Aruba Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know
Looking to visit Aruba on your next vacation? Aruba is an incredible island filled with incredible things to do, but there are a few things you will want to know before you go!
Aruba Travel Tips
You Can Drink The Water
Unlike many tropical destinations, the water in Aruba is pure. There is no reason to purchase bottled water. Thanks to their desalination plant, all water is clean straight from the tap! The plant takes the saltwater and distills the saltwater into fresh drinking water for the entire island.
Trusted Travel Girl Aruba Travel Tip: Bring a refillable water bottle so you don’t have to buy bottled water. Plastic bottles won’t stay cold, so an insulated bottle is perfect for your Aruba vacation!
Aruba is Home to one of the Top Beaches in the World
Don’t miss Eagle Beach! Eagle Beach is the third best beach in world according to TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveler Awards. It’s easy to see why, with the white sand beaches littered with divi-divi trees, and turquoise waters– what’s not to love?
Should You Rent A Car in Aruba?
One of the best Aruba travel tips I can offer is to rent a car. Renting a car is the cheapest and easiest option, especially if you want to explore the island on your own. There is a ton of cheap or free parking, and you won’t spend much petrol (gasoline) because the island is rather small. Taxi prices in Aruba are quite expensive and are set by the government, making it impossible to haggle for a better deal with the drivers.
The other way to get around without a car and taxi would be by bus like many of the locals, but this is not the most convenient or enjoyable way to spend time on your vacation.
Although the main language is a local language called Papiamento, everyone speaks English, as well as Spanish and Dutch. This makes getting around and communicating extremely easy for travelers!
This Aruba travel tip is going to make any traveler jump for joy. You can leave your umbrella at home, just take the sunscreen. It almost ever rains in Aruba. The average temperature is around 82 degrees Fahrenheit nearly year-round. Thanks to the trade-winds, you will never feel overwhelmingly hot. Just be sure to pack your sunblock!
Trusted Travel Girl Aruba Travel Tip: The trade winds keep the island cool, but can also make you get burned easier because you don’t feel the heat so bring sunscreen!
I hope you love fresh fish if you are heading to Aruba, because it’s some of the best. While in Aruba, my suggestion is to ALWAYS choose fresh fish. The fish is caught daily and always a delicious choice! My favorite spot on the island was Zeerovers. They serve two choices of their fresh catch of the day, along with fries, and plantains. It’s a local’s spot, but now filled with travelers as well!
Aruba is located outside of the hurricane belt, which means there is almost never a storm on the island. This is important to know when booking Caribbean travel, because often times it is best to avoid destinations during hurricane season. Not in Aruba, they almost never see hurricanes and it’s sunny nearly every day!
Aruba receives more repeat visitors than any other Caribbean island — everyone seems to love Aruba. In fact, 60% of their travel business is repeat travelers! Why is this a good travel tip? If you are deciding between several Caribbean destinations, you may want to let the statistics sway your decision to book Aruba!
Costs and Currency
Although you can take out the local currency, it’s probably easier to use USD during your visit to Aruba. I’m a big fan of using local currency even if that destination accepts USD, but I couldn’t even find a use for it in Aruba!
Restaurant Service Charges
Although you won’t find many scammers in Aruba, like you will in many other countries, I consider the standard 15% service charge at restaurants to be something to look out for.
On almost all restaurant bills, you will find a 15% service charge added to your bill. If you ask your server if this is their gratuity, they will say it is not. This will encourage you to leave another 15-20%. The 15% is indeed their tip. This tip will be added into their paycheck.
If service is exceptional, go ahead and leave a little extra if you like, but do not feel you need to tip on top of this service charge.