Living in Aruba

Aruba is an island in the Caribbean Sea, located about 12 degrees north of the equator, approximately 29km (18 miles) off the Paraguana peninsula of Venezuela. The island is about 19 miles (30km) long, 5 miles (8km) across and has an area of about 75 square miles. Its population is around 112,000 permanent residents. Aruba lies outside the hurricane belt and has a dry climate. Together with the islands Bonaire and Curacao, Aruba is referred to as one the ABC islands of the Dutch Caribbean. All 3 islands share the Dutch nationality.

Aruba Quick Tips

Calling Aruba
The international dialing code for Aruba is 297. Area codes do not exist in Aruba, so all numbers start with 5 except for cellular telephone numbers which start with 9, 7, 6 or 5.

Aruba’s currency is called the Florin, denoted by the letters Awg or Afl and divided into 100 cents. The rate of exchange with the US dollar varies but is typically around Awg 1.78, and Traveler’s checks are widely accepted.

Time Zone
The time in Aruba is Atlantic Standard Time. It is the same as Eastern Daylight Savings time all year long.

Drinking Water
Aruba’s water is among the best drinking water in the Caribbean. The island’s tap water is pure and refreshing, distilled in the world’s second largest saltwater desalination plant. Oil is refined on the island’s southwest coast and by-products of this process are abundant pure drinking water and electricity.

Health care
Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital is the main hospital and is well-equipped with 280 beds, plenty of staff and all needed equipment. Oxygen tanks and hemodialysis services are available. Hotels have doctors and dentists on call and appointments can also be arranged through your hotel. Several other medical clinics also exist on the island.