Mangel Halto for snorkeling, Palm and Arashi for beach time.
When I went to Aruba with my wife, back in 2012, I decided not to rent a car. I wasn't confortable with driving something I didn't own in a place I didn't know. So we used bus and taxi. When I get home I'll tell you how much I spent with these.
But if we return to Aruba one day (and we'd love to), I think we'd end renting a car. That's what insurance and GPS are for...
I plan on traveling to aruba mid-march. We're going to stay at a friends house in Santa Cruz near the national park. We don't want to rent a car. Is there a way to get to the tourist spots without a car from Santa Cruz?
Without a car, you will be stuck in the middle of nowhere. Santa Cruz is not exactly a tourist place, calling a taxi will get expensive over time. Plus, Aruba is quite hot, even in the evenings. Waiting for taxis or buses or walking to a certain area can be exhausting. A friend of mine lives in Santa Cruz, when his car was broken down it was tough for him to get around.
I would highly recommend to rent a car. You will be independent and you will be able to enjoy the island to the fullest. JMO.
they are all pretty much near oranjestad.
most if not all will pick you up and bring you to their office.
the renaissance ocean sutes downtown has a hertz or avis desk in lobby.
open limitd hours though