As one of the most populous towns on the island of Aruba, Noord can see quite a bit of traffic. Fortunately, this is in no way a deterrent for tourists who want to rent a car as their main source of transportation. The roads here are in decent condition, and traffic laws are quite similar to what North Americans are used to.
As soon as you exit the, you'll be bombarded with car rental agencies. There are multiple branches that line the street across from the airport, and you can easily walk over and rent a vehicle without prior reservation. Still, it is advised that you do make plans in advance so that you can have specific requests (like air conditioning, make, and model) fulfilled. The most common type of vehicle to be rented is a smaller sedan such as a Toyota Yaris. However, since you are planning to stay in Noord which is a gateway to exploration of Aruba's north coast, it is recommended that you request a Jeep or other sports utility vehicle with four wheel drive and good suspension.
View this table for the rental agencies in this area.
|(297) 586-5001||Boroncana 12 B - Sabana Lider|
|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|
|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|
|Value Car Rental||(297) 586-1709||Koyari 30 C - Sabana Lider|
|(297) 583-9666||Pos Abao 17 - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
...have an easy time getting around...
Driving in Noord is not too different than driving in a small-sized American city. The roads are fairly well maintained, well-lit, and marked so that you should have an easy time getting around. Traffic moves to the right side of the road like in the U.S., though speed limits are marks in kilometers per hour, rather than miles per hour. In town, you'll find posted speed limits of about 40 kilometers per hour, but less in residential areas and around schools, and outside the limits could go up to 80 kilometers per hour.
Local driving laws are enforced, to make sure to heed them. Everyone is to wear a seat belt when the vehicle is in motion, and children are designated to the back seat. Every child under the age of five must be in the appropriate child safety seat, and motorcyclists will be required to wear a helmet. Note that right turns on red are prohibited everywhere in Aruba.
Roads just to the north of Noord are known for being rugged, and it is not uncommon to hit a dirt road on your explorations. To the south, closer to the center of the island, you'll find that livestock roams free, and on occasion you'll encounter an animal in the middle of the road. If you can't get around them, you'll simply have to wait for them to cross.
In the unfortunate event that you get into an accident, leave the vehicle where it is for investigation and dial 1-0-0. This will direct you to the police who will come out and make a report. If injuries are involved, call 9-1-1 the emergency hotline, instead.
The requirements for renting a vehicle in Aruba are that you must be between the ages of 21 and 70, have a driver's license that has been valid for at least two years, and have a credit card with up to a $500(USD) limit for your deposit. Most rentals will cost somewhere between $20 and $80(USD) a day, depending upon the amenities and car-type, plus you will have additional cost of insurance, an extra expense that is highly recommended. Deals are not hard to come by. Usually you'll find them as part of a package deal with your lodgings, or during the tourism's off-season. Keep in mind that all of these stipulations are subject to the rental agency's discretion, so make sure you confirm with them before making budgetary plans.
As there happens to be a limited number of gas stations near the surrounding area, be sure to view the list below to gain a better feel for the situation.
|(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|
|(297) 586-8266||Palm Beach 6 F - Noord|
Whatever your reasoning for wanting to rent a vehicle on Aruba, you'll find that most experienced tourists recommend that you go for it. With well-enforced traffic laws that keep local drivers in check, good road conditions, and reasonable prices, there are rarely enough negatives to keep someone from renting a car for their vacation in Noord.
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