Aruba Vacation Short Guide

Aruba Vacation Short Guide

Just spend five minutes this Aruba Vacation short guide before you get around Oranjestad.

Aruba Vacation
It’s shopping area, five minutes walk from the cruise ship terminal,  Oranjestad, Aruba


Aruba Capital

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. When you have Aruba Vacation on mind, it is advisable to visit these two other islands too.

Aruba Size

Aruba is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles wide. It is approximately 74 square miles.


Aruba Population

Approximately 30,600 people live in Oranjestad and 105,600 live on the island of Aruba.


Aruba Language

Dutch is the official language of Aruba. English, Spanish and Papiamento are also spoken.


Aruba Currency

The Aruba Florin is the official currency. However, they also accept United States dollars, travelers checks and major credit cards.


Time Zone

Aruba is on Atlantic Standard Time.

Aruba Tourist Information

The Aruba Cruise Tourism has a Tourist Information booth in the cruise terminal.

Aruba History

Aruba has a fascinating history. It has been filled by warring European colonizers, a boom-and –bust economy and the creation of a new language. Papiamento is the unique language that Arubans are especially proud of. This language 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 Transportation

Taxis 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 Shopping

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.  You can stroll along and admire the stores and boutiques that decorate the main streets.

Aruba Store Hours

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 Bank

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.

Aruba Post Office

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 Phone Locations

Phones are located in the cruise ship terminal.


Aruba Emergency Number

In case of an emergency, dial 911.


White Beaches in Aruba Vacation

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 Vacation Cuisine

Aruba is very popular for her excellent gastronomic experience, local as well as international. However, it is recommended to the typical local cuisine. It is available from snacks, meals to desserts, and all prepared with the delicate touch of special ingredients.


Pastechi, Croquet


Why don’t you try to taste these local 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)


Pan Dushi, Chupa Bébé (local lollipop), Cocada (sweet of coconut), Quesillo, Pan bollo, Dushi di Tamarijn (tamarind sweet).


Aruba Vacation and Tourist Resorts

When you go on vacation to Aruba, there are a lot of places you can visit. So, make sure you allot enough time to enjoy all of them. 


Archaelogical, Numismatic, History, Model trains,  Aruba Sport & Fame.


Access Art Gallery, Maria Chapel, South End Art Gallery, SINFA

Aruba Vacation Sightseeings

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.

Aruba Vacation Aquatic Activities

Surfing, kite surfing, Scuba, Snorkel, Sea Trek, Atlantic Submarine, Catamaran sailing, Party boat, Sunset and moonlight sailings, Conchi (the natural pool).

Aruba Vacation 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. Check out these following events:

  • New Year
  • 25 January Official Holiday G. F. Betico Croes Festivity
  • February Carnival
  • 14 February Valentine’s Day
  • 18 March National Anthem and Flag Day
  • 24 June Dera Gai
  • Christmas
  • Dande Festival

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