Located along the northwest coast of Aruba near popular Eagle Beach, Manchebo is also a beach resort community where guests can stay in a number of island-style accommodations from bungalows to luxury resorts. Before your getaway can begin, you'll have to make plans to travel to Aruba and figure out how you'll get around when you arrive.
For the majority of tourists, their vacation in Manchebo will begin in Oranjestad, since transportation to the island, be it by air, yacht, or cruise ship, all centers around the capital city.
Reliable transportation is what Aruba is known for, so no matter which option you're inclined to choose, you can't go wrong whether it be to rent a car, hire a taxi, or take the bus.
About 15 minutes away from Manchebo by car is thein Aruba's capital city of Oranjestad. For most tourists, this is the gateway to their dream vacation in paradise, and it begins with one of the most modern facilities in the region. In the last decade, several million dollars worth of renovations have brought amenities such as an on-site medical center, two banks, an advanced flight and baggage information system, escalators, spacious elevators, a duty-free shopping mall, a food court, free WiFi, and even a meditation room. In order to accommodate the influx of tourism, the asphalt runway is able to operate in two different directions for both landing and take-off.
Over 100 direct flights from the United States and Canada alone fly into Reina Beatrix International Airport, and many large commercial carriers also offer non-stop flights from Europe and Latin America. Read more about air travel to Aruba.
Even though Aruba is quite far from the Caribbean core, it is not uncommon to have visitors sailing to the island from places like the the Bahamas, , Trinidad, and even southern Florida. Many of them will find the marinas and docks in the Manchebo area a perfect place. Located slightly to the north of downtown, Manchebo is a bit less crowded, and free of cruise ships. However, it is still close enough that docked sailors walk to many of their destinations, and take a short cab ride for the others.
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The cruise industry has its ups and downs in Aruba, and in order to promote this transportation option as a viable one to Aruba's guests, the ministry of tourism has sunk millions of dollars into the cruise terminal to brighten it up and make sure it has everything cruisers need to see that Aruba is the place to be. Today, cruisers can get off the boat and be welcomed by plentiful duty free shopping, restaurants, and a bus stop and taxi stand which will help tourists get out and explore the island. Through these services, cruisers can easily get to Manchebo to spend their day at port on the beach.
Renting a car for your stay in Manchebo may not be a necessity, but for many tourists it is their preferred mode of transportation. The cost to rent a car is very inexpensive, and if you request a compact car that is good on fuel such as the popular Toyota Yaris you could pay as little as $60(USD) a day – and even less if you rent for a week or more. If you're planning to rent a car, make sure you are aware of the requirements for renting and driving on the island, which include being between the ages of 25 and 70 and possessing a driver's license that has been active and in good standing for at least two years. Each rental agency will have its own requirements as well, and more than likely you'll be required to put a deposit of up to $500(USD) on your credit cards to protect them in the event of loss or damages.
If you are looking for some more information on rental cars, be sure to check out our specialized Manchebo Rental Car Guide.
Taxis in Manchebo blend right in with other vehicles on the road, so you'll have to pay close attention to the license plate, which will be marked with a “TX” if you're trying to hail a cab on the street. Most tourists have better luck going to a taxi stand which may be set up in major tourist destinations, or calling a local company to have a driver pick them up. Rates are set in advance by the government, so you won't find metered taxis here, but even so, a trip from one end of the island to the next can be extremely pricy.
Learn more about what it is like to utilize local cab services by reading our guide to Manchebo Taxis.
Buses in Manchebo originate from the main bus terminal on Lloyd G Smith Boulevard in the center of Oranjestad, but make the rounds throughout the island. The buses are brightly colored and never hard to find, filled with locals and tourists alike who all seem to be engaged in lively, friendly conversation as they take on the streets of Aruba. To ride the bus it costs $2.30(USD) per person for a one way trip, and you can hit most of the island's major tourist attractions, plus shopping centers, and beaches this way.
The transportation options both to and on Aruba are plentiful and reliable. This makes planning a trip to Aruba easy because you know what you simply can't make a wrong decision with regards to how you'll get around.
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