Aruba is a tiny, but beautiful Dutch island, located north of the coast of Venezuela. A car rental in Aruba is your best option to explore its beauty and visit every corner of this enchanting island.
It is known for its dry, warm and sunny weather and beautiful sandy beaches. Aruba was discovered by Spanish in 1499 and it has been in hands of the Spanish until the Dutch conquest in 1636. The European influence is evident in the architecture of the buildings, featuring Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels. European influence also shows in the language, with English, Spanish and Dutch spoken alongside the local language, Papiamento. Aruba is a remarkable place to visit, with its magnificent nature and cultural diversity.
Basic info and car hire in Aruba
- Location: The Caribbean, north of the coast of Venezuela.
- Populations: 103,400 (2014 estimate)
- Official language: Dutch, Papiamento
- Currency: Aruban florin (AWG)
- Capital: Oranjestad
- Weather: Aruba has a moderate climate with monthly temperature from 26.7 °C to 29.2 °C and very little rain. This makes it perfect for all year-round tourism. If you are planning a trip here you don’t have to worry about the weather, there are good chances it will be perfect.
- Holidays in Aruba: There are a few things to consider prior to renting a car in Aruba, amongst them one of the most important is to know when there are public holidays, so you can plan your trip efficiently and guarantee your enjoyment. In order to know these dates, we would advise you to check the following link for additional information.
- Internet coverage: There are plenty of free Wi-Fi hot spots in Aruba. Most hotels in Aruba offer free Wi-Fi. If you want to stay connected and not break the banks, check this link for more information about cell phone coverage in Aruba.
Road conditions: Roads in Aruba are up to date and in very good condition, so you need not worry about renting a car there. Your experience with car rental in Aruba will not be spoiled by bad road conditions.
Driving in Aruba
- Age limits: To rent a car in Aruba the driver must be at least 25 years of age. Drivers of age between 21 to 24 may be accepted with special conditions depending on the company of your car rental in Aruba. If you are younger than 25 years and are considering renting a car in Aruba be sure to check with your rental company if any special conditions of fees apply.
- International Driving Permit: International driving permit is required for all drivers renting a car in Aruba.
- Additional papers: Those with a valid U.S driving license and are at least 21 years of age may legally drive in Aruba without any additional papers or temporary license.
- Children in the car: Local laws require that drivers and passengers have to wear seat belts and that children under the age of 5 need to be secured in a child safety seat. When children are older and are no longer required to sit in the child safety seat, they should sit in the back seat.
- Driving side of the road: Driving in Aruba is on the right-hand side of the road.
- Traffic lights: Traffic lights in Aruba meet international standards. Amber light is used when changing from green to red but not the other way around. It is good to know that right turns on red light are prohibited.
- General speed limits: Unless otherwise stated, the speed limit in build-up areas is mph (40 km/h), 37 mph (60 km/h) out of town and 50 mph (80km/h) on faster roads. Be advised that all speedometers and road signs in Aruba are in kilometres.
- Parking conditions: There are many areas for parking on the island, but be sure not to park where it is prohibited. You should never leave your rented car long a yellow stripe of the road, on a bridge or along a continuous line in the middle of the road. When parking in Oranjestad keep an eye out for parking meters. All parking spots are numbered and you are required to enter the number of your parking spot when paying or recharging for the parking.
Additional information: If you drive in Oranjestad, be careful about one-way streets, since there are many. If you happen to encounter an intersection with no road signs, you should know that the rule is that people driving on your right side have the right of way. Another thing worth knowing is that roundabouts are very common in Aruba. That is why it is important to know the roundabout traffic rules. The rule is that people driving in the roundabout have the right of way and divers entering must wait for an opening.
What to see in Aruba
Without a shred of doubt a car rental in Aruba is something you should opt for. Having a rented car will make your visit in Aruba more enjoyable since you could visit any spot on this beautiful island without much hassle. If you decide to rent a car, here are a few suggestions for trips around the island.
Our favourite spots
Arikok National Park, Santa Cruz
For all you nature lovers, Arikok National Park is a must see. This beautiful park takes up approx. 18% of the island. Park features Aruba lava formation, a quartz diorite formation and a limestone formation. Visiting the park, you won’t help but notice waves crashing dramatically into ocean cliffs. If you want to reach the more remote areas of the park we recommend you use an all-terrain or Jeep. Needless to say, you would need a rental car to be able to engage in such an amazing activity.
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Santa Cruz
Meet and pet the charming residents of the Donkey Sanctuary. Established in 1997, the sanctuary houses and cares for the donkeys that were abandoned when Aruba introduced more modern forms of transportation. When their usefulness came to the end, these gentle creatures were left to themselves, becoming “wild”. After their population decreased due to disease, a movement began to save the Aruban donkeys. Today this non-profit sanctuary provides for almost two hundred animals. Visitors and locals are encouraged to pet or even adopt them.
Eagle Beach, Palm
Eagle Beach is Aruba’s most breath-taking beach. Rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The country’s widest beach offers plenty of room for all kinds of activities such as sunbathing, swimming and water sports. Watch out for different breeds of turtles that use the beach as a hatching ground. A few months per year the beach is dotted with red and white spots which mark the turtle nests.
De Palm Island
Take a day trip once you decided for a car rental in Aruba, to the all-inclusive De Palm Island and enjoy a wealth of activities perfect for the whole family. Have fun in a water park or on the zip lines, eat at a restaurant or go snorkelling. Most parents in search of a textbook spot for family vacations will love this particular site. Children will love slipping and sliding down the many slides in the park, while you can make the most of your hard-earned rest.