Although renting a car is not necessary for your stay in Manchebo, it definitely makes getting around easier. As an added bonus, Aruba is known for its easy driving conditions and newer model vehicles.
To rent a vehicle in Manchebo, tourists have to be between the ages of 25 and 70. Exceptions can be made, but they are rare and at the discretion of each individual rental agency. You will also need to have a valid driver's license from your home country that has been active and in good standing for two years – this part is non-negotiable. Also, in addition to the cost of your rental, you'll be expected to present a credit card with a balance of up to $500(USD) available to put on hold as a deposit.
Small gas-saving cars are the most common rentals on the island, with the Toyota Yaris being at the top of the list, though other models are available. Just make sure to book in advance and ask for the specific car you want, such as a Jeep if you'll be traveling off the beaten path. This will ensure they save one for you for your arrival.
Most rental agencies are found in Oranjestad at the , so you can pick up your rental immediately upon arrival, but you also have the option of taking a taxi to your hotel in Manchebo and then get your car in town. Some agencies are even willing to drop off and pick up the rental from your hotels if you make the arrangement in advance.
Take a look at the following table which identifies the various area vehicle rental agencies.
|(297) 582-0009||Schotlandstraat 61 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Deals On Wheels Rent A Car||(297) 583-4042||Wayaka 33-F - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Hertz Divi Aruba||(297) 582-1845||Divi Aruba All Inclusive - Manchebo|
|Hertz Divi Village||(297) 582-1845||Divi Dutch Village - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) West-Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Hertz Tamarijn Beach Resort||(297) 582-1845||41 JE Irausquin Boulevard - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Optima Car Rental Aruba||(297) 582-4828||Camacuri 8 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Thrifty Car Rentals||(297) 588-7843||Casa Del Mar Resort - Manchebo|
|(297) 583-4832||Camacuri 8 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 588-7825||Camacuri 8 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
...Speed limits are posted in kilometers...
Driving in Aruba is a departure from what you may have heard about driving in the Caribbean, where islands are known for their rugged conditions, unkempt roads, and erratic drivers. On Aruba, you'll find driving and roadways to be similar to what you'd find in a mid-sized city in the United States. Traffic moves on the right side of the road as in the U.S., and many laws are similar, such as the fact that seat belts are required, helmets must be worn by motorcyclists, and children under the age of 10 have to ride in the back of the vehicle and be buckled into the appropriate child safety seat. There is one difference in Aruba that drivers should be aware of; however, and that is that right hand turns on red are prohibited.
Speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour instead of miles per hour, with the typical speed in town limits being 40 kilometers per hour and 60 to 80 kilometers per hour on the highway and outside of urban areas. You'll find speed limits drop even lower near schools and in residential areas.
Roads in the most populated areas are very well-kept, though you may notice the concrete weakening just slightly as you travel outside of areas such as Oranjestad. In Manchebo, you can expect the roads to be mainly up-to-par, but may notice a few cracks here and there. Road signs will help you get from place to place, though most roads are unlit at night. L.G. Smith Boulevard, the island's main road, runs straight through Manchebo, and this road is not only well-lit, but has signs that direct drivers to specific restaurants, hotels, and attractions.
Not only is renting a car in Manchebo easy to do, but so is driving around the island. For this reason, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who would discourage you from renting a car for your getaway.
The rental itself should cost somewhere between $40 and $65 a day for a compact car or up to $80(USD) for a van or sports utility vehicle. This does not include the cost of insurance. If you're looking for a deal, plan to visit during the low season of tourism, or book a package deal that includes air fare, hotel, and the vehicle.
Since you might have issues spotting gas stations, take a look at the table just below to get a picture of where some can be found.
|(297) 583-8369||Korteweg 2 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 587-1130||L G Smith Boulevard 250 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
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