Travel Planning
Aruba
Travel Planning
Aruba

Aruba at a Glance

Beautiful Aruba lures vacationers to its shores each winter with the promise of warm sands, cool trade winds and interesting things to see and do while not on the beach. 

Cruise ships like to stop in Aruba because the island's capital of Oranjestad is very walkable and enjoyable to tourists without cars. Brush the sand out of your toes, put on you walking shoes, and stroll through Oranjestad's palm shaded squares while enjoying some ice cream or fresh fruit. 

Arikok National Wildlife Park captures the attention of adventurous tourists ready for hiking. Walk through the dry, semi-arid interior of the island and admire the twisted cacti, desert plants and the occasional abandoned gold mine.  

If hiking in the desert sands has made you tired, relax on the beach, go for a snorkel or otherwise live it up by the warm ocean. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Queen Beatrix International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American travelers can enter Aruba by showing a valid U.S passport with at least one blank page and with over six months until the expiration date. Travelers will need to make arrangements for visits over 30 days, as a visa may be required. Contact the Dutch embassy in your country for more information. U.S citizens can visit the U.S Department of State website for more information. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Hurricane season lasts from June until November and Aruba could be struck with a hurricane or a tropical storm during this time. 

      Safety Concerns Aruba has a low crime rate, but tourists should never leave items unattended on the beach and consider placing their valuables in a hotel safe. 

      Health Concerns Aruba has drinkable water, especially in urban or resort areas. If you are unsure, however, drink bottled water to avoid getting sick.