You’re searching for different Caribbean destinations, but Aruba keeps popping up! What’s so special about Aruba? You obviously love to snorkel, great beaches and lay in the sun. However, you’re still thinking – why go to Aruba? Is it worth it?

Here’s 50 obvious reasons why you should go to Aruba as soon as possible.

This article is a bit long, so reserve some time to read it!

First of all, you should go to Aruba because it’s the…

1. Safest Island in the Caribbean

Aruba has a low crime rate compared to other islands in the Caribbean.

I’m not saying “things” never happen. Just be cautious in Aruba. And you and your family will be A-okay!

For example:  

  • Don’t leave your wallet unattended.
  • Drink responsibly.
  • Leave large amounts of cash in a safe box at the hotel.
  • Don’t walk in alone in dark places

Think about it, crime exist everywhere. So keep your guards up everywhere!    

2. Caribbeans Sunniest Island 

You’re guaranteed a sunny day while you’re in Aruba.

Just make sure to buy and pack your sunscreen and beach hat.

hello sunshine beach hat on Amazon.

3. Relax at the Beach

TripAdvisor ranks Aruba’s beaches among the top in the world.

Eagle beach and Palm beach are the most popular beaches.

But there are plenty of secret beaches still to be discovered.

4. Fun Water Sports

I dare you to go on a bouncy banana boat or tube ride.

Or try stand up paddle boarding, wake boarding, kayaking, jet skiing and parasailing.

You can also rent a water jet pack that literally allows you to fly over the ocean!

5. Coolest Beach Bars

Aruba is dotted with beach bars.

One of my favorites is Bugaloe Beach Bar.

You’ll find a beach bar that fits your taste and budget.

So, how about a beer or two, or more…?

6. Daily Happy Hours

Your hotel, the resort next to it, restaurants and local bars have happy hours.

Some places offer 2 drinks for the price of 1.

And others have special (reduced) prices on selected drinks.

Aruba is the perfect place to turn up!

7. Five Star Hotels

Luxurious complexes built to the highest levels. Quality finishes, bright spaces and all the details you could think of for your own dream house.

Whether you plan on staying at the low rise or the high rise area, you’re going to be blown away by the comfort of these resorts.

An unparalleled luxury experience awaits you!

8. 200+ Restaurants

With over 200 restaurants Aruba can provide the ultimate culinary experience.

You’re choices are almost endless.

Choose between dishes from America, Argentina, Asia, Belgium, Brazil, Caribbean, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dutch, France, Germany, India, Italy, Indonesia, Mediterranean, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Suriname and local dishes.

Welcome to foodie paradise….Yummy!

9. Fascinating Nightlife

With a great selection of bars, lounges, festivals, dance clubs, and casinos, you’ll be entertained all night!

After the sun sets, there’s live music, DJ’s and plenty of action!

10. Duty Free Winnings at Casinos

You get to keep everything when you win.

The government doesn’t tax you a cent.

They say the house always wins, but you’ll laugh to the bank when you cash out.




11. Golf Championship Courses

There’s an 18-hole PGA approved golf course designed by, Robert Trent Jones II. It’s located in Tierra del sol, on the north side of the island. The golf course features stunning dessert views of the north coast of the island.

There’s also a 9-hole course at the Divi village golf & beach resort.

You can play at both courses, no matter your skill level.

12. Island Excursions

Whether you want to discover the island by land, air or sea. Aruba has the leading excursions in the Caribbean. 

Knowledgeable tour guides will educate you on Aruba’s history. You’ll leave a tour knowing more about Aruba than you ever thought you would.

13. Wreck Diving Sites

Aruba is home to one of the most wreck diving sites in the Caribbean region.

Divers from all over the world travel to Aruba to explore these wrecks – so remember to buy good snorkel gears!

Do you want to dive near a German cargo ship?

Or see the remains of a freighter, 250 feet below the waters horizon?

There’s also an oil tanker and an airplane wreck, to name a few underwater gems!

 

Snorkeling gear available on Amazon

 

14. Snorkeling Haven

Aruba has a beautiful marine life and colorful corals.

The waters are shallow and perfect for any skilled level snorkeler.

Popular snorkeling spots are Boca Catalina, Arashi, Tres Trapi and Baby Beach.

But there are other hidden snorkeling spots like, Mangel Halto and Spaans Lagoon, still to be discovered by snorkelers.

