The smallest and westernmost of the Caribbean islands, Aruba lies just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela and 42 miles west of Curacao. The island is 19.6 miles long, and six miles across at its widest point, with a total area of 70 square miles. Approximately 101,000 people reside here full time, and more than 540,000 visit during the course of a year. You’ll find fabulous clean white beaches, perfect mild weather, and great-secluded coves for swimming. Nearly every night there are theme parties, treasure hunts, beachside barbecues, and fish fries with steel bands, limbo or Carnival dancers. Perfect for bringing your imported Columbian dates from San Nicolas red zone. Aruba is home to a whole world of duty-free shopping and many cruise ships visit the shores during their Caribbean itineraries. Holland America Lines, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Majestic, Sun Line and Princess amongst others sail to Oranjestad. Dutch, English and Spanish spoken.
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Temperatures year round at 80 degrees. No rainy season, light winds consistently. January, February and March are the most popular times to visit. During Carnival, just before Lent, the island is hopping with parades, festivities and parties.
Entry Requirements :
From the US, a birth certificate and photo ID is required, although a passport is recommended. The Passport must be valid for at least 3 months after intended return to home country. For stays of over 14 days and less than 30 days, the traveler will be issued with a Temporary Certificate of Admission by the Immigration authorities on arrival in Aruba. All visitors require a return or onward ticket. In this case the visa cost for single entry is approximately £16 depending on the exchange rate.
Departure tax: US$34.25 per person for all travelers over two years of age. This is normally included in the ticket price.
Airlines serving Aruba include Air ALM, Avensa (from Venezuela), Avianca (from Colombia), American Airlines, Continental Airlines, KLM, Martinair (from Miami) and VARIG (from Brazil). Land at Hato
International Airport. Approximate flight times: From NY is 4 hours, LA is 10 hours, London is 11 hours 40 minutes (including a connection).
IDD available. Country code: 297. Outgoing international code: 00. Payphones, from which international calls can be made, are located all over the island. Call the old lady and tell her you’re playing in a highly competitive basket weaving competition and can’t be interrupted for the next week.