Long stretches of white, sandy beaches with crystal clear seas and palm trees – Aruba has everything you’d expect of an exotic island getaway. With sunshine and warm weather throughout the year, the island is one of the most popular in the Caribbean. For an easy going holiday, where it’s nearly impossible not to relax and unwind, Aruba is the perfect destination for those who want nothing more than to sunbathe. But there’s also plenty for more active holiday makers to go. The beaches offer a range of water sports from windsurfing to scuba diving and exploring the amazing sea life.
Driving in Aruba
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Urban Speed Limit
Rural Speed Limit
Motorway Speed Limit
Important things to note
Because the island is so small, all points of interest are fairly close by. If you do get lost, locals are happy to help if you ask for directions.
Lack of road signs and unmarked streets in downtown Oranjestad can make navigating difficult.
Traffic from the right always has right of way at roundabouts and intersections.
In Orenjestad most roads and intersections are one-way.
Driving culture in Aruba
What are the roads like Aruba?
Generally, road conditions are good across the island but can be slippery when wet. In more rural areas, roads are less likely to be paved and more likely to be dirt roads. The LG Smith Blvd and Sasaki Highway are the major roads which take you the length of the island. Beware of donkeys, goats and stray dogs wandering in the roads.
How will I find the drivers in Aruba?
On the whole, drivers are patient and courteous.
What are the best times to drive?
Avoid driving downtown when a cruise ship has pulled into port, as the volume of traffic increases considerably; causing congestion. There tends to be a lot of traffic around lunchtime and at the end of the day, so it’s recommended to avoid driving in or around the city at this time.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Children under five years of age must be seated in a child seat using an appropriate child restraint for their size.
If you have an accident in Aruba, you must remain at the scene until the appropriate authorities arrive.
You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law. It is recommended to use a hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone whilst driving.
You must always give way to pedestrians as they legally have right of way.