Practical Information in Aruba

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Aruba is part of the Netherlands Antilles, a federation consisting of six islands which include Bonaire, Saba, Curacao, St. Maarten, and St. Eustatius. In 1986, Aruba became a separate entity with the Netherlands and its own constitution.

Location

Aruba is part of the West Indies in the Caribbean, is about 19 miles long and 5 miles wide.  

Population

Approximately 90,000 people live in Aruba and speak the official language of Dutch. English and Spanish are also widely spoken. The mother tongue of Aruba, however, is Papiamento.

Climate

The weather is tropical and maintains a steady average in the the vicinity of 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 degrees Celsius. Rainfall averages around 18 inches per year. Aruba lies south of the hurricane path and usually only receives small effects from from the larger tropical storms.

Currency

The florin is Aruba's currency, and US dollars are also accepted everywhere. There is a bank at the airport, and there are also 5 others. Not all have ATMs (cashpoints), so try to get cash at the airport, or bring Traveler's checks. Traveler's check are widely accepted, as are major credit cards. Make sure before you leave home that you are able to use your credit cards in foreign countries, as well as in foreign ATMs. Most times, credit card issuers will not allow international purchases out of your home country until you have made a call to advise them.

Electricity

Aruba works on the North American standard voltage of 110 AC, flat two and three pin plugs are standard. Foreign visitors should bring your power adapters to ground your electronics.

Emergencies

In case of an emergency whether is be police, fire, or hospital dial 911 from any telephone. The number for hospital and ambulance is 5874300. 

High and Low Seasons

High season falls between December 15th and April 14th, and low season falls April 15th to December 14th. Hotel and resort prices will differ significantly between the two seasons.  

Shopping

Most stores are open from 9am to noon, and then 2pm to 6:30pm. Shops are open Monday through Saturday. The Alahambra bazaar is open from 5pm to midnight.

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