The country's two noteworthy tracks take full advantage of the oceanside terrain and wonderful weather. Aside from the two below, the other course of sorts worth noting is Adventure Golf, perhaps the world's largest miniature golf course.
Golf Courses at a Glance
- Aruba Golf Club
Ph: 297 842006
A nine-hole course located near San Nicolaas.
- Tierra del Sol
Ph: 297 60978
Located on the island's northwest tip, this par-71 design by Robert Trent Jones II was Aruba's first world-class golf resort when it opened in 1995.
1. What and where is Aruba?
Aruba is a Dutch colony located in the south Caribbean Sea, only 15 miles north of Venezuela. It is 19.6 miles long and only six miles across at its widest point. The island's southern coast is populated with white beaches and blue seas, and also home to the capital city, Oranjestad. Conversely, the northern coast is best known for his rugged and wild characteristics, bordering up to the Atlantic Ocean.
2. Do I need any special documents once I get there?
Citizens of the United States and Canada are permitted to stay in Aruba for a maximum length of three months without a visa, provided that they have proof of sufficient funds and have purchased a return ticket. Travelers from these two countries must present either a valid passport or a birth certificate to gain entry into the country.
3. Will I suffer from any jet lag?
That of course depends on where you are coming from, but the Virgin Islands are in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time during daylight savings time.
4. What type of weather should I expect?
The average temperature in Aruba is 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Average annual rainfall is only about 20 inches, and it is located outside the hurricane belt.
5. What is the official language and currency?
Aruba is a Dutch colony, thus the official language is Dutch. However, English, Spanish and Papiamento are also spoken fluently throughout the region. The official currency is the Aruban florin, which can be obtained via exchange or from local ATMs.
6. What taxes will I have to pay during my stay?
The exit tax from Aruba is $34.25, but it is usually incorporated into the cost of your plane ticket.
7. Besides golf, what are some worthwhile activities?
The most popular outdoor activities include deep sea fishing, cycle tours, horseback riding and the usual assortment of water sports. And for the very occasionally rainy day, there are several historical and archaeological museums. By night, there are a multitude of clubs and restaurants that have live music throughout the week, several sunset cruises and a few casinos. Also, many enjoy a midnight dip in the warm Atlantic Ocean.
Aruba is about a two and a half hour plane ride from Miami International Airport, and American Airlines makes that flight twice daily. But it is not the only departure point around the United States. Delta and American makes scheduled flights from New York, Atlanta and San Juan, while United flies from Washington D.C. and several charter plans make flights regularly from other popular cities. The easiest departure points from Canada are Toronto and Montreal, just be prepared to make a stop in the U.S. first.
Since the island of Aruba is so small, renting a car is not a necessity, especially given the abundance of taxis and easily accessibly bus system. Renting a scooter or motorcycle is another popular option. But if you are going to explore the entire island, renting a 4-wheel drive jeep is the best way to go, as it will allow you to explore the rugged terrain on the northern coast.