15.Watch Turtles Hatch

Between March and July leather-back turtles return to the shores of Aruba to lay their eggs. Believe it or not, they return to the exact location where they were born.

Experiencing a turtle laying eggs and watching baby sea turtles hatch, is a once in a lifetime experience.

This is your chance to witness baby turtles make their passage to the ocean for the first time!

16. Beautiful Sunsets

Aruba is home to one of the best sunsets in the Caribbean.

Purple skies. Different shades of blue. Sometimes the sky looks like it’s on fire.

Due to the island’s location in the Caribbean region you’re guaranteed a one of a kind vantage point of every sunset.

17. Inspirational Sunrises

Aruba also has one of the best sunrises in the Caribbean.

Watch the sun rise early in the morning at alto vista chapel.

Climb the Hooiberg for a one of a kind perspective.

Or watch the sun come up at the sunrise city (San Nicolas) at Baby Beach.

Sunrises on Aruba are magical and a must experience. 

17. Yoga and Meditation

Vacations should be about the rejuvenation of your spirit, soul and energy!

If you’re into yoga and meditation visit Aruba for a yoga class with yoga girl.

Yoga girl (real name Rachel Brathen) is an internet yoga sensation living on Aruba!

So if you wish to break your daily routine, with some relaxation for a change, come do some yoga with yoga girl in Aruba. 

18. Mountain Biking

What better way to explore Aruba’s dessert like terrain other then by car?

By mountain bike!

With a mountain bike you can reach places not accessible by car.

Rent a mountain bike for a solo journey through Aruba’s country side.

Or go with a group and book a guided mountain bike tour. 

19. Hike Rocky Trails

Aruba has the perfect trails for hikers and mountains for rock climbers.  

There are many mountains you can climb for a panoramic view of the island.

Some hiking trails can be challenging, so watch your footsteps!

20. Sky Diving

I dare you to see Aruba from 10.000 feet high.

As you free fall at 120 miles per hour, your view from the top is spectacular.

The coastlines of, Curacao and Venezuela, are visible on a clear day.  

Sky diving in Aruba is a one of a kind experience and the ultimate adrenaline rush! 




21. Go Bird Watching

Do you get a kick out of watching birds?

Then you should put bird watching in Aruba on your bucket list.

There are over 200 registered species of birds on the island, they have been photographed by the Aruba Bird Life Conservation and published on their book “Bird Wildlife of Aruba”.

 

Book available at Amazon.

22. World Famous Carnivals

Aruba sets the tone for other islands in the Caribbean when it comes to Carnival.

The fete starts in the first week of January with a torch parade.

Following with a month long of parades, parties, queen elections and road marches.

The highlight of the Carnival is the grand parade, which features more than a dozen bands and thousands of participants.

Come and dance with the locals and experience this unforgettable celebration.  

23. Purchase Local Souvenirs

Everyone who visits Aruba usually leaves with a souvenir.

Because they make for interesting topics of conversations between friends and families back home.

And they’re a nice way to remember Aruba.

There are kiosks and flea markets, where local artist, sell hand made products.

You can buy mugs with Aruba printed on them, even hats, slippers, shirts, bracelets, carvings, paintings, license plates and many more interesting souvenirs.

Click here to find out where to buy authentic souvenirs made by local artists in Aruba.

24. Buy Foreign Products

Visit Aruba to buy dutch made stroop waffles, Gouda cheese, chocolate, local beers, newspaper, jewelry, a jar full of beach sand and sea shells.  

Yes, it’s worth the trip!

25. Holiday Celebrations

During the month of December, you can really feel the Christmas spirit.

Local bands play Christmas music all over the island.

These bands are called gaita (pronounced guy-ta), in Papiamento (language in Aruba).

It’s also a tradition for locals to decorate their house with colorful lights which makes for some beautiful scenery at night.

On new years night the sky is literally lit with fireworks.

Holidays on Aruba are different.

You should come during the season to experience it yourself. 

26. Drink Local Made Beers

Aruba has its own beer brewery.

And they produce two of the most delicious beers on the island.

Maybe even in the Caribbean!

One of them is called Balashi, a thirst quenching pilsner beer.

The second local beer is called Chill.

A smooth tasting beer that represents the island of Aruba.

I find it tastes better when you add a piece of lime!

27. Aloe Factory

Aloe grows abundantly all over the island.

