Getting Around Aruba

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    MY NEW CAR is the best way to...

    by Jefvdw Written Aug 25, 2002

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    MY NEW CAR is the best way to go here!
    I made from two Brazilian buggy's who were stalled for years this marvel which I called MASERATI NOIZZ GT.
    A do-it-yourself five hammer job !
    I get a lot more macho impression with it than all the Lexusses of the island toghetter.
    Included: Open Airco, Double Muffler, Huge All Track F1
    Wheels, Uncorrodble Case and lot of options.
    Payed cash and still some money left.
    See in my traveloque for full demonstration.

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  • By Plane, there is no other...

    by Mirellaboer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    By Plane, there is no other way
    The best way is to rent a car. A 4wheel drive is the best, but it isn't necessary.
    When you are staying in a hotel and you want to go to Oranjestad, you can also take the bus, it's cheaper and you don't need a parkingplace.
    When I was there we hitch-hiked al the time, it's an option, because the most people on Aruba are very friendly, but I think you feel saver when you know the island well before you go hitch-hiking.

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  • We arrived in Aruba on a...

    by jennyp Written Aug 25, 2002

    We arrived in Aruba on a direct flight from Miami on American Airlines.
    Aruba has excellent public transportation. There is a bus that runs up and down the main strip (LG Smith Blvd) past all the hotels and timeshares and back to Oranjestaad. Buy the roundtrip ticket, it costs less.

    Definitely spend the money and a rent a car for a least a day so you can explore the other side of the island. Guide books will tell you to get a 4-wheel drive vehicle, but we were fine with our two-door Toyota Yaris.

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  • Aruba's airport has just...

    by Arubasun. Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Aruba's airport has just completed a multi million dollar expansion and renovation process. The airport now features loading bridges and is capable of handling 2.1 million passengers a year up from 1.2 million prior to the expansion. Aruba's airport is said to be the most beautiful airport in the Caribbean. U.S. immigration and U.S. customs are also present at the airport making thus all flights heading towards the U.S. from Aruba, as domestic flights and not international. So Americans that do leave Aruba to head back home need not pass through U.S. immigration and Customs back home as they have already done that in Aruba, they only thing that they need to do is to pick up their lugage. This is also applicable for visitors of other countries that are leaving Aruba heading to the U.S.

    The above picture is a car plate, every car plate on the island has the logo 'Aruba One Happy Island'. Every year the color of the plate changes. If you have paid your car tax on the island you will get a new plate with a different color the following year.
    Old car plates are often thrown away or served as a souvenier. As matter fact many visitors that do come to Aruba are seeking old number plates to carry with them back home.
    The infrastructure of Aruba is close to perfect. You ride on the left hand side of the road. You are allowed to ride on the highway from Oranjestad the capital to San Nicolas the second city at a maximum speed of 85km per hour. Even on little Aruba there are traffic lights, traffic boards and more than 8 round abouts, not to mention a 4 lane highway which connects Oranjestad with the economic motor of Aruba which is the hotel area. The northern part of the island is ideal for an off road jeep safari tour. Most of the roads to the north of the island are dirt roads and development is not allowed on the entire north coast of the island. Fasten your seatbelts when cruising the north coast of Aruba it will be a bumpy ride with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea crashing onto the Aruban rocky north coast.

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  • Definitely rent a car & stop...

    by sdhc Written Aug 24, 2002

    Definitely rent a car & stop off the beaten path for some snorkeling at places where the locals go. We never worried about safety - it appeared very safe there, mostly we think because there seems to be a middle class. Not too many poor people on this island (and I think we covered it all!).

