The Caribbean is known for poor driving conditions and ancient rental cars, but things in Oranjestad are different. Although the roads can become congested (especially during rush hour), they are in quite good condition and most foreign drivers will easily be able to find their way around.
The process for renting a car in Aruba is quite similar to what visitors from the United States are used to. There are numerous international chains and several local agencies that offer a variety of makes and models, the rules and regulations are similar, and the prices aren't too pricy to boot.
Most tourists arrive inthrough the which is located in Oranjestad, and immediately pick up their rental car before heading to their lodgings. When you exit the airport, head to the bus terminal and directly across the street you will see multiple rental car agencies all in a row awaiting your business. Although it is wise to reserve your rental in advance, you can walk right into one of the shops and rent a car right then and there.
Not everyone wants to pick up their rental right away. Plenty of hotels offer shuttles from their airport, and many tourists choose to instead take the shuttle, get settled in, and have their pre-arranged rental car brought to them at their hotel. Not all rental agencies do this, so make sure to ask.
The most common cars available for rent in Aruba are small models known for being gas savers, such as a Toyota Yaris. If you want or need a different vehicle, such as a Lexus for style and comfort, or a Jeep for off-roading, make sure to reserve your vehicle in advance. Always be sure to check that your rental has air conditioning as well, because not all rentals are automatically equipped with that option.
Check out the following chart that shows the various area vehicle rental agencies.
|(297) 582-0009||Schotlandstraat 61 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 582-7006||Mahuma 55 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 588-2818||Pavilla 6 C - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Alamo Reina Beatrix||(888) 826-6893||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|All Drive Car Rental||(297) 582-9444||Tanki Leendert 121 K - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) North of Oranjestad|
|(297) 583-9742||Kamerlingh Onnestraat 72 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Amigo Rent A Car||(297) 583-8833||Schotlandstraat 56 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Budget Oranjestad||(297) 582-8600||Camacuri # 10 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Budget Reina Beatrix||(297) 582-8600||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Deals On Wheels Rent A Car||(297) 583-4042||Wayaka 33-F - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Dollar Reina Beatrix Airport||(297) 586-0101||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|(297) 587-6291||L.G. Smith Boulevard 136D - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Economy Car Rental||(297) 582-0009||Bushiri 27 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 582-5496||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Hertz Main Office||(297) 582-1845||Sabana Blanco 35 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Hertz Reina Beatrix||(297) 588-7570||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Hertz Renaissance||(297) 582-1845||Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino - Downtown Oranjestad|
|More 4 Less Jeep & Car Rental||(297) 588-7255||Sabana Blanco 61 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|National Reina Beatrix Airport||(297) 852-5451||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Optima Car Rental Aruba||(297) 582-4828||Camacuri 8 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Optima Rent A Car||(297) 582-4828||Camacuri 7 ZN 1 Aruba - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 588-6269||Cas Di Paloma 18 B - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Smart Rent A Car||--||Avendia E. J. Watty Vos - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) East-Southeast of Oranjestad|
|--||1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North of Oranjestad|
|Thrifty Aruba Airport||(297) 583-4902||Reina Beatrix International Airport - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Thrifty Main Office||(297) 583-4042||33F Wataca - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(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|
|(297) 583-9666||Pos Abao 17 - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|(297) 585-7621||Papilon 18 B - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
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Tourists from the United States, especially those who live in mid- to large- cities will find driving in Oranjestad to be very close to what they are used to back home. Traffic moves one the right side of the road and the streets can get pretty busy, especially in the center of town, and even more so during rush hour. Local law insists that motorcyclists wear helmets and all people in a car wear a seat belt at all times while the vehicle it in motion. All children under the age of 10 should ride in the back seat, and those under the age of five should be properly restrained in a child safety seat. Note that unlike in the United States where you can make right turns at a red light, in Aruba this is prohibited.
The roads in Aruba are typically well-kept, especially in Oranjestad since it is such a populated area, and road signs in town will help you get where you need to go. However, if you travel outside of the city, you'll notice the infrastructure weakening just slightly, and the road signs becoming less and less prominent. The island's main road, L.G. Smith Boulevard, runs along the entire length of the island's west coast, including through Oranjestad. This road is well-lit and has plenty of signs directing you to hotels, restaurants, and popular attractions.
The roads to the north can be rugged at times, and some dirt roads are common here, so make sure to rent a vehicle with good suspension if you have the desire to explore this area of the island. Also, if you plan to make any trips to the center of the island, be prepared to encounter animals on the roadways. Goats in particular are often seen standing in the middle of the street, giving no indication that they will be moving any time soon. In some cases, you'll be able to move around them, while in others, you will simply have to wait them out.
Speed limits do exist here, though they are noted in kilometers per hour, rather than miles per hour. Typical speed limited at 40 kilometers per hour in urban areas and 60 to 80 kilometers per hour out of town. School zones and residential areas will note even lower speed limits. Should the unthinkable occur and you get in an accident, leave the vehicle where it is an call 1-0-0 for the police, or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.
In order to rent a vehicle in Aruba, you must be between the ages of 21 and 25, and typically no older than 70, you'll need a driver's license from your country of origin that has been active for two years, and you'll need to be prepared to put down a deposit of up to $500(USD) on your credit card. All of these things vary by agency, so make sure you discuss the specifics with the location you choose to rent your vehicle with. Rentals will typically cost between $40 and $65(USD) a day for a compact car, and up to $80(USD) for a sports utility vehicles or a van. Deals can be found in the low season of tourism, and some hotels even offer packages that include a rental from a local agency. Also, plan for an extra charge if you add insurance to your rental package – and it is always recommended that you do.
As you can see below, rates can vary widely, depending on the season and type of vehicle. The lowest rates are typically only available from the lowest cost firms when demand is low. The highest rates are what you might need to pay during the high season at one of the busier agencies.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Full Size Car||$ 30.00||$ 75.00|
|Economy Car||$ 30.00||$ 75.00|
|Compact Car||$ 33.00||$ 86.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 35.00||$ 97.00|
|Light SUV||$ 55.00||$ 95.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 60.00||$ 89.00|
|Full Size Van||$ 72.00||$ 205.00|
|Mini Van||$ 85.00||$ 110.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 85.00||$ 150.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 185.00||$ 291.00|
|Compact Car||$ 185.00||$ 354.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 200.00||$ 411.00|
|Light SUV||$ 280.00||$ 485.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 290.00||$ 419.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 365.00||$ 490.00|
|Mini Van||$ 450.00||$ 485.00|
|Heavy SUV||$ 450.00||$ 490.00|
|Full Size Van||$ 475.00||$ 775.00|
Take a glance at the table below that will show you the handful of fueling options in and around Oranjestad.
|(297) 583-6220||Caya G F (Betico) Croes 235 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(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) 583-0233||Sabana Blanco 69 Aruba - Pimavera|
|--||1.1 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Oranjestad|
Renting a car in Oranjestad is an easy task to undertake, as is driving around. Tourists who are planning to rent a vehicle rather than take a taxi or use the local bus system are encouraged to do so without much warning.
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