Renting a Car in Malmok

Step off the beach and into a rental car to explore outside of Malmok

Photo credit: © Juliana Pisa

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

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 Reina Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, and some have attached themselves to various resorts throughout the island, while locally owned rental agencies are found in small towns.

Check out this table for several of the rental agencies located in this area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
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
Thrifty Playa Linda (297) 586-7703 Playa Linda Beach Resort - Palm Beach

...illegal to make a right turn at a red light...


Driving in and Around Malmok

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.

The Cost of Renting a Car

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.

Gas Stations

Since you could come across problems finding places to refuel, take a look at the chart that follows for an idea where some can be found.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Star Minimarket (297) 583-8369 Korteweg 2 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
T-Paradise Villas Minimarket (297) 587-1130 L G Smith Boulevard 250 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Valero Palm Beach Gas Station (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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