Life in Malmock centers around the beach, and if your vacation will, too, you won't have much use for a rental car. However, if you plan to spend some time exploring and getting to see Aruba's must-see sites, you'll want to have a vehicle on hand to help you avoid the high price of taxi fare.
Renting a car in Malmok won't be too different than what visitors from the United States would experience if they were to rent a car back in their home town. A collection of international chains are located around the Oranjestad, and some have attached themselves to various resorts throughout the island, while locally owned rental agencies are found in small towns.in
The chart below lists the rental agencies located in this general area.
|Hertz Hyatt Regnecy||(297) 852-1845||Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino - Palm Beach|
|Hertz Marriott Ocean Club||(297) 582-1845||Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|Hertz Marriott and Stellaris||(297) 582-1845||Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|National Marriott Surf Club||(297) 586-1400||Marriott's Aruba Surf Club - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|(297) 586-7703||Playa Linda Beach Resort - Palm Beach|
...illegal to make a right turn at a red light...
Malmok is located right along the main road of the island of Aruba, L.G. Smith Boulevard, which is without a doubt the best kept road on the island, which makes driving here easy. This road is paved, has great lighting, and even has road signs that direct you to local sites, restaurants, and hotels. Driving this road, you can get from one end of the west coast to the next.
It is important to be aware that just north of Manchebo is where the infrastructure begins to collapse. The roads are rugged, cracked, and pot holed if they exist at all, and animals are known to camp out right in the middle of the road. Sometimes, you'll be able to drive around them, but at other times you'll simply have to wait until they move out of the way.
Driving-styles and laws in Malmok and the rest of Aruba are similar to those in the United States. Driving is done on the right side of the road, everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a seat belt, especially children, who under the age of 10 must be in the back seat and strapped into the appropriate child safety seat. Finally, motorcyclists must wear a helmet. One important law to be aware of is that in Aruba it is illegal to make a right turn at a red light. Speed limits range from 40 kilometers per hour in urban areas all the way up to 80 kilometers per hour out of town and on the highway. The speed limit is known to drop in residential areas and near schools, so always be on the lookout for those posted signs.
Rentals are available to tourists between the ages of 25 and 70 who have a valid driver's license from their country of origin, which has been active for at least two years. You will also be asked to provide a deposit of up to $500(USD) on a credit card on top of the daily fee you'll pay for your rental. This cost will be between $40 and $80(USD) a day depending upon the make and model of your rental, as well as any extras you ask for. This does not include the cost of insurance. The Toyota Yaris is the most popularly rented vehicle on the island. Thanks to the fact that it is small and a gas saver, it is the least expensive model available. You can ask for a different vehicle, such as a Jeep, but make sure you do so in advance of your trip to make sure they reserve it for you.
Since you could encounter issues locating places to refuel, view the chart below for a picture of where some are located.
|(297) 583-8369||Korteweg 2 - Oranjestad|
|(297) 587-1130||L G Smith Boulevard 250 - Oranjestad|
|(297) 586-8266||Palm Beach 6 F - Noord|
If renting a car is in the cards for you, you couldn't have chosen a better vacation destination. Driving in Malmok is made easy by well-maintained roads, amiable local drivers, and laws that are similar to what you'd find in the United States.
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