  • If the methadone needs to be provided to the patient in Aruba

Contact information Inspectie voor Geneesmiddelen:
Phone: (+297)526-2160

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