And there is a Aloe factory that produces aloe products from aloe.

Like skin care products, hair care, deodorants, soaps and remedies.

The aloe sun tan lotion your holding in your hand was probably made in Aruba!

28.Soul Beach Music Festival

Soul beach music festival is an annual beach festival with performances by the worlds most renowned artists.

Performers like Fantasia, The Isley Brothers, Tony Rock, Affion Crockett and Miguel have performed during this festival.

It’s held during memorial day weekend.

Many magazines have called this the best Caribbean summer festival.

Come and join us during memorial day weekend for fun, sun and entertainment. 

29. Electric Festival

Electric festival is the most leading dance music festival in the Caribbean.

During the festival you can attend Q&A’s, pop up parties and music master classes.

With artist like DJ Chuckie, Lil John, Afro Jack you’re guaranteed an electric vibe. 

30. Aruba Film Festival

If you like movies, than you should visit Aruba for its annual film festival.

The goal of this film festival is to bring awareness to the international film community about Aruba’s culture.

And also to showcase the production of regional and local filmmakers.

Every year film stars such as Richard Gere, 50 cent, and Tyrese and many more celebrities visit Aruba for this red carpet event. 




31. Summer Music Festival

Summer music festival is a three-day festival headlining Caribbean and Latin artist.

It’s the second time since 2015 that it’s being held.

And it’s proven to be a part of Aruban culture.

Aruba summer music festival attracts more than 10.000 international guests.

Are you joining this year? 

32. Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival

Caribbean sea jazz festival is an outdoor festival featuring local and international jazz musicians.

While jazz is the main focus, there are other elements incorporated into the festival.

Such as dancing, poetry and art.

If you love Jazz, Latin, Soul, Funk and Blues, you must visit this festival!

33. Arikok National Park

Arikok national park, is Aruba’s one and only national park.

And it covers almost 20% of the island.

Arikok consists of beautiful flora and fauna, rugged terrains, dessert like hills  with breath taking views of the islands coastlines.

There are guides to show you around, educate, and inform you about the geological, cultural and historical sites around the park.

You’re invited to explore Arikok National Park.

34. If You’re a Baseball Fan

Aruba has its share of baseball stars that have made it to the major league baseball.

Like Sidney Ponson, who played for Baltimore Orioles.

Calvin Maduro, Eugene Kingsale and Xander Bogaerts who’s currently playing for Boston Red Sox.

Come and witness Aruba’s baseball and rising major league stars. 

35. Friendly Locals

Ask anyone who has visited Aruba, what they think about the locals.

They’ll say locals are the most friendliest people they have ever met.

Everywhere you go locals are sure to smile and are ready to help you.

Whether it’s by giving you directions or advice.

It’s just in our nature to be happy and pleasant to everyone we meet.

Especially to guests who choose to visit (or revisit) Aruba.

36. It’s a Happy Island

What makes Aruba, an happy island?

Well, many things.

The people, friendly locals that radiate a happy vibe.

And Aruba’s culture, heritage, food and lifestyle.

It’s hard to live on this “One Happy Island” and not be happy.  

37. Perfect for Families

Aruba has a lot to offer families.

First of all, it’s safe!

And there’s plenty of family activities on the island.

Like water slides, lazy rivers, game rooms, bowling, water parks, animal gardens and more.

38. Perfect for Weddings (or Honeymoons)

Are you tying the knot?

There are hundreds of people who get married in Aruba every year.

And thousands who come to celebrate their honeymoon.

There are plenty of certified wedding planners who can make your special day unforgettable.

With a wide range of facilities and catering services, Aruba is the perfect spot to get married or enjoy your honeymoon.

39. Renewable Energy 

Aruba is the leading island in the Caribbean when it comes to renewable energy.

About 20% of the islands energy is generated by windturbines.

The Government has a goal to generate 100% ( or close to it) of the islands energy by renewable energy in 2020.

We’re an example to many countries in the world right now. 

40. Buy Time Share

Are you looking for a place that you can get away from once a year (or more often)?

Buying timeshare on Aruba is a good option!

Owning timeshare in Aruba means you’ll always have a happy place where you can retreat to.

How would you feel owning a piece of Caribbean that you can visit anytime you wanted?

I know…

It sounds incredibly good.

41. Pink Flamingos

Have you ever seen pictures of flamingos on your Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook?

