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Car rentals in Aruba: All you need to know

The island of Aruba has a plum spot in the southern Caribbean Sea, and its gorgeous weather and beautiful beaches have made it a top draw for decades. If you’d like to see every piece of this little slice of paradise, reserve a cheap car rental and get ready to have a good time exploring the island.

How can I get a cheap car rental?

With a cheap car rental from CarRentals.com, you can see the country at your own pace. It's easy to find a great deal on a rental car, if you follow these simple steps:

  • Compare car rental deals before making your reservation;
  • Take a shuttle and pick up your rental at a non-airport location;
  • Have a clear idea of how much fuel and mileage you’re going to need; 
  • Make your booking as early as possible for the best rates;
  • Stick to one driver.

What do I have to keep in mind when renting a car in Aruba?

Cars travel on the right-hand side of the road and speedometers and road signs are in kilometers. Much of Oranjestad's traffic is one-way and roundabouts are very common. Aruba is a very small island, so there is little chance of you getting lost in your rental car!

What Aruban car rental companies are good?

You can rent cars for low rates from many big suppliers including Hertz, Avis, Alamo, and Enterprise to name a few. More4Less also operate locally. Check the reviews before making your reservation.

What kind of car rental should I get?

Upon arrival, will you be driving the whole family from Queen Beatrix International to your hotel with lots of luggage? In this case, a Jeep, SUV, or minivan are great options, but a convertible might appeal to you if you're a couple on your honeymoon.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Aruba?

The minimum age for renting is 23 years and the maximum age is 70 years. A young driver surcharge may apply for drivers between 23 and 25 years old. 

Do I need insurance when renting a car in Aruba?

Yes. Your car or credit card insurance might cover car rental or, as a US citizen, you can purchase insurance at the CarRentals.com checkout.

Can I book with unlimited mileage?

Usually, yes. Even if you're on a budget, you might find that while you save on the initial purchase with limited mileage, it works out costing you more to pay for the extra miles. Plan your trips in advance and decide if unlimited mileage suits you.

Can I use a debit card for an Aruban hire car?

No, most companies do not accept debit cards, so have a credit card ready to make your booking. Remember that prepaid cards or cash are not accepted for bookings. 

Is it possible to hire a car one-way in Aruba?

It's usually possible, though not internationally, and there is often an additional fee. Check with your supplier for their available rental locations. 

Which sights and/or cities are must-sees in Aruba?

Aruba is only about 20 miles long and 6 miles across, and your rental vehicle can help you see every inch of the island. Start out in the capital city of Oranjestad. This compact community is easily navigable by car, and is host to the Archeological Museum of Aruba, and the historic Fort Zoutman. You can also cheer on the soccer team at Trinidad Stadium, or spend a day enjoying the famed beaches. We recommend a stop at Eagle Beach or Palm Beach, and Malmok Beach is perfect for snorkeling.

What is a good road trip in Aruba?

Thirteen miles north of the capital is the California Lighthouse, the perfect place to view the rest of the island. You can also get up close and personal with the striking natural landscape in Arikok National Park, located 15 miles east of Oranjestad.

Traffic tips to keep you safe

Infrequent rain sometimes causes a build up of oil and dust making conditions slippery, so test your tires, handbrake, and wipers. Keep your eyes on the road since there are sometimes iguanas, dogs, or even goats in the road and other drivers may stop at any time to greet or give way to another driver.

For cheap rates on Aruba car rentals, browse our selection on CarRentals.com today. We feature some of the best discounts on car rentals, whether you’re in the mood for an economy van, a Jeep, or a luxury convertible. Make reservations right here on CarRentals.com to explore Aruba the right way.