US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving.
Part of the Dutch ABC islands below the hurricane belt, and only 12 miles from Venezuela, Aruba does a brisk trade in year-round sunshine, with great diving and lively beaches. One of the most popular islands for US timeshare owners.
Area: 74.5 sq miles
Political: Self-governing since 1986 but part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Official website: www.aruba.com
Currency Aruban Florin. Dollars used widely.
Visa Needs Not required. Maximum stay 90 days.
Health Care Dr. H.E. Oduber Hospital, Oranjestad (297-587-4300)
Banks & ATMS. Widely available if using Cirrus.
Free WIFI Locations. Excellent coverage around Palm Beach resorts
Internet Cafes. Plentiful
Cell Phones access/Dialing code +297
Safety Tips. One of the safest Caribbean islands.
Departure Tax $36.75