I bet you want to take a selfie with these beautiful creatures…

Here’s your opportunity…

These birds reside on flamingo beach, a private beach on Renaissance island.

If you’re not staying at the Renaissance hotel you can buy a day pass for a 100$ bucks and a boat will take you there.

Its totally worth it!

42. Best Drinking Water

Aruba has one of the (if not the most) largest desalination plant in the world.

The production plant produces one of the worlds most best tasting water.

I dare to say even better then most popular brands of bottled water.

When in Aruba skip buying bottled water and refill your durable water bottle with Aruba’s water.

It’s the perfect thirst quencher!

43. Caves and Indian Paintings

Find your excitement off the beaten path….

By exploring the caves of Aruba.

Crawl through underground chambers to encounter bats and Indian paintings.

Don’t forget to bring your flashlight to see where you’re going! 

44. Cool Trade winds

Aruba is windy….

You might think the wind will be too much you…

But the trade wind is a must on the island – it keeps you cool in the sun.

However, the wind is strong here on the island, enough to blow away plastic cups, bags, beach towels or your other personal belongings.

Keep your beach towels from blowing away with these handy towel clips available on Amazon.

Available on Amazon.

45. If You Love Animals

Aruba has a habitat for rescued exotic animals.

It’s a pet collection foundation called, Philip’s animal garden.

They focus on rescuing exotic animals in Aruba and the Caribbean region.

They have, llamas, pigs, camels, giraffes, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, snakes, (baby) goats, donkeys, peacocks and more wild animals…

When you visit the animal garden, you get a bag of carrots and kibbles so you can feed the animals right out of your hands.

This is a perfect spot to relax for families!

46. Bon Bini Festival

Every Tuesday night at, Fort Zoutman, a museum near the downtown area, there’s an introduction held for tourists to get to know Arubas culture, facts and history..

There is also a dancing show and local food for you to taste. 

It’s fun for families looking for something to do in the evening.

They also teach you to speak Papiamento (local language in Aruba).

47. Local Food

Visit Aruba to taste our local cuisine.

People from all over the world travel to Aruba to savor our local dishes.

Like pan bati (a thick sweet, corn bread like pancake) or sopi (different type of soups made of goat meat, fish, pork, chicken, greens, onions, oyster, or iguana).

There is a whole lot of delicious food to taste from.

You can even learn a few recipes to take a “piece of Aruba” with you home!

48. Swim in a Natural Pool

Aruba has a secret, hidden pool, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. 

It’s a natural cove surrounded by huge rocks with waves crashing into them as you swim in a protected, calm pool.

If you’ve never seen or swam in a natural pool before, then this one is a must visit.

49. Join Reef Care Project

Every year there is a clean up of our beaches, dive and snorkel sites.

The reef care project attracts both locals and tourists.

The goal of this project is to preserve our beaches and help raise awareness about the importance of protecting our precious environment.

Want to be part of one of Aruba’s largest volunteer environmental initiative?

Here’s your chance!

50. Aruba Love Festival

Aruba love festival is a house music fest.

It’s a tribute to the roots of house music, which started in Holland.

During this festival there are more than a dozen dj’s from different countries showing their skills and love for house music.

It’s a free festival held on the beach.

So bring your flip flops and dance the night away…




Why Go To Aruba…

Because, it’s time for you to try something new. 

The Dalai Lama once said, “once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”.

And Aruba is the perfect go to place!

Even if you’ve been to Aruba before, it’s always a good idea to revisit!

Besides, life’s too short to not to try anything new.

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This post is the ultimate guide to getting cell phone service in Aruba.

It turns out you can make your phone work in Aruba, without skyrocketing your bill.

You’re about to learn how to get your cell phone to work in Aruba.

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Cellphone service in Aruba

Aruba has two phone providers. Digicel and Setar. I use Digicel.

You have a choice to use your phone (roaming) or buy an Aruba sim card.

If you choose to stick with your number remember to contact your phone provider before you fly to Aruba. Ask them if they have cell phone service in Aruba.

Maybe a roaming plan, international plan or anything at all!

But wait, here’s what they won’t tell you…

They’ll charge you around 2$-3$ per minute for incoming and outgoing calls!

A 20 minute conversation can cost you around 60$.

Also expect hidden charges. Like data use for email updates and push notifications.

If you plan to roam you’ll be able to do so with At&t in Aruba and also with…

  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • KPN
  • Digitel
  • Vodafone
  • and more.

