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to Aruba on your first visit. Allow us to give you a few pointers regarding what to pack so you can fully enjoy your stay here.
For convenience and cost concerns, bring your own everyday health and beauty products with you.
If you forget something, don’t worry! You’ll be able to find whatever you need — from sun care products to over-the-counter medication — at hotel gift shops, mini-markets, pharmacies and grocers.
It is best to bring your prescription drugs with you. Prescriptions from doctors abroad are generally not honoured at local pharmacies (boticas), which may require that you to see a local doctor. Also, the specific medication that you take at home may not be available on the island.
European and U.S. insurance is not accepted in Aruba. Be prepared to pay in cash or by credit card at a doctor’s office, pharmacy or hospital.
Wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, special medical equipment and home healthcare products can be rented through Labco (Tel: +297 582-6651).
Holidays on Aruba are casual and comfortable and your apparel should be the same. The average annual temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest months are from May to October and the coolest months are from December to March.
Make sure to bring bathing suits/swimming trunks, flip-flops and sandals. Water shoes will come in handy in rocky, pebbly beach areas. For sun protection, bring some sort of cover-up (pareo, rash guard, etc.), wide-brimmed hat or cap and sunglasses. Be sure to reapply sunscreen often, especially between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. (Aruba Aloe is an excellent locally-made brand that is sold everywhere.)
For off-road adventures, bring sturdy shoes, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt. If you plan to do some horse riding, consider bringing a pair of long trousers.
It’s a good idea to pack a light jacket, jumper or shawl for air-conditioned restaurants and casinos, or for nights that become cool and breezy. Men might consider bringing a sports jacket and long trousers, although these are entirely optional — in Aruba, comfort is key!
There are WiFi hotspots at the airport, restaurants, cafés, supermarkets, beaches and bars where you can access Internet with a prepaid access code or credit card — or often free of charge! Additionally, the Aruba Tourism Authority proudly offers free WiFi zones in several areas around the island for your convenience.
Most resorts offer WiFi service right on the premises, in public areas and/or rooms. They may also provide computers for guest use, as well as special daily rates for Internet and phone use (international/local).
Remember to bring chargers and cables for all your devices.
U.S. currency, major credit cards and travellers’ cheques are widely accepted in Aruba. It is a good idea to contact your credit card provider prior to departure, to advise them of your travel plans. Otherwise, overseas charges may be questioned or denied.
Some merchants may not accept $50 bills and $100 bills due to international counterfeiting. Personal cheques are not accepted.
Banks are generally open from 8 am – 4 pm from Monday to Friday, although some branches remain open later on Friday and are also open on Saturday mornings.
There are ATM cards with a Cirrus, MasterCard, Maestro, or Visa logo for cash withdrawals at banks and more than 50 island locations.
Aruba offers a consistent temperature throughout the year, typically varying between 26 to 32 degrees Celsius, or 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although the weather is tropical, it's not extreme. Rainfall in Aruba is erratic and in short bursts, averaging 18 inches per year, delivered mostly in the months of October, November, December and January.
Packing for Aruba is slightly different from packing for a city holiday. Since the climate is tropical, casual summer clothes will provide the most comfort. For restaurants, casinos and nightclubs, light evening wear is recommended. Elegant clothes are not necessary for nightlife as casual silk or linen dresses and trousers will do.
In Aruba, the sun is strong! Peak hours are between 11 am and 2:30 pm and if you plan on spending time on the beach, you'll definitely want to consider bringing sun block, lip balm with sun block, after-sun products, sunglasses, a hat, a bathing suit, beach bags and perhaps a cooler or insulated bag.
In addition to your luggage, there are a few more essential items to bring along. You must bring documentation to be allowed entry into Aruba, including a valid passport, a completely filled-in and signed Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card) and a valid return or onward ticket.
As for money, the official Aruban currency is the Aruban florin, but the U.S. dollar is also widely accepted throughout the island.
Turtle Nesting Season
Volunteers from Turtugaruba devote many hours watching over, protecting the nests and educating us during the season.