Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
'Aruba, One Happy Island'
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Arubans are friendly and culturally American oriented. Everyone speaks English, but a few words of Papiamento, the indiginous language, will open many door. For example: "Kon ta bai?" (How are you?) and "Bon Dia" (litt. "good day").
Like in the USA, 110 Volt. An adapter plug may come in handy, depending on where you're from.
Food and drink
There are many different (small) restaurants on Aruba, from European to Chinese. But you have to taste a pastechi (patty) with chicken, a typical Aruban dish.
There ar incredibly sweet soft drinks, in flavors like Grape (purple), Cherry (red) and Pineapple (yellow). The Aruban beer is Balashi Beer. Tapwater is okay to drink.
Aruba has its own currency, the Aruban Florin, but it is mainly used by the local population. Tourists usually pay in American dollars. Make sure that when you get change, it is in dollars. In casinos, especially in Oranjestad, changing foreign currency for dollars is advantageous.
There aren't that many ATMs, most are in the malls in Oranjestad. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Tropical climate, lots of sun and a refreshing north-eastern tradewind.
There is no collect calling on Aruba. Calling from your hotel room is very expensive. It's better to call from a call center, like Cetar in Oranjestad (near the main post office).
In the western part of Aruba the main roads are paved. In the inland (kunuku) the roads are unpaved and it's probably better to rent a 4WD.
Arubus is the name of the public transportation system. There are regular bus services from the hotel zones to the bus terminal in Oranjestad. A single ticket is one dollar, a return ticket 2 dollars. In the bus terminal are also buses to Dakota, Savaneta, San Nicolas and other towns.
Taxis don't have meters but use fixed prices.
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