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Aruba Currency

The official local currency is the Aruban Florin; however, U.S. dollars are widely accepted.

What currency does Aruba use?

The currency on the island is the Aruba Florin. You can exchange U.S. dollars, but it isn’t necessary. Using American money in Aruba is common and widely accepted. You may receive Aruba currency as change.

What is the currency exchange rate in Aruba?

The Aruba currency exchange rate for U.S. dollars is Afl 1.77 for cash and Afl 1.78 for traveller’s checks. Most supermarkets and gas stations use the exchange rate of Afl 1.75, while many restaurants and shops use the exchange rate of Afl 1.80.

Credit cards and ATM machines

All major credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted. Personal checks from abroad are generally not accepted.

*Please note, some businesses will not accept U.S. $50 or U.S. $100 due to worldwide counterfeiting.

ATM cards with a Cirrus, MasterCard, Maestro, or Visa logo can withdraw cash at banks and more than 50 locations and ATMs in Aruba.

Banks are generally open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, though some branches remain open later on Friday and on Saturday morning.

Don’t forget to contact your credit card provider prior to departure and advise them of your travel plans. Otherwise, overseas charges may be questioned or denied.

Cost of living

If you compare the cost of living in Aruba to the U.K., it is quite similar. Groceries are a bit more expensive, since agriculture in Aruba is limited and almost all food needs to be imported. Prices are 5 to 6% higher. Eating out is cheaper than in the U.K. Prices are about 11% lower. Tipping in Aruba is not mandatory. If you feel like leaving a tip, the amount is entirely up to you. 

Aruba is a virtual nirvana for shoppers, with a greater selection of international brand name products than anywhere else in the Caribbean or South America, and prices that are 10% - 35% lower than in the United States!

Turtle Nesting Season

Volunteers from Turtugaruba devote many hours watching over, protecting the nests and educating us during the season.

The official currency in Aruba is the Aruba florin. If you’re traveling with U.S. Dollars, Aruba currency exchange will not be necessary; however, you may receive Aruba money as change when paying with U.S. Dollars. This is not a problem, simply spend the Aruba money first and take the remainder of your U.S. Dollars home. You will always be aware of what you’re spending because the Aruba currency exchange rate is fixed and easy to calculate. Just keep the following numbers in mind when calculating the amount of Aruba money to USD: Afl 1.77 for cash and Afl 1.78 for traveller’s checks. Most supermarkets and gas stations use the exchange rate of Afl 1.75, while many restaurants and shops use the exchange rate of Afl 1.80.

Banks and ATMs in Aruba can be found all over the island at more than 50 locations. If you have an ATM card with a Cirrus, MasterCard, Maestro, or Visa logo, you can withdraw cash without any problems.

RIU Palace Antillas swimming pool in Aruba

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Hotels and Resorts in Aruba
Rodgers Beach in Aruba.
Beaches & Coves
Romantic cabana dinner on the beach at Elements Restaurant.
Top restaurants in Aruba
Downtown Oranjestad. Daniel Leo Square was the location of the commander's house - the residence of predecessors to the administrators and governors of the island, built in the first quarter of the 19th century
Shopping in Aruba
View of the Hooiberg from top of the Casibari Rock Formation

Sightseeing Tours in Aruba

The only thing easier than navigating our happy island is letting a local show you around the Aruba they know and love.


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The Mask Aruba storefront at Renaissance Mall.


The Mask Aruba

Group of people lounging and listening to live music being played by the piano man at Sopranos Piano Bar in Aruba.

Eating and Drinking

Sopranos Piano Bar

Shots of Eva Boutique located at Renaissance Mall


Eva Boutique

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