Aruba's currency options

The florin, the official currency of Aruba, closely follows the U.S. dollar

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Aruba's currency options

The official currency of Aruba is the Aruba guilder/florin(AWG), which is divided into 100 cents. Silver coins are in denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents, one florin, 2 1/2 florins and 5 florins. The square shaped 50-cent "yotin" coin is probably Aruba's best-known coin.

The florin fluctuates with the American dollar, having been at a fixed exchange rate since 1986 of 1.7900 AWG = 1 U.S. dollar. U.S. dollars are widely accepted in Aruba, and banks may exchange other foreign currency.

Credit Cards & ATMs:

Aruba is an extremely tourist-friendly island, and nearly every major credit card is accepted in airports, hotels, and many restaurants. If you have a PIN number for your credit card, you can also receive cash advances from your credit card at ATM machines. Travelers with ATM cards bearing the CIRRUS or Plus System network logos can withdraw cash in Aruba florins. Home bank accounts will be debited in dollars at a favorable exchange rate, and a service charge will apply. Before departing for Aruba, it's important to verify whether your PIN number will work in Aruba by calling 800-4-CIRRUS(424-7787).

Despite the need to exchange currency, credit cards and ATMs are easy to use in Aruba.


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