Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
When to Go:
April through June generally has calm weather, while winter fronts (known locally as "Anchor Rattlers") are frequent in January through March. Summer months provide good diving conditions, although June-October is also hurricane season in the Caribbean, with the highest risk around September.
Marine Life Seasons:
Many fish and lobster mate in spring. Manta Rays are more common around October, and in December and January you can find massive mating schools of Nassau grouper.
When to Get the Best Deals :
Visit during off-season, between mid–April to mid–December.
What to Pack:
Pack a 3/2 mm wetsuit, sturdy shoes for hiking in the desert, sunscreen and light tropical clothing for going out at night. Aruba has some upscale nightclubs, restaurants and bars, so a nicer outfit or two is recommended. DAN card.
Seasonal averages: 26°C/79°F in winter and 29.4°C/85°F in summer.
Seasonal averages: 29-31°C/85-89°F year-round.
Aruban Florin (AFG) is the official currency of the island. US dollar is also accepted in most places.
Passport should be shown at the entry. Visa is not essential for most countries. Check with the immigration website.
A $32US departure tax is usually part of your ticket.
What to Eat:
Aruban cuisine is a fusion of African, Spanish, French, Dutch, Indian, and Chinese specialties reflecting this island’s multicultural population. Many dishes revolve around the sea – fish, conch, calamari and lobster – served with a variety of spicy sauces. You’ll also find curried goat or goat stew on many menus served with funchi (corn-meal mush) or pan bati (a pancake-like bread). Special desserts usually involve fruit and coconut.
What to Drink:
Balashi is the local beer made from Aruba’s desalinated water. Palmera is the local rum and coecoei (a liquor that looks like grenadine and tastes like tequila) is part of the famous Aruba Ariba cocktail.
A haven for duty free shopping, you can find almost any and every high end or brand name product on Aruba. Hike or mountain bike Arikok National Park and see the rock art in the Indian caves.
Customs and Culture:
Prominent Dutch influence can be seen in the architecture. American culture has also influenced the natives.
Carnival has become the prominent festival of Aruba, which takes place in January through March. The brand new Carubbian Festival, which was inaugurated in June 2011, celebrates the multicultural influences of Aruba.
Electricity and Internet:
Electricity in Aruba is 110 volts, 60 cycles. Internet service is available in most of the hotels and cyber cafes.
Drink the water?
Local water is distilled and safe to drink.
Dutch is the official language of Aruba. People also speak Papiamento, English and Spanish.