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From its intriguing landscape to its rich Dutch heritage, Aruba is one happy island. Unlike other Caribbean islands, Aruba is relatively flat with a landscape filled with cactus and other desert flora. This unique climate draws visitors from around the world to the warm, clear skies of Aruba.

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Aruba is the smallest in a chain of islands referred to as the ABC Islands - Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Located just 18 miles from the coast of Venezuela, visitors to Aruba are quick to note the dry climate, blowing tradewinds, and laid-back charm of the island. While Aruba is small in size, the island packs a punch for entertainment, nightlife, and adventure.

Visitors can spend the day exploring the local beaches, snorkeling or diving at shipwreck sites around the island, getting in on the action at an island casino, or dining al fresco at some of the island hot spots. Whether it's the beaches, the climate, the entertainment, or the history, there is plenty to see and do in Aruba.

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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

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 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 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 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 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

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.


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

  • Beaches : The white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Aruba are stunning. Each has its personality, so be sure to explore the island to find your ideal beachfront.

  • Dining : Visitors to the island will find local delicacies and international favorites throughout Aruba. Stobas, a local stew, and Pastechi, a deep-fried pastry, are examples of some local favorites.

  • Gaming : The island of Aruba permits gambling so if you are so inclined, try your luck at a local casino.

  • Nightlife : After dark, Aruba turns up the music. Visitors will find plenty of entertainment throughout the island.

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

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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