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Aruba's Money - Florin.
On the 4th of June 2019, the Central Bank of Aruba introduced a new series of florin banknotes. The new florin banknotes are a celebration of the life and beauty of Aruba and includes elements from the Island's rich culture, flora and fauna.

Official Currency of Aruba

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 traveler’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.S., it is slightly higher. 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.


Tipping your servers, cleaners, guides, and other staff in Aruba is not mandatory but encouraged. If you feel like leaving a tip, the amount is entirely up to you, but 15% - 20% is customary. 


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.


Central Bank Update

Aruba's New Florin

For more information about our currency visit the Central Bank's official website

If you’re traveling with US Dollars, Aruba currency exchange will not be necessary; however, you may receive Aruba currency as change when paying with US Dollars. This is not a problem, simply spend the Aruba money first and take the remainder of your US Dollars home. You will always be aware of what you’re spending because the Aruba currency exchange rate is fixed and easy to calculate.

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

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