Aruba is a beautiful island in the southern Caribbean, just miles off the coast of Venezuela. The independent country has a population of about 100,000 inhabitants and spans 21 miles long. If you are traveling to Aruba, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with its history, culture and way of life. Here are just a few things you should know before traveling to Aruba.
Pack for the Weather
If you have never been to Aruba, you may not know the type of weather to expect. Like most tropical regions, Aruba stays warm year-round. You can expect temperatures in the 80s during the day with slightly cooler temperatures in the 70s at night. This means you’ll want to pack plenty of shorts, tanks and swimsuits for the trip. Also bring a light sweater on nights that may be a little cooler.
You’ll Need a Passport
You’ll want to ensure that you are prepared to enter Aruba once you arrive. While Aruba does not require a pre-arranged visa if you are from the U.S., Canada or the E.U., you will need a passport. After arriving in Aruba, you will need to go through customs and show your passport to an immigration officer. You will then receive a free visa stamp that is valid for a period of 30 days. If you want to extend your stay in Aruba, note that tourists are capped to 180 days a year.
U.S. Currency is Accepted
Aruba has its own currency which is the florin (Awg). However, most places also accept U.S. currency. If you need money while in Aruba, you can withdraw either U.S. dollars or florins from the local ATMs. You can also choose to go to a bank or casino to withdraw funds. The average rate exchange in Aruba is 1.75 to 1.80 Awg. Per U.S. dollar, depending on where you go.
Gambling is Legal
Not everyone travels to Aruba for the sun and sand. Some prefer to test their luck in the local casinos. Gambling is legal which means it’s a popular pastime. Many casinos in Aruba are open 24 hours while others open at noon and stay open late. While there are plenty of casinos to choose from, some of the most popular include the Crystal Casino at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino and the Stellaris Casino at Aruba Mariott Resort & Stellaris Casino.
The Tap Water is Safe to Drink
Many travelers are hesitant to drink tap water when traveling out of the country. However, this is not a problem in Aruba. In fact, Aruba has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world. This is because the island has been using the desalination process since 1932 which creates excellent drinking water.
Planning a Trip to Aruba
When you arrive to Aruba, you will find that most residents speak Spanish, Dutch, Papamiento, and English. In addition, most tourist staff speak English which can make the trip go more smoothly. With this information in mind, plan the most memorable trip to Aruba ever.
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