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Aruba offers an intriguing arid landscape, thrilling shipwreck diving, dramatic caves, and exciting shopping and nightlife. These features along with Aruba’s warm, friendly people make for One Happy Island.

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Overview

Aruba is the smallest of the ABC islands—only 120 square miles in area—with Curaçao and Bonaire rounding out the trio. But it offers an amazingly diverse experience in a small package. Tourists flock here for the sunny climate, perfect waters, and excellent beaches, so much so that the area around beautiful Eagle Beach is an almost unbroken line of hotels, restaurants, and bars. Here on the south coast, the action is nonstop both day and night. However, the fiercely rugged north coast is a desolate and rocky landscape that has resisted development.

With more than half a million visitors a year, Aruba is not a destination that will appeal to those trying to avoid the beaten path. Instead, you should visit Aruba if you're looking for a nice climate, excellent facilities, and lots of nightlife.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport or other government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). For all other islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Aruba's departure tax is included in the price of your airline ticket.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 83° to 84°
October through April: 82° to 84°

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Other

Currency Information: U.S. dollars, travelers checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time. Aruba does not observe daylight saving time.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Public transportation and taxis are available.

Attire: Except in certain restaurants or nightclubs where a dress code is required, attire is casual.

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Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mats often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Nonstop Nightlife : Aruba's after-dark activities are among the best in the Caribbean. No need to drive—the colorful Kukoo Kunuku party bus picks you up and pours you out at your hotel.

  • Bountiful Beaches : The powder-soft beaches and turquoise waters are legendary. Eagle Beach is the best, but you'll have to go off the beaten path to find an uncrowded stretch of sand.

  • Dandy Dining : Great restaurants offer a wide range of cuisine as good as any in the Caribbean. Don't miss local specialties like pan bati (a sweet bread resembling a pancake).

  • Courting Lady Luck : Aruba's casinos aren't as glitzy as their Las Vegas rivals, but they will please both casual and serious gamblers.

  • Hiking Arikok National Park : This windswept nature preserve lets you experience Aruba at its untamed best.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

De Palm Tours Tour Credit

The USD 100 tour credit is redeemable by contacting a De Palm’s Activity Sales Desk upon arrival in Aruba. If a De Palm’s Activity Sales Desk is not available at your hotel, please contact them at (297) 522-4400 or (297) 522-4500 to make your tour booking. When making the reservation and upon tour check-in, guests must present their travel itinerary showing their confirmation number. Space is limited so advance reservations are recommended. The amount of the credit will be deducted from the total tour cost and any remaining balance must be paid at that time. The credit may not be combined with other discounts. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. A 100% cancellation fee will apply for no-shows, or if the reservation is changed or canceled within two days of arrival into Aruba.

Additional Information

Tour Details
This credit is valid toward the purchase of the following De Palm Tours owned tours. Prices range from $40-$115 per person:
Aruba Sightseeing Tour
Seaworld Explorer
Sea Trek
Snuba (snorkeling and scuba)
Palm Pleasure Sunset Sail
Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight
Discover Aruba Tour
Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure
Baby Beach Jeep Adventure
Natural Pool Jeep Adventure
De Palm Island by Bus (half day or full day)
Atlantis Submarine

Please note that not all tours operate daily and restrictions (age, weight, etc.) may apply. Prices are subject to change.
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Transfers

Region: Aruba
Transfer Company: De Palm Tours
Telephone: 297-582-4400 (24 hours)

Address:
L.G. Smith Boulevard 142
Oranjestad, Aruba
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, please claim your luggage and proceed through Immigration and Customs. A De Palm Tours representative, holding a Costco Travel sign, will greet you outside the airport. De Palm Tours will confirm the pick-up location and time for your departure transfer.

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