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 Aruba - General Info

Time Zone

UTC - 4

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 127v - (Lago Colony 115V)

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

Aruban florin of 100 cents.

The Aruban Florin cannot be exchanged outside of Aruba. The Antillian Guilder is not accepted as an equivalent, and has to be exchanged in banks. US$ are widely accepted. There is a fixed rate of exchange with the US dollar. 1.79$US to 1 Aruban Florin (fixed since 1986).

Travellers cheques and credit cards are widely accepted, but only certain ATM cards can be used.

Communications

International dialing code for Aruba is +297.

Low-cost Aruba cell phone service.- rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers.Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising through the islands using Digicel should be aware that you cannot top up a sim from one island in another as used to be able to. So if for example you want to use the sim bought here while cruising through other islands, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or you can set up an account and do it online, but you cannot get it topped up in another island.
You can top-up Digicel at
https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Transport

There are good, clean, safe and air-conditioned buses servicing the island.

Diplomatic Missions

US Consulate General - (also responsible for Aruba)
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Tel +599 (0)9 461 3066

Consulate of Canada -(also responsible for Aruba)
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Tel: +599 (0)9 466 1115.

Salvadoran Consulate in Oranjestad, Aruba
Hugo de Grootstraat 1
Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone: (+297) 5821085

Consulate of Panama in Aruba
Noord 68, Noord
Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone: (+297) 5862908
Fax: (+297) 5864089
Email: panama@ciudad.com.ar

Consulate of Portugal in Aruba
Waterweg 3Postbus 94
Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone: (+297) 5853570
Fax: (+297) 5853570

Consulate of Colombia in Oranjestad, Aruba
Layex Building, Suite 1
Wilhelminastraat 19
Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone:+297-583-7268
Fax: +297-583-7271
Email: caruba@minrelext.gov.co

Consulate General of Venezuela in Oranjestad, Aruba
Bilderdijkstraat 1
Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone: +297-582-1078/+297-583-2247
Fax:+297-582-3317
Email:veneconsul@setarnet.aw

Vice-Consulate of Denmark
L.G. Smith Blvd. 82
Postal Address: P.O.Box 189, Oranjestad
Tel:+297 (8) 24622
Fax:+297 (8) 21627
meta.corp@setarnet.aw

Events

Carnival, February or March

Last week of June and first week of July: Aruba Hi-winds

Pro-Am International Racing

June 24th : St Johns Day

December 6th: St Nicolas Day

Emergencies

Emergencies dial 911

Publications

Imray and Adlard Coles Pilot Books are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

A Cruising Guide to the ABC Islands (January 2015)
www.FreeCruisingGuides.com (free download)
The 2nd edition of the Free Cruising Guide produced by Frank Virgintino.
Now available in Spanish.

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (July 2012)
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores (September 2012)
The three .pdf files are free to download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite further details here

Aruba Cruising Guide
A free guide to Aruba for sailors, 2011
See "links" below.

Cruising Guide to the Caribbean
By William T. Stone and Anne M. Hayes
Publisher Sheridan House. Rev Rep edition (August 21, 1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0924486579

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

Gotto Go Cruising the ABC Islands
By D Waterson & D van der Reidjen
Publisher Compass Consultants Ltd
ISBN 978 780955 232800

Grenada to the Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Publisher Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson- 3rd Edition 2014
ISBN 9781846235818
This edition covers each island between Grenada and Barbados to the Virgin Islands and is a translation from Jacques Patuelli's original French version with pilotage notes, tourist information, formalities and facilities

Aruba Tourism Authority

Aruba Cruising Guide A very useful guide to anchorages, supplies and other information for cruisers.

www.tropicalsnorkeling.com A guide to some of the best snorkelling spots.

Update History

October 2017: Clearance procedure updated by Dea Latis.
January 2017: Clearance, Customs & Immigration updates from Ronald L.
October 2015: All formalities and Security updated.
July 2015: Publication added
May 2015: Publications checked
January 2015: All formalities checked/updated.
April 2014: Update to Clearance port.
December 2013: Customs rules update from Debbie of SV Billabong.
February 2013: Immigration updated from offical website.
November 2012: Customs updated following report from Gunnar Eriksson of s/y Kahiba that no TIP required and no charges reported by  (arriving on a Sunday). Confirmation that new rules still in place provided by Sanders of East Wind Marine Services.
October 2012: Updates to the new Customs Rules from Jean-Charles Bellemare.
September 2012: All Aruba Formalities updated with assistance from East Wind Marine Services.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Kwasnr
Kwasnr says:
Oct 22, 2017 04:04 PM

Agree with everything Amazing Marvin wrote..

Rick SV Airborne

Kwasnr
Kwasnr says:
Oct 22, 2017 03:57 PM

October 2017:
The only place worse than Aruba to tie up to for clearance is Barbados... Concrete dock, old black tractor tires, lousy placement of cleats, no one to help with lines, and winds and swells pushing you onto the dock... Not cruiser friendly at all...

The island is great, but not sure the struggle with checking in and checking out is worth it?

RonaldL
RonaldL says:
Feb 02, 2017 06:39 PM

Despite earlier messages, we found the Navionics charts dated september 2016, to be spot on.

