Important Things to Know about Aruba
Throughout the course of operating our website, All Around Aruba, we are frequently asked questions about things that you can and cannot do in Aruba. Obviously we can't list everything, but I am happy to provide some of the basics and the more important things to be aware of when visiting our beautiful Island.
PLASTIC BAG BAN
As of January 1st, 2017, Aruba has banned the use of plastic bags for groceries and shopping, considered "single use". This means that when you go to the grocery store you will need to either bring your own re-usable bag, or you can opt to purchase one at the grocery store. This initiative has been implemented to help stop the damage that plastic bags do to the ocean and to the Sea Life.
Although many people seem to enjoy the rock stacking fad, it is in fact banned in Aruba. You will still see sections near Baby Beach where people stack the rocks, but it is entirely discouraged.
The main reason behind the ban is that it alters the landscape and can cause damage and erosion. So please do not risk it and don't participate in rock stacking.
DRIVING ON BEACHES
Driving any vehicle, bike, or motorized device (ATV's, UTV's, JEEP's, ELECTRIC BIKES, etc) on the beaches of Aruba is a big no-no! First of all, it causes damage and erosion, makes a mess of the beach for others, and in some cases, damages can endanger wildlife, such as turtles.
There is generally plenty of areas in which to park around the various beaches. Unless there is an event happening, I have never had an issue finding a safe and nearby spot to park.
This may sound funny, but it actually happens. Please do not attempt to remove wild goats, wild donkey, birds, reptiles, starfish and other sea creatures. You could face serious legal consequences and it's simply not worth risking it. Just enjoy the wildlife and leave them for others to enjoy as well.
At least 10 days prior to arrival in Aruba, you should check the current travel restrictions and notifications for Aruba. If you are traveling from certain areas of the world, you will be required to carry proof of vaccination to enter into Aruba. Currently if you are traveling from certain areas in South America, (even if your coming via cruise ship) you will be required to have a recent Yellow Fever vaccine.
One of the many nice thing about traveling to Aruba is that it is not necessary to change out your money. The majority of places on the Island accept credit cards, debit cards and US currency. Some of the smaller places may even provide your change in florins, but fear not, its easy to calculate.
Aruban's are taught 4 languages in school, English, Spanish, Papiamento and Dutch. This makes it super easy to communicate with locals and to ask for direction, referrals, or help should you need it.
Driving in Aruba is not difficult. There are quite a few "round-abouts" in place, simply look before entering them. Driving is on the right side, same as in the US, and the speed limits are posted all along the routes. If you get lost, just enjoy discovering the Island. Aruba is only 6 miles by 20 miles, so you won't be lost for long.
Mostly you simply need to use your common sense when traveling around Aruba. If you are unsure of legality of something, you may just simply not want to participate in it. Best to be safe then sorry and have an enjoyable visit to Aruba.
Lizzie McKay is an avid traveler with a special Love for Aruba. She loves exploring new places and trying out new things, and sharing those adventures with you. She writes articles and takes photographs for All Around Aruba website and is a contributing writer for various blogs.
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