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Nights Publications

Publisher of lifestyle and travel magazines for Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten / St. Martin

Island Information

Island Information

Awash with Dutch colonial architecture in pastel colors, the picturesque capital city of Oranjestad is situated on the southern coast near the western end of the island. It is a wonderful place to explore on foot. The highrise and lowrise hotels are located on the western side of the island. Beautiful beaches run the length of this coast, while just inland, restaurants and malls beckon. San Nicolas to the east is nicknamed the Sunrise City. Great beaches and one-of-a-kind bars and eateries make it a must-see. Aruba’s desert-like interior, called the cunucu is an unexpected surprise.

From connectivity and transportation to medical and banking, Aruba offers an abundance of modern services.

Explore this section to discover a wealth of practical information to better plan your visit to Aruba.

Helpfull Information

General Information
Banking Hours Weekdays from 8 or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All banks remain open during lunch hours.
Buses Buses operate daily between Oranjestad and hotels on Palm and Eagle Beaches. Inquire at your hotel for schedules.
Climate Annual averages: temperature 82°F, rainfall 17”, water temperature 80°F.
Conservation Please respect the environment by not littering, not touching marine life or wildlife, and leaving rocks and shells in their original spaces. Also ensure souvenirs are not made from protected species like sea turtles, black coral, and the lignum vitae tree. And please reuse and refill drinking containers to help reduce the plastic trash problem.
Currency US dollars or Aruban florins. One US dollar equals between 1.78 and 1.8 florins.
Drinking Water Aruba’s distilled/purified seawater is very safe to drink.
Driving European rules of the road and signs are used. US and international drivers’ licenses are valid. Urban speed limit is 40 km/h, rural speed limit is 60 km/h unless otherwise indicated. No right turns on red light. In case of accident DON’T MOVE YOUR CAR! Notify the police immediately by calling 911.
Electricity The same as North America, 110 volts AC (60 cycles).
Geography Size: 70 square miles, 19.6 miles long, six miles across at its widest point. Aruba’s highest elevation is Mount Jamanota at 617 feet. Location: 2,090 miles from New York, 15 miles north of Venezuela.
Languages Official languages are Dutch and the native language Papiamento, but English and Spanish are widely spoken.
Religious Services Aruba offers a variety of houses of worship. For information on locations and hours of services, please inquire at your hotel’s front desk.
Shopping Hours Stores are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday, although some Mainstreet stores close for siesta from noon to 2 p.m. Certain stores are open Sunday mornings and on holidays when cruise ships are in port. Most malls open at 10 a.m. and stay open until at least 10 p.m.
Taxis There are no meters; fares are fixed and set by the government. Taxis are available for sightseeing.
Time Atlantic Standard time, one hour ahead of New York except during Daylight Savings when the time is the same.
Tipping The US tipping custom is applicable on Aruba. Although many restaurants add a service charge of 15% to the bill, this is often shared among the service and kitchen staff as part of their salary. In this event, an additional gratuity in recognition of good service is appreciated, though not obligatory.
Trolley A new hop-on, hop-off open-air trolley is now operating in a loop along Caya G.F. Betico Croes (Mainstreet) in downtown Oranjestad. The terminus is near the cruise-ship terminal.

Duty Free

Duty Free
United States

US citizens, regardless of age, who have been out of the country for a minimum of 48 hours and who have not used their respective duty-free allowance within 30 days are entitled to an $800 duty-free tax exemption. Family members who live in the same home and return together can pool their exemptions, meaning a couple with two children can bring home $3,200 worth of articles, duty-free.
Alcohol: The duty-free allowance for US citizens age 21 and over is two liters (67.6 US fl oz) as long as one of the liters was produced in Aruba or the Dutch Antilles, and the value of which is included within the $800 exemption. For more information on other possible exemptions visit www.cbp.gov.

Canada

Canadian citizens who have been outside Canada for seven days or more are permitted a duty-free exemption of $800. With the exception of tobacco and alcohol products, the goods purchased can follow at a later date. Citizens are permitted the same duty-free exemption of $800 if they are out of the country for 48 hours or more, provided they have all the goods with them when they arrive in Canada. Citizens are permitted a duty-free exemption of $200 for an absence of 24 hours or more; all goods must accompany them and the exemption does not apply to tobacco or alcohol products. Personal exemptions cannot be pooled with your spouse and/or children, nor can the 48-hour exemption be combined with the seven-day exemption.
Alcohol: The duty-free allowance for Canadian citizens (who meet the legal age of the province they re-enter) is 1.5 liters of wine or 1.14 liters of alcohol or 8.5 liters of beer or ale. For more information on other possible exemptions visit www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Numbers
Ambulance 911
Dentist 582-9900
Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital 527-4000
Fire Department 911
Police 911 or 100
Walk-in Doctor’s Clinic, Palm Beach 594-0539

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