RonaldL
RonaldL says:
Feb 02, 2017 06:35 PM

The Port Athority has listened to complaints appearantly: for immigration and customs, when entering from sea go to the commercial harbour, go in between red and green bouys, just stay in the channel between the docks on your starboard and the reef on your port, just before the giant yellow crane at the second slip you see at the round corner of that slip some yellow boulders and a white wooden board for your fenders. Briljant. Only the mooring lines should still be somewhat longer and not new! Use some old ones. It is a bit bumpy because of windwaves in the harbour and wake from passing ships. But not problematic. You will be between big tugs probably. If a cruiseship is entering the main channel, you will almost be able to touch it, so close does it seem to be.
However before entering the harbour from sea, call Aruba Port Control CH11 for permission to enter.
When docked the immigration and customs officers will come by car to your boat for the simple effective procedure (yes, 2 forms to be filled out and an entry-card for each crewmember.
When leaving the dock, first check with Port Control if they allow you to move, cruiseships have right of way here.
This is all our experiece when entering Aruba february 2017.

burnettmed
burnettmed says:
Oct 26, 2015 09:54 PM

I agree with the comments on clearing in at Aruba. At the moment, they still have you go to the commercial dock right next to the marina in Oranjestad, not Barcadera, to clear customs first, which is frustrating as the Renaissance Marina and customs are literally right next door to each other. The reason many don’t like the dock is because it is not designed for small boats. Huge, rotting rubber tires 1.5 feet wide line the concrete dock and oil the side of your boat, and the giant bollards provided to lasso your lines around are spaced too far apart. We had to tie our 48 foot catamaran dockside to a bollard at the bow and a tiny rusty hook (not cleat) that happened to be sticking out of the ground at the stern, because the next bollard was too far away. No one is there to help you tie up, which means the lineperson has to lasso the bollard from the boat or jump the huge divide between the boat and the dock created by the fat tires. If the port authority arrives early, they will just watch the madness from their cars. We heard that the port people are not trained to handle lines (not sure why, liability?) and apparently too many sailors/yachties screamed at them when they tried to help in the past. When we went to check out, a very nice dockworker assigned to the tugboat next door helped us with our lines. We thanked him profusely! Would recommend putting all fenders out on the port side and have some long lines available as you approach the dock.
It is also irritating that you have to return to the same dock to check out, “in case they need to inspect your boat,” which they apparently rarely do. However, once docked, customs and immigration came to the boat immediately for us, and the check-in and check-out process was as quick as it could be (you can’t escape all those declaration forms!) We were done in 45 minutes. Note “Cruise Ship Season” is October through April; might be busier then as they get up to four ships a day, and they all come in before noon and leave around sunset. Would therefore recommend an afternoon check-in/check-out.
Note that our Navionics Gold charts were completely off regarding buoy locations, depths, and just about anything around Oranjestad. It’s unbelievable how bad they are, especially since the Garmin charts we run on our iPad were much more accurate.
However, it would be a tragedy if one skipped visiting Aruba because of fear of the customs dock. It is a fun island, and the people are friendly! It is expensive and some of the best sites are away from marinas and anchorages, so I think those with enough resources to afford renting a car for a few days to explore would get the most out of it. I highly recommend tropicalsnorkeling.com for places you can snorkel without paying a tour company, and aruba-cruisingguide.com has excellent info on anchorages and more details on clearing in.
Renaissance Marina doesn’t have many spots and is pricey, but the location is primo and with your fees you get access to Renaissance Island as well as the hotels and pools within walking distance from the marina. They use med mooring. This was the first time we med-moored, and it was easy because the marina sends someone out on a dinghy to help you with the ball, and they also have a trained person at the dock to help with lines. It helps if you have long docklines; we bought two 60-ft ones while there from the marina store. This chandlery is well-stocked with good pricing and helpful staff.
Do not pay for “Wi-Fi Aruba!” It is slow and clunky. We got much better Wi-Fi boosting up the marina’s Renaissance Wi-Fi. Unlike in America, the Wi-Fi at Starbucks in Aruba is terrible.
Melinda Burnett
SV The Amazing Marvin
www.burnettsahoy.com

Debswoods
Debswoods says:
Jul 17, 2015 01:10 PM

You must call Aruba Port Control for permission to enter Oranjestad. We were asked to wait an hour before entering which can be a bit tricky if it is blowing as it was for us (35kn). You may need to be patient as we then had trouble contacting Aruba Port Control and had to ask Ren Marina for some assistance contacting them. The Customs Quay is H quay you come past the Marina and there are two docks on the right and it is the most Northerly dock. There are yellow bollards. Be aware this is used for cargo ships also and there are large tyres keeping you off the quay for the most part but in some areas these are missing and there are some nasty looking rusty extrusions so it is advisable to have plenty of fenders out on the port side to keep your hull from being marked. If you are single handed there may be someone on the quay to help but this is a little haphazard. We then had to wait over three hours for customs and immigration to come to us.it can be frustrating. Leaving Aruba you reverse the process and for us having expected to be waiting on the Customs Quay a while we were rushed through and told to be off the quay and out in five minutes and leave via the Northern channel as a large ship was due in. All yachts are now being asked to use the Customs Quay whilst work is ongoing at Barcadera and so calling Aruba Port Control on Ch 16/11 is necessary to ensure you don't argue with any of the large cruise liners and container ships in the Port!
Renaissance Marina were very helpful and sorted out all the paperwork for us. Having said we would be there for 7 days ....it was over three weeks before we finally got a weather window for Colombia.
SV Orion1

gregory vanwinkle
gregory vanwinkle says:
Jan 24, 2015 03:02 PM

Call Aruba Port Control on VHF 11. They will direct you to Barcadera or the North Basin beside the cruise ship dock which is 100mt from the Ren Marina. If in Aruba more than 7 days, will have to temp import vessel. (65$)

Ren marina is a god clean marina. full access to all hotel amenities etc.

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