Aruba

Aruba

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If you close your eyes and picture the perfect island, Aruba is what you'll see.

So much can be said about Aruba, it's hard to know where to start. Especially when the island offers so much contrast within itself. But if your idea of a getaway is an island with relaxing beauty by day, and electric excitement by night, you’ve found your Nirvana.

Aruba is easy to get to, especially with VIVA Travel. It has an abundance of casinos and duty-free shops.  Nice restaurants with world-class cuisine. . The beaches are beautiful, too and famous for their windsurfing. But there's something about this island that makes it truly unique.

The interior of Aruba looks like another world. The land is dry and rocky. And full of caves, cliffs, natural rock bridges, weird rock formations, even a rock forest. It's truly an incredible landscape like nothing else in the Caribbean. But you're not just in the Caribbean. You're in Aruba. And you can see the contrast.

Other things to do:

  • Play golf
  • Go horseback riding
  • See the Ameridian paintings at Fontein cave
  • Visit the nature trails at Arikok National Park
  • Examine the rock formations at Casibari and Ayo
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 78ºF (32ºC) to 82ºF (30ºC). 

Time Zone: 

Atlantic Standard Time, GMT -4

Language: 

Dutch, Papiamento

Currency: 

Aruban Florin (AWG). US Dollars (USD), traveler’s checks, and major credit cards are widely accepted. 

Electricity: 

110-120 volts. This is the same as US and Canada. 

Tipping Customs: 

Many restaurants add a 15% service fee to the bill. Tipping for taxis and other services follows US practices.

Safety: 

Aruba is generally considered quite safe.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the country. Mobile operators include Digicel and Aruba.

Smoking: 

All restaurants, casinos, and bars allow smoking. Many have nonsmoking sections. Hotels offer smoking and nonsmoking rooms.

Travel Documentation: 

All visitors from abroad must have a current passport. Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and E.U. nationals can stay in Aruba for up to one month without a visa. Timeshare and homeowners are allowed to stay up to 180 days.

Airport: 

Reina Beatrix International Airport (AUA) 

Car Rental: 

The road signs in Aruba are different from those in the US. Familiarize yourself with traffic rules and signs before driving. Roads are very slick after a rain; drive cautiously. 

Public Transportation: 

Motorcycles, Scooters, Buses, Taxi are all viable methods of transportation. Daily bus service along the hotel strip. Fare is inexpensive and averages about $2-3 USD. Buses run every 15 minutes during the day, and every 40 minutes until 11:30 pm.