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ABC Islands
ABC Islands
Alta Vista
Alta Vista
Oranjestad
Oranjestad

About Aruba (AW)


The tiny Caribbean island of Aruba (AW) is one of four overseas territories of the Netherlands, and situated 24 km (15 miles) north of Venezuela. Roughly 184 km² (70 mi²) of flat land, Aruba is known primarily for its white beaches and dry, breezy tropical climate that rarely deviates from 27°C (81°F). Located just outside the Caribbean hurricane zone, tourism in Aruba is considered a year-round affair, with activities focused on upscale leisure and watersports activities.

As its economy is highly dependent on foreign visitors, most Aruban facilities are in top condition, having smoothed over many of the ragged edges found in other Caribbean locations. There are basically two regions of Aruba  - the rugged and less developed northeast coast, and the postcard beaches of the southwest coast, where the majority of visitors will be based. Aruba’s largest city, Oranjestad, is the primary gateway to the island and the center of nightlife and shopping.

  Getting around

It may be diminutive in size, but visitors wishing to see more than their beach resort will want to rent a car in Aruba. Unlike most Caribbean destinations, driving in Aruba is a relatively straightforward and orderly affair. Route 1 (LG Smith Boulevard) is the foundation of its network of roads, and runs the length of the southern coast. The majority of minor routes are paved, two-lane roads that all somehow link back to Route 1.

While it may be possible to get “lost” in Aruba, the worst that could happen is losing your bearings for a while. All road signage uses familiar international pictograms and roads are marked with white lines (as opposed to yellow) to indicate lanes and direction. Aruban roundabouts are clearly marked and guided by asphalt curbs to ease navigation, though they may take some getting used to for North American drivers.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Aruba are mostly provided by Alamo, Hertz, Dollar, Sixt, Enterprise, and other big name brand vendors. Choose from minicars, economy hatchbacks, compact, standard, and fullsize luxury sedans, SUVs, estate wagons, and 7-12 seater minivans for large families and groups.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Aruba

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Be advised that most Aruba car hires are not the newest make and model, and most, if not all will have some minor pre-existing damage. Thus, it’s important to do a thorough walk around inspection of the car before taking possession.

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Traffic congestion in Oranjestad can be bumper-to-bumper during the highest peak season (June-August). Its possible to use alternative routes around the town center, but generally speaking, it’s crowded everywhere.

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With the exception of the most traveled routes, street names are not marked in Aruba. Many roads don’t even have names.

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Watch out for unmarked Bus Only lanes that have hidden “pits” used to discourage regular cars from using them.

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The majority of Oranjestad is mapped with one-way streets, and again, the street names are generally not marked. Navigation by landmark is the best mode of reaching your destination.

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Like street names, parking rules and regulations are not clearly defined or marked in Aruba. Park with caution.

Are you driving a rental car in Aruba?

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

30 kph  | 18.6 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

60 kph  | 37.3 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

80 kph  | 49.7 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

AWG/USD
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

911
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Aruba

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Aruba?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Aruba?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Aruba?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Aruba?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Aruba?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Aruba?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Aruba?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Aruba?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Aruba?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Aruba?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Aruba?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Aruba?