A Newbie’s Guide to Aruba

March 04, 2019

Traveling to a distant locale for the first time is exciting, but also stressful, especially when it comes to all those little details that might not even occur to you till you’re stepping off the plane. If this is your first time visiting the beautiful island of Aruba, here are a few tips to make every step of the trip as easy as a day on the beach.

Clothes: Casual is king in Arbua. Shorts, sandals, and swimsuits are a must. If you’re traveling for business, you might want something slightly more formal, but even then, you’re not likely to need to break out a tie or high heels.

Chargers: Though Arbua is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, travelers from the USA or Canada need not pack an adapter for their electronics. Folks from the UK or continental Europe, however, will likely need one.

Money: The official currency of Aruba is the florin, but most shop owners will happily accept US dollars. The florin is pegged to the dollar, and 1 dollar equals approximately 1.8 florins.

Tipping: Though some restaurants and bars do include a service charge on the bill, others don’t, so check your receipt carefully. If no service charge has been added, a 15 – 20% tip is highly appreciated.

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