Where is Aruba located?
Aruba is an island in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, 30 miles away from the Venezuelan coast.
It is located west of its sister islands, Curacao and Bonaire. They are collectively known as the “ABC Islands,” but actually plot ACB reading from left to right on a map.
How do we get to Aruba?
Is it safe to drink tap water?
In Aruba, you do not have to worry if you can drink the tap water. The water coming from the taps is of excellent quality and is safe to drink! It is better than the drinking water you get in the US, Canada or European countries and complies with the world’s highest drinking water standards.
Aruba is a dry country; there is simply not enough rain to produce drinking water. Fortunately, the country is surrounded by the Caribbean sea. WEB, the utility company on Aruba, uses seawater to produce quality drinking water.
The drinking water in Aruba is produced through reversed osmosis. Afterward, the water is enhanced with minerals for health and nutrition purposes.
Where can we buy liquor?
You can buy liquor at all grocery stores and supermarkets. (18+)
What is the weather like in Aruba?
Aruba is one of the few places that have great weather year round: sunny, dry, with refreshing trade winds.
Aruba has ideal vacation temperatures whole year round. The coldest month is January with an average daylight temperature of 85°F (29°C) and the warmest month is September with an average daylight temperature of 91°F (33°C). The year's average daylight temperature is 88°F (31°C) and average night temperature is 78°F (26°C).
Aruba is located in the very south of the Caribbean and is not affected by any cold fronts as they have in Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, Cancun, and even the Turks and Caicos islands. The ocean temperatures in those areas can get rather cold in the winter. Ocean temperatures around Aruba never get below 80°F (27°C).
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What is the time in Aruba?
The Aruba standard time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4).
Aruba is located in the Atlantic Standard Time (AST) zone.
Aruba does not operate Daylight-Saving Time.
What kind of money do they use in Aruba, are there ATMs, are credit cards accepted?
The local currency is called Aruban Florin (Afl). The Aruban Florin is tied to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of 1 USD = 1.75 Afl, or in other terms, US$20 equals Afl 35.
Since the US Dollar is widely accepted on the island, it is best to have some cash US Dollars. The ATMs will dispense your choice of Aruban Florins or US Dollars."
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
What language do they speak in Aruba?
The official language of Aruba is Dutch, but the island has been infused with so many different international cultures that many languages can be heard on the island.
The majority of the people speak Papiamentu, which is a Creole language influenced by Portuguese, English, Spanish, and Dutch.
Visitors from English, Spanish, and Dutch speaking countries should be able to communicate in Curacao quite easily, as most locals speak English, Spanish, and Dutch.