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    fly or you can come with bunch...

    by nikolka Written Aug 24, 2002

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    fly or you can come with bunch of middle-aged Americans travelling on cruises around Carribbean ... not for me though
    gotta get a car, whether you want or not. If you want be a hardcore tourist you can go around in these - how should I call it - kindergarden jeeps, bigger hotels and locals organize tours around the island in zebra-like jeeps, the seats are covered with plastic so that your sweat doesn't infuse itself into them (how hygienic, no matter you sweat more on plastic ...). Buses run only in the main area. Well, there are so-called Banana buses running around, if you wanna party and get drunk and sing songs and stuff (usually around 3-4 in the afternoon;)) then go for it. Otherwise I must say: yep, rent yourself a car...

    And when you rent yourself a car, can you PLEASE do one little thing for me? id='layer1' style='position:static;background-color:crimson'Do not ride on the white-sand beaches with your great rented car! Stay beaches/nature friendly!

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    Take a plane! It's a small...

    by ibanez Written Aug 24, 2002

    Take a plane! It's a small island off the coast of Venezuela, so I doubt you'll want to put your car on a ferry! Cruise ships are also great ways to enter Aruba
    You can either rent a car for 2 or 3 days to see all the sights.....the island is only 75 sq miles! Or you can take some tours. I've always rented the car and done it on my own schedule.

    If you don't feel like renting a car, you can take a taxi to Oranjestad from the low rises and high rises for right around $6 each way.

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    There are two ways to get to...

    by Bunununu Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are two ways to get to Aruba. By plane or by ship (it's an island). Cruise ships stop in there often. To my way of thinking, the highlight of any cruise is the island(s) it stops at. So why not just fly there and spend a week or two in paradise? But cruises are fun, too.
    We always rent a 4WD for the north shore drive. We prefer the hardtop versions with air conditioning. The north shore is a great place to go beach combing.

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    As far as I know there are...

    by fraz Written Aug 24, 2002

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    As far as I know there are only two ways to get their from the states; American Airlines and Air Aruba.
    Once we landed at Queen Beatrix Airport in Oranjestad we took a Taxi to our resort and seldom ventured out. We did go out one night and took a Taxi. Taxi fare is reasonable (not cheap - nothing is in Aruba) and all of our drivers were very friendly and gave us a local/tour guide view of the Island.

    We did not rent a car but I hear that is a good way to go, although quite expensive (US$80 a day).

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  • Air Aruba, contact Air Aruba...

    by BROOKS Written Aug 23, 2002

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    Air Aruba, contact Air Aruba at 011-297-830005 or 800-882-7822.

    Start your vacation to the Dutch Caribbean with warm hospitality on an airline dedicated to your comfort. Air Aruba combines the natural Aruban amiability with a professional willingness to serve. We are finely tuned to the unique needs divers may have. Relax in plush, roomy seats, sipping complimentary cocktails as our team dedicates themselves to offering the best possible airline service.

    The fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-83 and DC-9 aircraft flies a convenient schedule direct to Aruba, and then on to Bonaire and Curaçao from Baltimore, Miami, Newark, Tampa, Caracas, Medellin, Bogota, and Sao Paulo. Service from any US city is available through our airline partners.

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    The taxis are expensive

    by Fodeman Written Jan 27, 2004

    I recomend you use the bus because travel around the hotel zone
    The taxis are expensive,for example a trip of 2 km cost $ 9 dolars
    The bus cost $1 from your hotel from the downtown ( 10 minutes )

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    Why not fly AIR-ARUBA...

    by LysDor Updated Aug 30, 2002

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    &cg...Aruba of course! The service was amazing and full of attention - a really pleasant surprise indeed!!

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    You can fly in or get there by...

    by mocca Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You can fly in or get there by one of the cruises.
    The three best ways to get around are: Hire a car, take a taxi or take a minibus, and on the island that is it basicly.

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    I flew down on USAirways.

    by svillegirl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You can rent a car or take taxis. I saw many people hitching rides also.

    This photo is at the Hyatt's pool.

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    You have to fly...unless you...

    by Danby63 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You have to fly...unless you do a boat and it would take a few days.
    Gotta do cabs for the hard to reach areas, otherwise the bus system was great.

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