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Aruba: Useful Information For Travellers

Fast Facts

Capital: Oranjestad
Population: 100,000
Size: 70 square miles/184
Time difference: Atlantic Standard Time one hour ahead of New York except during Daylight Savings when the time is the same.


Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish Portuguese Dutch English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish.

Getting there

Aruba is located in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles (20 km) off the coast of Venezuela.
Aruba's Queen Beatrix Airport

Getting around

Currency & banking

Local currency is the Aruban florin. The is divided into 100 cents. The square shaped 50-cent coin (yotin) is Aruba's best-known coin. U.S. dollars are widely accepted in Aruba. Banks are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Pleasantly warm throughout the year.