Destination
Aruba

Find Your Happy Place

Aruba may be known for its sugary white sand, azure waters and bright sunshine, but this island nation offers more than gorgeous weather and stunning scenery. Known as “One Happy Island” because of its friendly inhabitants, Aruba is culturally diverse and buzzing with energy. In between swimming and sunbathing, you’ll find exhilarating activities, delicious cuisine, ritzy casinos, natural wonders and more.

 
Never-Ending Fun

Day or night, there’s plenty to do in Aruba! Thanks to its calm waters, the island is ideal for swimming and is home to some of the Caribbean’s best snorkel spots. If you don’t want to dive in, try your hand at catamaran sailing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, paddleboarding and more. After sundown, the restaurants, clubs and casinos along Palm Beach come to life—including the 15,000-square-foot, 24-hour casino at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.

 
Back in Time

Leave the resort and spend some of your leisure time exploring Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad. This charming, laid-back harbor town reflects the island’s Dutch heritage through beautifully restored colonial buildings, while the Archaeological Museum houses fascinating artifacts from the Amerindians who first inhabited the island. Get your souvenir shopping done in the city’s local markets and boutiques, or grab a bite to eat at one of Oranjestad’s delicious eateries.

 
Go Off the Beaten Path

Make your trip one to remember by taking advantage of the island’s many opportunities to experience its incredible culture and natural landscape. Take a tour to view the rugged cliffs, crashing waves and gorgeous panoramas of Aruba’s northern shore, or visit Alto Vista Chapel, the California Lighthouse or Arikok National Park. Looking for a more relaxed activity? Enjoy a treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa or relax at the beach.

Time

Aruba 12:00 noon
Eastern Time (New York) 12:00 noon
Central Time (Chicago) 11:00 a.m.
Mountain Time (Denver) 10:00 a.m.
Pacific Time (Los Angeles) 9:00 a.m.

Weather in April

  • Average high temperature: 82°F
  • Average low temperature: 79°F

Currency and Credit Cards

  • Currency: Aruban florin (AWG), but US$ is widely accepted
  • Credit Cards: These are widely accepted, so there is no need to exchange large amounts of money. When you return home, your bank will have converted the florin into dollars using the best exchange rate.
  • ATMs: When using an ATM, you should use the same common-sense personal security measures you would use in the United States. Be aware that ATM fraud is very sophisticated and incorporates technologies that record customer ATM card and PIN information.

Note: Alert your credit card company of your trip, so they don’t freeze your account when you use your card in Aruba.

Electrical Current

Aruba uses the standard North American electrical current and outlets. You won’t need a voltage converter or plug adaptor.

Language

Most everyone on the island speaks English, but the official languages are Papiamento and Dutch. Most locals speak Papiamento—a rapid-fire mix of Spanish, Dutch, English, French, and Portuguese—in normal conversation. Below are a few key words and phrases that might be useful.

English Papiamento Dutch
Welcome Bon Bini (bahn bee-nee) Welkom (vel-kom)
Hello  Halo (hah-low) Hallo (hah-low)
Good-bye Ayó (ay-yo) Tot ziens (toht zeens)
Please  Por fabor (poor favor) Alstublieft  (alst-oo-bleeft)
Thank you Danki (dahn-kee) Dank u (dahnk uw)
Yes Sí (see) Ja (yah)
No  No Nee (nay)
How much does this cost? Kwanto esaki ta costa? (quanto es-ah-key ta costa) Hoeveel kost dit ? (hoo-vayl kost dit)
I'm sorry Sori (sorry) Het spijt me (het spyht meh
Do you speak English? Bo por papia Ingles? (bo poor pap-e-a ing-lays) Spreekt u Engels? (spraykt uw eng-uls)
My name is… Mi nomber ta… (me nomber ta) Mijn naam is… (meyn nahm is)