However, it‘s way cheaper to have what I call an Aruba cell phone to call abroad. And buy Aruba data cards for when you need a data plan.

Click here to download a free guide for traveling with Aruba with your phone.

Cheaper Cell Phone Service in Aruba

Using your international sim card to get Aruba cell phone service is expensive. I would buy an Aruba sim card from Digicel or Setar. A sim card will cost you about $21. Data plans can be bought separately.

Change your APN (Access Point Name) settings.

  1. (for Digicel) APN Name: Digicel – APN: web.digicelaruba.com
  2. (for Setar) APN Name: setarinternet – APN: internet.setar.aw

Having the wrong APN-Settings means your internet connection won’t be good.



How To Call United States from Aruba

Dial 001 and the area code in the united states plus the phone number.

Cell Phone Aruba Tips

If you plan to keep your sim card (and not roam either) you should:

  • Turn off your mobile data
  • Turn on your WiFi
  • Put your device in airplane mode.

Aruba is dotted with WiFi hot-spots. You can make a phone call if you need via Skype, What’s App, Facebook Messenger and all other calling apps over WiFi.

How to Get Cell Phone Service in Aruba

Click here to download a complete PDF sheet for traveling in Aruba with your phone.

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Taking a good photograph of a sunset isn’t easy. That’s why I’ve decided to write some tips on how to take good sunset pictures in Aruba.

How to take good sunset pictures in Aruba

First of all scope your surroundings before you take any pictures.

You do this by reaching at the location you plan to take your pictures at least 30 minutes before the sun makes it way down.

Reaching late means rushing to take pictures and they might not come out good.

Think About The Composition Of Your Sunset Picture

It’s easy to take a sunset picture by placing the sun in the middle of your image.

However, if you use this technique your pictures will not look interesting.

Instead, put the sun in the top or the bottom of your image!

Incorporate other objects in your sunset picture

Another way how to take good sunset pictures in Aruba is to incorporate other objects into your picture.

Think about palm trees and overhanging palapas.

Or a pier, coconut, pineapple, cocktails or any interesting object.

By following these simple steps you can add a lot of depth to your sunset pictures.

Your sunset pictures will look a hundred times better!

Don’t be shy to take a lot of pictures

Once the sun is gone you have to wait until tomorrow to get another shot.

Wouldn’t you feel guilty if you didn’t make enough pictures of a beautiful sunset?

Get creative and create sunset silhouettes

A silhouette is a picture of a subject or object against sunlight so that only the outline of the subject or object is showing.

So, the sun needs to be behind an object or subject to create a silhouette.

There is something mysterious about silhouettes.

It makes your pictures beautiful and gives them a wow effect.

Minimize Camera Shake

You don’t want a blurry picture of one of the most beautiful sunsets in Aruba

Use a tripod to minimizing shake (blurry pictures).

If you don’t own a tripod use your body as one.

You can do this by resting your elbows between your knees as you sit on the beach.

Or you can lean against a rock (or any other thing) to minimize camera shake.

When you’re taking pictures of a sunset don’t forget to look behind you.

You might be surprised how beautiful the view can be behind you.

Don’t walk away when the sun disappears.

Because the most spectacular sunset colors usually appear after the sun’s gone.

Hopefully these tips help you make good sunset pictures in Aruba.

If you have more tips for better sunset pictures share them in the comment section.

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Paid Parking in Downtown Aruba

A few years ago, on September 7, 2015 to be exact, the government introduced paid parking in downtown area Aruba.

The system was completely new, and a first on the island. They implemented the law, because locals and visitors parked their cars however and wherever they felt like it. This created dangerous situations, like cars parked on the sidewalk and blocking the driveway making it hard to watch for oncoming traffic.

The Situation at The Moment (Article Updated on October 27, 2017)

Since the new system was introduced, more parking spaces opened up and you don’t see any cars parked on the sidewalks.

The government implemented sanctions for drivers who break the law (a fine, wheel clamp or towing your car). However, a few months ago they eliminated the wheel clamp as a sanction.

The wheel clamp is no longer being used at the moment, but the parking authorities will still tow your car if you violate any of the parking laws.

In this article you will read everything you need to know about paid parking in Aruba and how to avoid a fine or getting your car towed.



Do You Need To Pay For Parking Everywhere in Aruba?

