ARUBA – The island of Aruba has become synonymous with all things tropical — white sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters and a year-round tropical atmosphere — which is why it is one of the most re-visited islands in the Caribbean.
“There is never a bad time to visit Aruba,” said Matthew Smillie, owner of Aruba Villa Vacation Homes, which specializes in villas for vacation getaways. “Temperatures are consistently mild, the island is outside the hurricane belt and the sea temperature stays around 82 degrees all year long.”
For travelers who can’t stand another morning spent scraping ice from their windshield during the coming winter months, be sure you are informed about the latest documentation requirements before you book your Aruba vacation rental.
According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, more than nine million Americans stayed at least one night in a Caribbean country in 2010. Prior to 2009, most Caribbean countries did not require a passport, but new rules titled the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires returning Americans and other nationalities to have a passport for reentry into the United States.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport for air travel, including to and from Aruba. All sea travelers must now also have a passport or passport card. Visitors to Aruba may be asked to show return tickets, proof of sufficient funds and proof of lodging accommodations for their stay. Length of stay for U.S. citizens is granted for 30 days and may be extended to 180 days by the office of immigration. During your stay as a tourist, you are not allowed to work.
“We understand how complicated traveling can be,” said Smillie. “That is why we are happy to assist travelers by providing you with proper proof of lodging paperwork for your beach villa as well as answer any questions you may have.”
The official currency of Aruba is florin, but the U.S. dollar is also widely accepted as well as travelers’ checks and many major credit cards. ATMs also dispense U.S. dollars and florins. One U.S. dollar is equal to 1.79 florin.
Papiamento and Dutch are the official languages of Aruba, but most Arubans speak a minimum of four languages including Spanish and English.
Aruba is on the Atlantic Standard Time year round.
“Vacationing in Aruba is affordable and fun for the whole family,” said Smillie. “Once travelers figure out the seemingly ever-changing passport laws, they are ready to experience the whirlwind of activities, nightlife and natural wonders that is Aruba.”
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