Aruba Vacation Tips for First Timers

By: Leah Shoup

You’ll most likely want to rent a car.

Although some tourists use public transportation, we highly suggest renting a car. This way, you’re free to explore the island at your own speed.

You don’t have to stay at a resort or hotel.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort and the Aruba Marriott Resort are great, but there are also affordable rentals near Palm Beach or Eagle Beach.

Flamingo beach is in Aruba, and you’ll want to visit!

When staying at Renaissance Aruba Resort, the entrance to Renaissance Private Island is included. If not, you’ll need to secure island passes.

Escape the crowds away from the cruise ports.

Aruba is a top travel destination for cruises. So, leave Oranjestad for tranquil beaches (for example, Baby Beach, Rodgers Beach, etc.).

18% of the entire island comprises a national park.

Visiting Arikok National Park is one of the best things to do on the island–home to the Fontein Cave and the Natural Pool (Conchi).

Americans don’t need to exchange money before their Aruba trip.

The local currency is the florin, but U.S. dollars and major credit cards are also widely accepted on One Happy Island.

Many Arubans speak English!

You shouldn’t have any problems communicating on your visit since most Arubans are multilingual. However, you could always learn some Papiamento phrases!

You won’t have to worry about hurricane season.

When planning an Aruba vacation, you likely won’t have to worry about hurricane season thanks to its location outside of the hurricane belt.

Wearing sunscreen is 100% necessary.

As with other Caribbean islands, you don't want to forget sunscreen on your packing list! After all, Aruba is near the equator.

When leaving, get to the airport early.

The Aruba airport has pre-clearance for travelers flying to the United States. You’ll pass through customs before boarding your flight.

You can drink the tap water in Aruba!

One of our best Aruba travel tips is to stay hydrated by packing a reusable water bottle. Save money by bringing your own from home!