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 about 112,000. 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. All 3 islands share the Dutch nationality. Oranjestad is the name of Aruba’s capitol.
The international dialing code for Aruba is 297. Area codes do not exist in Aruba, 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. and divided into 100 cents. The rate of exchange with the US dollar is Awg. 1.77 for cash and Awg. 1.79 for checks. Traveler’s checks are widely accepted.
The time in Aruba is Atlantic Standard Time. It is the same as Eastern Daylight Savings time all year round.
Aruba’s water is one of 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.
Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital is the main hospital and is well-equipped both with 280-bed as regards staff and 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.