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Useful tips when you are on vacation in Aruba:


Money matters: Aruba’s currency is the Aruban Florin (AFL or AWG). The exchange rate for 1 USD is generally 1.75 AFL and if you buy USD, the exchange rate is usually AFL 1.80. To cash travelers checks, you have to bring your identification.

A large number of ATM machines are spread throughout the island, so there is no need for you to worry about availability of the currency. A great thing about Aruba is that you can pay with USD, you do not have to change in the local Aruban Florin. You may get Aruban money back as change. The Central Bank of Aruba does not permit coin change to be given in any other currency than the Aruban currency; the exception is in the casinos. You may drop your leftover coins in the charity box at the airport. 

 

There are several banks on Aruba that can offer you their services. Banking hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. non stop, Mondays through Fridays. The Caribbean Mercantile Bank has a location at the airport, which is also open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Aruba Bank in the Mainstreet is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

 

Telephone Services: For dialing direct calls from Aruba, the code into the international circuit is 00 followed by the country code, area code and the number.  For assistance, call 121.
Aruba's International telephone country code is 297. To direct dial Aruba from the U.S., the code is 011-297- plus the number
. You can use the public phones (with Aruban calling cards) that are placed all over the island. If you want to rent a cellphone, there are several places where you go. Another good tip is to bring prepaid phones with you if your regular cell phone does not work abroad.

Post Office: The Central Post Office is located diagonally across from San Francisco Church in Oranjestad. Open from Mondays to Fridays from 7.30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. The Post office at the Royal Plaza Mall in Oranjestad is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6.45 p.m. 

Clothing tips: It is advisable to use cotton and light clothing, since the temperatures in Aruba are very high. If you go shopping, it is generally not allowed to enter shops or casino’s in your bathing suit. If you’re going on a sailing trip, or if you’re going out at night, sometimes the wind can make it bit chilly, so bring a light vest or blouse.

Drinking water: There is no need to buy bottled water, Aruba’s water from the tab is praised for its excellent quality and taste. Aruba’s drinking water flows from the world’s second largest desalinization plant. It is not only perfectly pure and safe to drink, it’s also very delicious.

Electricity: Aruba has the same voltage standard as in North America (110 volts AC). Therefore, European appliances (that use 220 volts) generally cannot be used in Aruba (unless you have a converter).

Taxis: Rates, set by the Government, are based on destination rather than mileage traveled and are for the total number of passengers in the car or van. (Click here for Taxi Rates)

Gasoline:
Gas pumps for your rental car register in liters: 1.06 quarts to 1 liter. One gallon is 3.78 liters. Prices at gas stations are in Aruba florins converted at Afl. 1.75 to US$1.00. It is not usually the custom to pump gas for oneself, please check if the attendants are to pump gas or if it is a self-service gas station. 

Safety:
Aruba has always been considered one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean, however incidents may occur. Please do not provide temptation by leaving your valuables unattended on the beach or in your rental car.

Room Taxes: Generally, there is an 11% service charge on room rates. Most hotels also apply a 6% government tax.

Service Charge: Most Aruban restaurants maintain a service charge of between 10 and 20%.

US Customs and US Immigration: Both the US immigration office as the US customs office is present at the Queen Beatrix International Airport. This is a rather unique combination to have these two US government department present at a non-US Island.

 

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