Visit our Aruba Travel Guide to begin planning your trip to the Happy Island. To help make the most of your visit, here are 7 useful Island Facts – a basic guide to all things Aruba:
Area and Climate
Aruba is 19.6 miles (30km) long and 6 miles (10km) wide at its widest point, totally 77 sq. miles or 193 sq. km. The island is outside the Caribbean’s typical hurricane belt and has an average yearly temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 degrees Celsius with northeasterly trade winds.
The island lies 15 miles (24km) north of Venezuela in the Southern Caribbean sea with coordinates 12.5211° N, 69.9683° W.
Aruba observes the Atlantic Standard Time all year-round. This is also the equivalent to Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
In the Aruba, the florin is the officially currency, donated by the letters AWG or AFL. The US Dollar is widely accepted and many banks on Aruba exchange other foreign currencies. Traveler’s checks are also accepted around the island and there is no charge for using them in hotels, retail outlets and restaurants. Major credit cards are accepted at most places of business on Aruba.
Just as in the United States, Aruba uses 110/220 volts.
Drinking tap water is safe in Aruba. When dining out, be sure to specify is you prefer bottled water or Aruba’s tap water.
Language on Aruba
While Aruba’s official languages include Dutch and Papiamento, English and Spanish are widely spoken throughout the island. Papiamento is the local language of choice and is influenced by Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.
It’s handy to know some common words and phrases, which can be fun to engage locals with!
Welcome – Bon Bini
How are you? – Con ta bai?
Fine, thank you! – Bon, danki!
Thank you very much! – Masha danki!
You’re welcome! – Na bo ordo
See you later. – Te aworo.
Sweet – Dushi
A kiss – Un Sunchi
Happy birthday! – Masha pabien!
Goodbye – Ayo
Good morning – Bon dia
Good afternoon – Bon tardi
Good evening/ night – Bon nochi
The good (Aruban) life! – Biba dushi!
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