Roadway Guidance in Aruba

Driving rules and conditions in Aruba may include a few surprises

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Rental cars are a popular choice for vacationers in Aruba who want to strike out on their own and go at their own pace during their vacation.  For those considering this as an option, there are some important facts to be aware of.

Driving in Aruba occurs on the right-hand side of the road, just as in America. Those with a valid U.S. license and who are 21 years-of-age may legally drive in Aruba without taking any further steps such as getting a temporary license.

Local laws require drivers and passengers to wear seat belts and children under 5 years to be secured in a child safety seat; if children are older and no longer required to sit in car seats, they should sit in the back seat. Motorcyclists must wear helmets. The only significant difference from the most common U.S. driving laws is that right turns on red lights are always prohibited.

The U.S. State Department rates the road conditions in Aruba as shown below:

Safety of Public Transportation Excellent
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance Fair
Availability of Roadside Assistance Good

Aruba 's main thoroughfare, L.G. Smith Boulevard, is well-lit, and most hotels and tourist attractions are easily located. Speed limits in Aruba are not consistently enforced, so drivers should be alert at all times for speeding cars, which have been known to cause fatal accidents. In the interior areas of the island, drivers should be alert for herds of livestock that may cross the roads unexpectedly.

Buses provide convenient and inexpensive service to and from many of the larger hotels, downtown shopping areas and other major tourist locations. Taxis, while expensive, are safe and well regulated. The price, however, is government regulated and there are no meters, so passengers should verify the price before entering the taxi.

As you can see, driving yourself is not the only option for getting around Aruba, but it is one that most tourists consider.  Whether or not you plan to get behind the wheel yourself, take the time to familiarize yourself with local driving laws and regulations so that should the need for you to drive arrive, you are well prepared. 


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