Eagle Beach, Baby Beach, Arashi Beach Tierra Del Sol golf course
It is a breeze driving in Aruba. The traffic there is not near as bad as here. The worst traffic is downtown and you are barely moving so no problem. The international road signs are easy to memorize but don't really come up often. Usually the only ones you see are for speed limits in kilometers per hour. Destination signs are almost non-existent so you just keep looking for what you want. If you do get lost, you wont stay lost because its an island. The only time we did not rent a car was our first trip. We have had one every time since for the whole trip. It is more convenient and IMHO cheaper to rent from Hans than pay cabs. We eat dinner out every night and go to a casino. We go to Baby Beach, Mangel Halto, Arashi the golf course, shopping and maybe a few other places more than once. By the time you pay cab fare and tip you have spent a lot.
We rent a car for the whole duration of our stay and drive morning, day and night. Most trips we put 200-250 miles on the car a week, as we really enjoy seeking out new places and often venture into the interior of the island and down the East coast. Traffic can be a little hectic and crowded. We always avoid downtown when the cruise ships are in port and seek alternative roots when traveling South from the High/Low Rise area. At this point the convenience of a vehicle is something we couldn't be without.
Our husbands sound very similar! Jon's biggest concerns are the signage, the roundabouts, and directions in general. I get flustered easily, especially when I don't know where I"m going so me driving is out of the question. Jon is much more confident and calm, so he really gets the final say. At first we both said nope, no way, we don't need to rent a car. We will leave our driving to the pros,and we will stick to the drinking . This year we decided to pay more attention in the taxis to see if renting a car is an option. Then we rented the atvs for 2 days and spent a lot of time driving around and I think that might have done the trick. Jon really loves atv-ing so having them on and off road gave him the push he needed to say maybe we will get a car for a few days on our next trip.
My biggest reasons for wanting to rent a car are to expand our restaurant options, convenience for trips to the grocery store, and seeing Baby Beach.
We always rent a car because we don't stay in the resort areas and need to hustle around running errands.
We use Google Maps which is surprisingly accurate. I do all the driving and The Spouse sits in the navigator seat. We've only ever been lost once. As always in Aruba, you're never lost more than a few minutes!
Driving in Aruba is very easy. After our first trip, I kept thinking, "We need more roundabouts in Toronto."
We take a taxi if adult beverages are going to be involved. I tend to drink less on vacation because I can't stand being stranded waiting for cabs. We had one particularly memorable wait at Murandi where I thought the wine wasn't worth the waiting for a taxi home. Forty-five minutes. Grrrr.
It's definitely more dangerous to walk than drive in Aruba but you could say that about almost anywhere!
The only thing I would caution new drivers on is to watch for people merging on to streets: for some reason, drivers seem to just jump in without waiting for an opening.
We only used taxis 3 times this past trip. When we moved from the Divi to the Radisson ; going to Linda's and going to Barney's and that's about the norm. I think 24 hours would be a good start. I just showed him my Liberty Mutual auto renewal where the letter says. ".. Because you are a safe driver..." He just looked at me. I'll probably just rent it and he can decide if he wants to go along or not.
I've lived in eastern MA since birth. I've been driving her for 55+ years. I can say with no fear of contradiction, it's much harder to drive in MA than it would ever be in Aruba - the people are much more courteous in Aruba.
If you get lost, the Divi tree point the way back to the resorts area.
II don't know much about the driving in MA,but I can assume its similar to here. I can drive in nightmare northern VA traffic and downtown DC with no problems, but get me somewhere where I don't know exactly where I'm going or what lane to be in and I might as well be a 15 year old in a parking lot driving for the first time. I will do everyone a favor and not drive in Aruba . I'm interested to see how it turns out for you Peg! I like the idea that you just do it and I'm sure he will go along and have a great time!
For the first 25 years of our marriage, Tom wouldn't fly he had such a fear. I finally decided to go on my own and enjoyed trips to San Diego, San Antonio and Ireland. He finally decided to see the doctor and get Valium so he could fly. Aruba was our first trip. So I guess I can drive around Aruba on my own. My guess is he'll give in.