No, you only have to pay for parking in the downtown area. Paid parking is from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM. After 3:00 PM you can park for free, inside the white parking spaces of course.

This includes the parking lot at Renaissance Marketplace, Royal Plaza Mall, Port of Call Marketplace, West straat, Werfstraat and the entire L.G. Smith Boulevard.

Parking is only free on Sundays and Holidays (or if mentioned otherwise).

What if you’re staying at the Renaissance Resort, should you pay for parking?

No, you can park your car for free as a guest at the parking lot from the Renaissance Marina Resort.

What about the beaches and the hotel area?

Parking at the beach is free! You don’t have to worry about paying for parking when you’re having fun at the beach in Aruba.

There’s also no cost to park around the low rise and hotel area (with exceptions of some parking lots near the malls in the high rise area).

How Much Is The Parking Rate in The Downtown Area?

The parking rate in the downtown area is 2 Aruban guilders for 90 minutes.

Every hour that you add extra after that will be 2 Aruban guilders (one guilder for 30 minutes).

If you’re wondering how to convert Aruban guilders to dollars – $1.00 dollar equals 1.75 Aruban guilders.

How To Feed The Parking Meter?

The parking meters in Aruba only accepts coins!

You can pay with local Aruban coins, US coins or an Aruparking smart card (I will explain what it is and how you can use it in a bit, keep on reading).

The parking meter doesn’t give back change (a very smart parking meter), so the best thing to do is pay the exact amount shown on the display.

Do people with disabilities have to feed the meters?

Yes, regular rates apply.

Instructions For Using The Parking Meter

So how do you go about paying for parking?

Here’s a picture of the parking meters in Aruba.

paid parking in downtown Aruba

A parking meter in Aruba.

Now that you know how the parking meter looks like, follow these 6 steps to pay….

  1. Park your car (in a white marked parking space) and note the number of the parking space.
  2. Press the green button to start.
  3. Choose your language and press the green button.
  4. Type the number of your parking space and press the green button.
  5. Insert your coins or smart card to pay your parking fee.
  6. Pull your parking ticket out of the machine and keep it, because the receipt number can be used to add more time at any parking meter in the downtown area.
paid parking in downtown Aruba

Pay for parking is simple.

What Is The Aruparking Smart Card?

The Aruparking Smart-card is a prepaid card encoded with a computer chip that allows you to purchase a predetermined amount of parking time for use at any parking meter in the downtown area.

Hold the smart-card above the parking meter scanner until your hear a beep to feed the meter.

The smart-card can be loaded with credit at various stores in the downtown area with an Aruparking logo.

What Should You Do If A Parking Meter Doesn’t Work?

Move to another meter to pay for parking time.

Note the number of the parking meter and inform one of the Aruparking staff.

The number of the parking meter can be found on either side of the machine.

When Will Your Car Get Towed & What To Do After?

There are plenty of rules and regulations for parking in the downtown area, your car will get towed when…

  1. Your parking time expires.
  2. If you’re parked in a no parking area.
  3. If you’re parked in a handicap space (and you’re not).
  4. When you park in a permit only space, indicated by yellow lines.
  5. If you car is blocking the driveway or other vehicles.
  6. If you’re parked in two spaces.
  7. If you park in incorrect parking zones & areas (Permit Holders)
  8. If you don’t pay your permit for the month (Permit Holders)
  9. If you’re permit sticker isn’t visible (Permit Holders)



Which Parking Spots Are For Permit Holders Only?

The parking spots painted in yellow are only for permit holders.

If you park your car in a yellow marked space (and you’re not a permit holder), your car will be towed on the spot – even if you paid for parking time.

What To Do If Your Car Gets Towed?

You have to pay a fee of $45.00 at the Aruparking office, which is in the downtown area, adjacent to the green town hall building. The address is Wilhelminastraat 13.  

They are open from 7:00 AM until 7:30 PM.

What If You Can’t Make The Payment On The Same Day?

If you can’t pay the towing fee on the same day, you will be charged an additional storage fee of $15.00 AWG, which has to be paid before your vehicle is released.

It’s certainly not fun to deal with paying for parking or getting a fine during your vacation, but if you follow the rules outlined in this article, you shouldn’t encounter any issues while parking in the downtown area of Aruba.




Last Words….

If you plan to explore the main street of Aruba, but still want to avoid the hassle of paying for parking, take the bus or taxi to the downtown area.

