As such a popular tourist destination, much of the goings-on in Palm Beach cater to tourists who may or may not be in possession of their own vehicle. Because rental cars are not a necessity in this part of Aruba, you'll have to weigh the options and decide if a rental is the right choice for you.
The rules and regulations surrounding the rental of a vehicle in Palm Beach is similar to what you'd experience if you tried to rent a car in the United States. Most rental car agencies require that renters be at least 21, while others won't rent to anyone under the age of 25. You must have a valid license from your country of origin of which you have had for two years, or an international driver's license, and a credit card upon which to hold your deposit. Most rental agencies keep the deposit under $500(USD).
Without specification from renters, local agencies will typically rent out a small sedan like a Toyota Yaris. This type of vehicle will be fine if you plan to stick to the main roads, however, tourists who like to get off the beaten path, or have plans for exploring northern Aruba should make sure to ask for a sports utility vehicle because the roads are known to get a little rough out that way.
View this table which lists the many different local vehicle rental agencies.
|Hertz Divi Phoenix||(297) 582-1845||Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|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 Mill Resort||(297) 586-4151||Mill Resort & Suites - The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|(297) 586-7703||Playa Linda Beach Resort - Palm Beach|
...no right turns on red...
A departure from many other islands in the Caribbean, Aruba's road conditions are quite good, and you will find that driving through Palm Beach is similar to driving around any resort area on the United States, only on a smaller scale. The roads may have the occasional crack or pot hole, but for the most part they are smooth, well marked, and well-lit.
Local law enforcement makes sure to keep drivers in check, so as you're driving around, make sure you are not only aware of local laws, but that you obey them. For example, motorcyclists must wear helmets, and all passengers in a standard vehicle must wear seat belts. Children are to sit in the back, and anyone under five should be in a car or booster seat. There are absolutely no right turns on red allowed, and this is where most American tourists usually end up being ticketed.
Speed limits are marked in kilometers per mile, so make sure to become familiar with reading kilometers on the odometer of your vehicle. Expect to see speed limits of 40 kilometers per mile in town and up to 80 kilometers per mile outside of town.
Not all of the roads on the island are in great condition. In particular, northern roads are falling apart or aren't paved at all, and towards the center of the island it isn't uncommon to come across a goat blocking the road. If he won't move and there is no room to get around him, you'll be stuck waiting until the goat has decided he is ready to move on.
In case of emergency, call 9-1-1, however, if you are unfortunate enough to get into a minor accident in which there are no injuries, leave the vehicle where it is and call 1-0-0 to reach the police, who will come out to investigate.
Expect to spend anywhere from $40 and $80(USD) a day during the high season, plus the cost of insurance. As you might expect, the price varies by agency and even by day, plus there are always deals going on, so make sure to discuss pricing directly with your agency of choice.
Check the chart just below that will show you some refueling locations in this general area.
|(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) 586-8266||Palm Beach 6 F - Noord|
Although not necessary, having a rental vehicle on hand can be a huge convenience. If you've got room in your budget, and feel confident driving in a foreign country, know that Aruba is one of the places recommended for renting a vehicle in the Caribbean.
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