Be charmed by Aruba’s colonial-architecture, stunning rocky landscapes and palm-adorned beaches; somewhere on this dreamy island, there’s a sun lounger with your name on it. Located beneath the hurricane belt, and promising year-round sunshine, Aruba has two sides: choppy and smooth, making the island ideal for both sun worshippers and windsurfers alike. No matter which coast you visit, the beaches are truly beautiful with pristine white sands and scenic vistas for miles.
There’s more to Aruba than its paradise beaches and warm, turquoise waters; we recommend heading to Oranjestad for boutique shopping, bars, restaurants and nightlight for a totally different Caribbean vibe. This all-in-one island offers a mix of adventure and island bliss, making it perfect for any intrepid traveller. With a range of hotels, from boutique Casitas to all-inclusive wellness resorts, you’re sure to find your version of paradise in Aruba.
There are three main carriers offering flights to Aruba from the UK.
Direct Carriers: There is one direct carrier to Aruba from the UK which is Thomson seasonally from May to October from both London Gatwick and Manchester.
Indirect Carriers: American Airlines and KLM offer flights to Aruba from both London Heathrow and Manchester. KLM flights will go via Amsterdam and American Airlines flights via the States.
Some, not all, restaurants include a 10 to 15 percent service charge that is shared between all restaurant staff. An additional tip isn’t obligatory, but since not all of the service charge goes to your server, it is generally expected that you leave a little extra cash, say 10 percent. If no charge is included you should leave about 15 percent for the tip. Tip 10 to 15 percent of the fare for taxi drivers, two US Dollars per bag for porters, two US Dollars per day for housekeepers, and about 15 percent for spa treatments.
Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid recommended.
None for British citizens
You can exchange your UK Pounds prior to leaving the UK. The official currency in Aruba is the Florin, but the US Dollar and the Canadian Dollar are widely accepted, so you can choose whichever has the best exchange rate. When you pay in US or Canadian Dollars, you will usually receive Aruban Florins in change unless you specify you want US Dollars. Banks on the island exchange the UK Pound for Florins.
Most people on holiday in Aruba use US Dollars. There are plenty of cash machines at the airport, hotels, and throughout tourist areas. Most cash machines dispense both Florins and US Dollars. Traveller's cheques are still widely accepted in Aruba and there is no charge for using them in hotels, restaurants, and most stores, but be sure to keep a record of the serial numbers. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, but you will need cash for small purchases in cafes, smaller shops, and taxis.