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Aruba offers an intriguing arid landscape, thrilling shipwreck diving, dramatic caves, and exciting shopping and nightlife. These features along with Aruba’s warm, friendly people make for One Happy Island.

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Overview

Aruba is the smallest of the ABC islands—only 120 square miles in area—with Curaçao and Bonaire rounding out the trio. But it offers an amazingly diverse experience in a small package. Tourists flock here for the sunny climate, perfect waters, and excellent beaches, so much so that the area around beautiful Eagle Beach is an almost unbroken line of hotels, restaurants, and bars. Here on the south coast, the action is nonstop both day and night. However, the fiercely rugged north coast is a desolate and rocky landscape that has resisted development.

With more than half a million visitors a year, Aruba is not a destination that will appeal to those trying to avoid the beaten path. Instead, you should visit Aruba if you're looking for a nice climate, excellent facilities, and lots of nightlife.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart without necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as vaccinations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the Government of Canada official website at http://travel.gc.ca. Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or licence in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.ca/Info/airlinebaggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Some countries have a per-person airport departure tax, which is collected at the airport.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.

Climate:
Average Temperature:
May through September: 28° to 29°
October through April: 28° to 29°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Other

Currency Information: U.S. dollars, travelers checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time. Aruba does not observe daylight saving time.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Public transportation and taxis are available on all islands.

Attire: Except in certain restaurants or nightclubs where a dress code is required, attire is casual.

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Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mattes often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Nonstop Nightlife : Aruba's after-dark activities are among the best in the Caribbean. No need to drive—the colourful Kukoo Kunuku party bus picks you up and pours you out at your hotel.

  • Bountiful Beaches : The powder-soft beaches and turquoise waters are legendary. Eagle Beach is the best, but you'll have to go off the beaten path to find an uncrowded stretch of sand.

  • Dandy Dining : Great restaurants offer a wide range of cuisine as good as any in the Caribbean. Don't miss local specialties like pan bati (a sweet bread resembling a pancake).

  • Courting Lady Luck : Aruba's casinos aren't as glitzy as their Las Vegas rivals, but they will please both casual and serious gamblers.

  • Hiking Arikok National Park : This windswept nature preserve lets you experience Aruba at its untamed best.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

De Palm Tours Tour Credit

The USD 100 tour credit is redeemable by contacting a De Palm’s Activity Sales Desk upon arrival in Aruba. If a De Palm’s Activity Sales Desk is not available at your hotel, please contact them at (297) 522-4400 or (297) 522-4500 to make your tour booking. When making the reservation and upon tour check-in, guests must present their travel itinerary showing their confirmation number. Space is limited so advance reservations are recommended. The amount of the credit will be deducted from the total tour cost and any remaining balance must be paid at that time. The credit may not be combined with other discounts. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. A 100% cancellation fee will apply for no-shows, or if the reservation is changed or canceled within two days of arrival into Aruba.

Additional Information

Tour Details
This credit is valid toward the purchase of the following De Palm Tours owned tours. Prices range from $40-$115 per person:
  • Aruba Sightseeing Tour
  • Seaworld Explorer
  • Sea Trek
  • Snuba (snorkelling and scuba)
  • Palm Pleasure Sunset Sail
  • Palm Pleasure Afternoon Delight
  • Discover Aruba Tour
  • Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure
  • Baby Beach Jeep Adventure
  • Natural Pool Jeep Adventure
  • De Palm Island by Bus (half day or full day)
  • Atlantis Submarine

Please note that not all tours operate daily and restrictions (age, weight, etc.) may apply. Prices are subject to change.
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Transfers

Region: Aruba
Transfer Company: De Palm Tours
Telephone: 297-582-4400 (24 hours)

Address:
L.G. Smith Boulevard 142
Oranjestad, Aruba
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, please claim your luggage and proceed through Immigration and Customs. A De Palm Tours representative, holding a Costco Travel sign, will greet you outside the airport. De Palm Tours will confirm the pick-up location and time for your departure transfer.

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