However, if you’re plan to visit the downtown area a lot for shopping and dinners, you should rent a car, because it’s less expensive than taking a taxi and more convenient than the bus.

Don’t have a car yet in Aruba?

Contact me to rent one of my cars or jeeps on the island.

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Are you looking for more information seeing a sunset in Aruba? We’ll here are a few things you should know about a sunset in Aruba. And the places you should consider going to watch the beautiful sun in Aruba disappear into the horizon.

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Enjoy a Sunset in Aruba

Late in the evening just as soon as day turn to night. The Caribbean sun starts to descend. Depending on the color of the sky and how much clouds you get a different type of sunset.

One thing I know for sure is every sunset in Aruba is different.

Beautiful Sunset in Aruba At Bushiri Beach

Located right next to an abandoned building which used to be the Bushiri Hotel lies a whole strip of beach sand. Here you can clearly see the sun in an unique angle.

The beach here is very nice and quiet.

Not a lot of people go here. So it’s a perfect place to see the day come to an end.


Standing at Malmok Beach

Head over to the north side of the island. There you will find Malmok Beach. It’s where everyone goes to snorkel.

The palapas there make for a stunning scenery. If you have a camera you can make some awesome compositions.

Take a look of this picture I took standing in front of a couple of days ago.

If you want to learn how to take good sunsets pictures in Aruba click here.

Crowded At Moomba Beach

If you’re into beach bars you should go to Moomba Beach area. This is located at the beach right next to Marriott Hotel.

It’s a beautiful place to watch a sunset in Aruba and drink a few cold ones.

Walk down along the soft sand to the waters edge, listen to the waves, take off your flip-flops and sink your toes deeper into the sand.


Aruba sunsets are truly one of a kind and a must see if you’re on the island.

Your vacation on Aruba wouldn’t be complete without seeing one for yourself.

Where are you planning to see a sunset in Aruba?

Are you looking for a peaceful time, because it’s too crowded at the beach? You should visit the Alto Vista Chapel. It’s the perfect place to have your own moment and relax!

When you find you need your alone time just go to the other side of the tropical side of the island into the dessert in Noord. You’ll find the bright yellow chapel between cactus and dirt roads.

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Alto Vista Chapel

The name alto vista means high view. And when you stand in front of the chapel the back drop of the waves crashing against huge rocks is amazing!

Locals use the chapel as a place to pray. When inside you feel the peace and serene. No talking, barely a sound. Just peace and quiet in your own thoughts.

When you want peace and quiet come here.

The Alto Vista Chapel is more than 250 years old. And considered to be the birthplace of Aruba’s Catholic religion.

Alto Vista Chapel Has A Peace Labyrinth

Besides a gorgeous chapel there is also an amazing peace labyrinth to be explored.

It has an unique and interesting design. Maybe the the shape of the labyrinth contains the secret to peace. I know one thing for sure, this place is beautiful. Another reason why I’m proud to live here.

We’re all looking for peace in Aruba.

Plan a day to visit the alto vista chapel during your vacation – you won’t regret it.

Consider taking a ride on the new Aruba streetcar system while you’re on the island.

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Aruba Streetcar System is The Only One in The Caribbean

The Aruba streetcar system is unlike no other. You can’t even compare it to anything else, because it’s the only one in the Caribbean region.

The electric tram in the downtown area was introduced to make Aruba’s shopping scene more attractive to tourist and locals. 

The Aruba streetcar system is a success and it is causing a hype. Every one wants to ride the colorful trams once they see it. 

There are a couple of trams in operation right now. A mix of a double deck trams and single deck. 

If you want the best view during your ride hop on the double deck tram.

The Ease of Exploring The Downtown Area of Aruba

Before the trams you had to walk through the streets. Now you can reach you favorite store quick and easy.

The tram ride starts at the cruise port. Looping at the end of the main street back to the cruise port. And of course stopping at various places during the trip.

The best thing about it is – it’s free!

Explore The Renovated Main Street of Aruba

The main street of Aruba was in need of a renovation. Now it looks beautiful. And there is no better time or way to explore the Aruba’s Capital city Oranjestad.

There is a lot to do in the downtown area. Whether your looking for a boutique or a place to eat and drink. You will find it.

If you’re planning to visit the main street, read about paid parking in the downtown area.

Are you going to ride the electrical train?