We are going to a family trip in Aruba. We will stay in Renaissance Aruaba Resort and Casino for 4 nights. Do you guys think it's worth to rent a car? Or there is some public transportation available on the island? It's our first time there. Thanks for all the help in advance.
There is good and cheap public transportation in aruba, plus taxi prices are fixed by the government, they have no meters, they actualy have a price sheet. Also you can signg up for a trip to see many of the local sites. You are staying in the high rise area and you can walk to shops and restaraunts.
If it's your first trip to Aruba, I think I might go for the car rental. Than you can explore the island easily. Your hotel is situated right in Orangestadt and you can walk to a lot of restaurants and shops but there's another whole section of the island - the high rise area which also has a lot of shops and restaurants. There's also sites to see in different sections.
If you decide not to rent a car, the busses are very reasonable (ask for a round trip ticket) and run until late at night. They will take you from Or. to the high rise area, out to St. Nicholas. If you aren't interested in "exploring" the bus system is fine. We haven't rented a car for the last few years and we've been fine.
Palm Beach, Renaissance Island, Arikok National Park
Last year we stayed at the Renaissance Marina Tower. It's very close to the bus terminal (walking distance). We used the bus to go to the high rise/low rise area and we used a taxi to go on a private tour of the island. The taxi was $45.00 an hour.
We went to Aruba and did the bus for several years. It is reliable and inexpensive (and now most are air conditioned). However, after a while, we realized just how much more there is to this tiny island. Maybe you should ride the bus to check out the low and high rise areas and even San Nicholas, and if you want to explore a bit, rent a car for a couple of days. You said that you're going for four days and that might not be enough time to justify a rental and you may want to rely on the bus and taxis.