Your cell phone will work here but check on roaming charges. GSM phones will work in Aruba only if you have an unlocked SIM phone. Contact your local service provider before traveling to Aruba.
The road signs in Aruba are different from those in the US. Familiarize yourself with traffic rules and signs before driving. Roads are very slick after a rain; drive cautiously. For off-road adventure, consider renting a car with 4-wheel drive or a jeep.
Wi-Fi is available at most hotels in public areas and rooms as well as at many “hot spots” throughout the island. For more information, please check the profile page of your resort or contact Setar at 525-1000.
We have a first-class hospital just a few minutes from the hotel sector, and ALL hotels have a doctor on call 24/7. Drug stores cannot fill a prescription from a doctor who is not on the island, but will advise you on how to obtain one if necessary.
To change florins to US dollars, divide florin amount in half and add 10%. This formula will be especially useful when shopping in supermarkets.
Exchange rate for US dollars is awg 1.77 for cash and awg 1.78 for travelers checks. (awg 1.75 at supermarkets and gas stations / awg 1.80 at shops and restaurants)
All major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted.
Some shops will not accept US $ 50 or US $ 100 due to worldwide counterfeiting.
There is daily bus service all along the hotel strip. Fare is US $ 2.30.
There is bus service every 15 minutes from 5:45 am until 6 pm; buses then run every 40 minutes until 11:30 pm.
The central bus station in downtown Oranjestad is located across the road from the cruise terminal next to Royal Plaza. - See more at: http://www.aruba.com/travel-to-aruba/tips-visitors#sthash.1lUwk6Aw.dpuf
Main Street opens from 9 am until 6 pm
Renaissance Mall opens from 9 am until 8 pm
Renaissance Marketplace opens from 9 am until 6:30 pm
Palm Beach Plaza opens from 2 pm until 10 pm / weekends from 2 pm until 11 pm
Paseo Herencia opens from 10 am until 10 pm / Sunday from 5 pm until 10 pm
Check with your concierge about shops at your resort
The service charge at a restaurant is shared among servers and kitchen staff. If there is a service charge, a tip is not obligatory but a token amount left for excellent service is greatly appreciated.
If there is no service charge, a tip is appropriate as in the US (+/-15%).
Dutch and local language Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba, but Arubans speak a minimum of four languages including English and Spanish