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    Is it better to rent a car or just take buses/taxis?

    Hello to All! Our (husband and I) first trip in Aruba will be in June 2013. I was wondering if we should take the airport transportation or rent a car? Is the gas there really expensive? Is it easy to get around and read the maps...I know this may be a silly question but is GPS available in Aruba?

    Thank you in advance!

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    on our last visit, we ran the tank of a hyundai accent to E and it cost $38 to fill.
    my husband guesstimated it was about $3.75 p gallon in november 2012
    i think his guesstimate was on the low side.

    gas is sold by the liter and priced in florins at the gas stations

    renting a car or taking buses or taxis all depends on
    1. where you will be staying
    2. how comfortable you are driving in a foreign country

    if you are staying at one of the resorts in palm beach or eagle beach area, and you do not plan to go off exploring on your own.........NOT having a rental car would be fine. the bus line is right there!
    if you are staying inland such as at a place like Caribbean Palm Village, or Club Arias, you would need wheels!

    Some folks have brought their GPS with them with much success.

    I am having a hard time with the search feature on this new site and at present i cannot find the link to GPS.
    i do advise that you scan thru this category and see if you can find some GPS posts.

    welcome to the aruba.com community forum


    ahh haa found it!
    check out these tagged car rental threads
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/car%20rental.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Shuga30s View Post
    Hello to All! Our (husband and I) first trip in Aruba will be in June 2013. I was wondering if we should take the airport transportation or rent a car? Is the gas there really expensive? Is it easy to get around and read the maps...I know this may be a silly question but is GPS available in Aruba?

    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 03-28-2013 at 03:11 PM.

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    The answer depends on what you want to do while in Aruba. Driving there isn't really different. Do what the signs tell you. If you want to sightsee the island as it's your first time, you should rent a car and get some maps. The road signs are much better now than 14 years ago when we first visited.

    If you're bringing a portable GPS device, make sure you have Aruba maps loaded. They may be an extra cost download. Our Tom Tom has USA, Canada and Mexico only.

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    Smile We don't but its a personal choice

    It is a personal choice. We are preparing for our 3rd visit and we choose not to rent a car, but plan on spending about the same (or a little more) on taxis. Trying to figure out new street signs and markings, and directions where streets are not always marked clearly is not my idea of relaxing. Maybe as the years go by and we become more familiar with where our favorite things are we might change our mind, but I doubt we will ever rent for more than a few days during our stay. Here are some of my reasons: 1 - Arriving at the airport - no paperwork, no meeting a rep from a rental company - just hop in a taxi and we are on our way. Relaxation has begun. 2 - Most of the time we would use a car would be for dinners, but we like to have alcohol in the afternoon and/or at dinner - don't want any accidents or trouble so a taxi works best for that. 3 - Touring the island in some of the off-road areas - we did a jeep tour, no worries about flat tires or breakdowns, that's the tour company's problem if it were to occur. We have spent 2 nights on Eagle beach, where I could see where a car would be more useful, but we did just fine on the public bus. However, we are used to public transportation at home so I think that gave us an advantage than someone who has never used a bus to get around. The rest of our nights have been on Palm Beach, where there are so many options in walking distance. The biggest challenge in not renting a car is access to Baby Beach. We visited on a tour and loved it, but if you don't want to tour, you really need a car to get there. I could see grocery shopping as another challenge, but we don't do much of that and use the convenience stores near our hotel. It's vacation, no cooking for me
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuga30s View Post
    Hello to All! Our (husband and I) first trip in Aruba will be in June 2013. I was wondering if we should take the airport transportation or rent a car? Is the gas there really expensive? Is it easy to get around and read the maps...I know this may be a silly question but is GPS available in Aruba?

    Thank you in advance!
    We did not rent a car on our first trip. We have for the last 15. The reason we rent is because we go somewhere at least once every day or night and getting a cab is exspensive. If we take taxis we have to pay the fare plus tip each way. We eat breakfast and lunch on the balcony or patio almost every day but we eat dinner out every night and we usually go to a casino each night. We also drive to baby beach and arashi beach to snorkel. I play golf 3 times while I am there(10-14 days). We rent a car for about $200 a week and gas runs about $40. For us it is convenient and saves us money. A cab ride to baby beach is very exspensive as is a cab ride to some of the restaurants. It is easy to drive on Aruba and you can get lost, but you cant stay lost. Its only 19 miles long and 7 miles wide. Either way, you will enjoy it.

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    Talking Again, personal decision

    Like others here, we rented a car for our first and second trips. During our 3rd trip after the second day we turned in the car which we had originally intended on using throughout the trip. We just could not justify spending all of the money to rent a car when the car would be sitting in the hotel parking lot all day long only to be used at night for dinner.

    Now we solely use taxis
    (see Bully ). My dh loves the fact that he can have a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and not have to worry about drinking and driving, never mind getting lost as men invariably do. We are beach bums and use taxis only for going out to dinner each night and dining within Noord, Palm beach and Eagle beach and transportation round trip to the airport. We are at least breaking even if not coming out ahead. When we stay at the Radisson, there are restaurants at the resort, as well as within easy walking distance, so no taxi those nights, makes even more sense not to rent a car which will sit in the parking lot of the hotel.

    Some trips, we may rent a car for one or two days if we wish to take a drive around the island to see the sights or have dinner at one of the more out of the way restaurants such as Marina Pirata in Savaneta.


    Garmin GPS - Garmin GPS info, rental cars do not come equipped with it.

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    Thanks so much for all the advice. We are staying at the Marriott Stellaris and Casino Resort so I think we may be okay to get around on foot (and we both could use the excercise-lol). We may take a cab to get some groceries. Everyone seems to be so nice (all the posts I read). We are really looking foward to visiting and relaxing in Aruba in June- 6 WHOLE DAYS- I cannot wait!
    Thanks again everyone! Have a great Easter weekend!

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    HA! That is too funny..Men and getting lost....that's not possible? Is it? lol Yes I am definitely a beach bum. my husband not so much but after seeing the beautiful beaches in Aruba I believe that will turn him into one. I think we will do the buses and taxis and if we need a car one day we can rent it then. Thanks Arubalisa!

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    Ohhhh okay! Yes I heard the cab's to Baby Beach can run a bit expensive..yes we may rent a car one or two days. Only 19 miles long? Wow and you all are so happy when you are there...I love it! I think we will rent a car one or two days but I did reserve it for the whole week and it was only $175 (not too bad). Thank you Arubabob.

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    Thank you Traceyd14!

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