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Aruba Travel Tips

Size

Aruba is around 20 miles long and 6 miles wide for a total of 70 sq miles.

Population

The population of Aruba is around 1,010,600.

Language

Dutch is the most widely used language in Aruba, although English and Spanish are also spoken. Some locals also speak Papiamento, a creole of Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.

Currency

Aruba’s currency is the Aruban Florin (AWG). The exchange rate for 1 USD is 2.21AE. The Aruban Florin is tied to the US Dollar.

There are several ATMs around the island, although many only accept those with a CIRRUS or Plus System logo. Credit cards are widely accepted at many larger shops and hotels. It is advisable to take traveler’s cheques in denominations of US Dollars to avoid any additional exchange rate charges. The US Dollar is widely accepted as currency, although local currency can be obtained from banks or ATMs in Oranjestad. Other currencies can be exchanged in banks, which usually close for an hour at lunchtime.

Electricity

The electricity in Aruba is 120 volts AC, 60Hz and the power outlets are identical to those of the US and Canada.

Attire Etiquette

Lightweight, casual clothing is recommended for daytime due to the high temperatures, although be aware that some restaurants do not allow shorts or t-shirts. It is advisable to pack a sweater or cardigan to combat the sometimes over-zealous air conditioning in hotels, restaurants and malls.

Abaco Travel Tips

Size

Abaco is around 130 miles long and 4 miles wide for a total of 649 sq miles.

Population

The population of Abaco is around 13,000.

Language

English is the most widely used language in Abaco, although some locals will also use a Bahamian patois.

Currency

Abaco’s currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD). The exchange rate for 1 USD is 1B$. The Bahamian Dollar has parity with the US Dollar, meaning that this is also accepted as legal tender.

ATMs are available in airport terminals and in banks and shopping centres. It is advisable to take traveler’s cheques in denominations of US Dollars to avoid any additional exchange rate charges. Currency exchange can be found at banks, bureaux de change and in some larger hotels. Credit cards are also widely accepted.

Electricity

The electricity in Abaco is 120 volts AC, 60Hz and the power outlets are identical to those of the US and Canada.

Attire Etiquette

Dress code in Abaco is usually casual. Lightweight or tropical cottons are recommended, although be aware that in some restaurants and bars men are required to wear shirts or jackets and closed-toe shoes.

Cabo Rojo

Overview

Most well known for its limestone cliffs and salt flats, Cabo Rojo is located on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. The name means “red cape” in English and this name was apparently given by Christopher Columbus to describe the red color of the aforementioned cliffs and salt flats. Featuring interesting architecture and several notable monuments, Cabo Rojo is mainly flat making it a breeze to explore.

Weather

There is no bad time to visit Cabo Rojo as it benefits from a year round tropical climate. Average daily temperatures generally sit between 73 degrees and 86 degrees. The rainy season occurs from April to November although showers are often short. Hurricane season usually runs from June to November although the island is rarely affected by hurricanes.

Time Zone

The time zone in Cabo Rojo is Atlantic Standard Time (UTC-4). Daylight Savings Time is not observed.

Sightseeing

  • Los Morrillos Lighthouse – Built 200 ft above sea level atop of limestone cliffs, the views from this lighthouse are spectacular.
  • Salt Mines – The island’s greatest export, there is a visitors center at the salt mines which offer free guided tours of the surrounding area and informational history of the industry.

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Banana boats
  • Jet skis
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • Sunset cruises
  • Bird watching
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Beaches

  • Playa Sucia – This breathtakingly scenic beach features stunningly blue waters and is perfect for swimming. The beach is overlooked by the Los Morrillos Lighthouse
  • Combate Beach – A great spot for a picnic, this long thin beach has clear waters and a handful of water sports.

Anguilla Travel Tips

Size

Antigua is around 14 miles long and 11 miles wide for a total of 108 sq miles.

Population

The population of Anguilla is around 15,000.

Language

English is the most widely used language in Anguilla.

Currency

Anguilla’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). The exchange rate for 1 USD is 3.34EC$. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is tied to the US Dollar.

There are several ATMs at the airport, certain shopping malls and several banks in The Valley. It is advisable to take traveler’s cheques in denominations of US Dollars to avoid any additional exchange rate charges and any foreign currency can be exchanged in the capital. US Dollars are also widely accepted as currency around the island and prices when quoted will usually be in USD.

Electricity

The electricity in Anguilla is 110/220 volts AC, 60Hz and the power outlets are identical to those of the US and Canada.

Attire Etiquette

Beachwear should be confined to beach resorts and hotel swimming pools, whilst topless and nude sunbathing is prohibited. Lightweight cottons are recommended throughout the year due to the high temperatures, whilst waterproofs are advised during the rainy season.