|It's shopping area, five minutes walk from the cruise ship terminal, Oranjestad, Aruba|
The capital of Aruba is Oranjestad.
Aruba is located about 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Aruba is the “A” in the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.
Aruba is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles wide. It is approximately 74 square miles.
Approximately 30,600 people live in Oranjestad and 105,600 live on the island of Aruba.
Dutch is the official language of Aruba. English, Spanish and Papiamento are also spoken.
The Aruba Florin is the official currency. United States dollars, travelers checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Aruba is on Atlantic Standard Time.
Aruba Time Zone
The Aruba Cruise Tourism has a Tourist Information booth in the cruise terminal.
Aruba Tourist Information
Aruba has a fascinating history, one that has been colored by warring European colonizers, a boom-and –bust economy and the creation of a new language. The unique language, Papiamento, is something of which Arubans are especially proud; it is a unique combination of Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English, African and Indian words. It is spoken only on Dutch “ABC” islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.
Alonso de Ojeda claimed Aruba for the Spanish Crown in 1499. In 1634, near the culmination of their 80-year war with Spain, the Dutch took over the island. Aruba is part of The Dutch Commonwealth and had its “Status Aparte” in 1986.
Gold was discovered on the island in 1824 and mined successfully until 1913. As the yield turned meager and mining became unprofitable, the aloe plant became primary agricultural crop. The island soon became the world’s leading aloe producer.
In 1929, the Lago Oil and Transport Company, a subsidiary of Standard Oil of New Jersey, built a large refinery at the southeastern tip of the island. The Lago refinery became the largest in the world, assuring Aruba its place as one of the most prosperous islands in the Caribbean. The refinery has been owned and managed by Valero Energy Corp. since 2004.
By 1959, tourists discovered Aruba’s perfect beaches and incredibly clear aqua-blue waters, ensuring prosperity for the foreseeable future.
Aruba TransportationTaxis are not metered, but rates are fixed. Be sure to establish a fare before departure. Cost is for the carload, usually up to 4 passengers. Prices to beaches and hotels range from $7 to $10. Drivers may refuse service for people wearing wet bathing suit.
Aruba is rapidly becoming one of the most popular shopping ports in the Caribbean. Swiss watches, French perfumes and fine jewelry are all readily available. The shopping hub of Aruba is in Oranjestad, where one can stroll along and admire the stores and boutiques that decorate the main streets.
The stores in Aruba are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, stores are open for a duration of four hours, depending upon when the cruise ships are in port.
Aruba Store Hours
In Aruba the banks are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Aruba Bank of Main Street is open on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. ATM machines are available in close proximity to the Cruise Ship Terminal.
There is a post office located in the Royal Plaza Mall which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Aruba Post Office
Aruba Phone LocationsPhones are located in the cruise ship terminal.
Aruba Emergency NumberIn case of an emergency, dial 911.
Aruba White Public Beaches
If you visit Aruba by cruise ship, it will be easy to go to very beautiful beaches in there. Most of them is within less than one hour drive from the cruise terminal.
1. Andicuri ( 30 minutes )
2. Arashi Beach ( 22 minutes )
3. Baby Beach ( 40 minutes )
4. Bachelor’s Beach ( 35 minutes )
5. Boca Catalina ( 20 minutes )
6. Boca Druif ( 2 minutes )
7. Boca Grandi ( 37 minutes )
8. Eagle Beach ( 10 minutes )
9. Hadicurari ( 17 minutes )
10. Manchebo Beach ( 5 minutes )
11. Mangel Halto ( 20 minutes )
12. Palm Beach ( 15 minutes )
13. Punta Prabo ( 6 minutes )
14. Rodger’s Beach (40 minutes )
15. Santo Largo ( 25 minutes )
16. Surfside ( 10 minutes )
Aruba is very popular for her excellent gastronomic experience, local as well as international. The typical local cuisine is available from snacks to meals to desserts, all prepared with the delicate touch of special ingredients.
Snacks : Pastechi, Croquet
Meals : Fresh catch of the day (fish), goat stew, keshi yena (an oven-baked delight of Dutch Gouda cheese filled with seafood, meat or chicken), accompanied by fried plantains, pan bati (local pancake), funchi (polenta)
Desserts: Pan Dushi, Chupa Bébé (local lollipop), Cocada (sweet of coconut), Quesillo, Pan bollo, Dushi di Tamarijn (tamarind sweet).
Aruba Tourist Resorts
Museums : Archaelogical, Numismatic, History, Model trains, & Aruba Sport & Fame.
Galleries : Access Art Gallery, Maria Chapel, South End Art Gallery, SINFA
Sightseeing : Natural Bridges, hooiberg, Alto Vista, Casibari, Ayo rock formations, gold mine ruins of Balashi, Miralamar and Bushiribana, California Lighthouse, Golf, Lourder Grotto, Fontein cave, Dos Playa, Quadirikiri cave, Tunnel of Love, National Park Arikok, Donkey Sanctuary, Adventure golf, horseback riding.
Aquatic : Surfing, kite surfing, Scuba, Snorkel, Sea Trek, Atlantic Submarine, Catamaran sailing, Party boat, Sunset and moonlight sailings, Conchi (the natural pool).
Aruba Attraction Events
There are a lot of things you can do and see in a pleasant way in Aruba , like weddings, graduations, birthdays, Bonbini Festival, International artists festival, shopping, nightlife, spa, sport, family reunion, friends, holidays, cultural show and many other things.
25 January Official Holiday G. F. Betico Croes Festivity
14 February Valentine’s Day
18 March National Anthem and Flag Day
24 June Dera Gai