Driving in Aruba is relatively straightforward and convenient compared to many other countries. But it is nice to know more about it before you actually rent a car in Aruba to explore the island.

Friendly drivers

Aruba is known for its friendly and courteous drivers. The local culture places a strong emphasis on hospitality and respect, which often extends to the behavior of drivers on the roads. Visitors to Aruba often comment on the overall friendliness and politeness of the drivers they encounter.

Aruban drivers generally demonstrate courtesy on the road by allowing others to merge, giving way at intersections, and using their turn signals to indicate their intentions. Politeness and patience are valued, creating a more harmonious driving environment. They also tend to show respect for pedestrians, especially in marked crosswalks.

Aruba is a popular tourist destination, and local drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with visitors who may be unfamiliar with the local driving norms. Drivers often show patience and understanding towards tourists, making allowances for any uncertainties they may have while navigating the roads.

Road Conditions

Aruba has a well-maintained road infrastructure, including paved roads throughout the island. The main roads and highways are generally in good condition, but some smaller roads in rural areas may have potholes or uneven surfaces. It’s always a good idea to exercise caution and drive at a reasonable speed.

The road to the Natural Bridge is a road made of sand with small potholes. But if you drive slowly it is well accessible with a regular car.

The road to Arikok National Park is more difficult accessible with a regular car. The man made water channels are very steep. You will easily scratch your car on the front or back. The advise is to go with a higher car. It does not need to be a for wheel drive or a jeep.

Driving License

To drive in Aruba, you must have a valid driver’s license from your home country or an international driving permit. Some car rental companies may require you to be at least 23 or 25 years old to rent a vehicle.

Driving Site

Aruba follows right-hand drive, similar to the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. The steering wheel is located on the left side of the vehicle. But you might see some cars with the steering wheel on the right side. These are mostly imported Japanese cars. Japanese car manufacturers have a global presence and offer a wide range of models at various price points. Their vehicles are often readily available in the international market, including in Aruba. Additionally, Japanese cars tend to have competitive pricing, making them more affordable for consumers.

Traffic Rules

Aruba follows standard traffic rules, including obeying traffic signals, speed limits, and road signs. The speed limits are usually posted in kilometers per hour (km/h). The general speed limits are 60 km/h in built-up areas and 80 km/h on highways, but always pay attention to the posted signs as they may vary.


Aruba has several roundabouts, which are common traffic features. When approaching a roundabout, give way to vehicles already in the roundabout and yield to the right. It’s important to signal your intentions and choose the appropriate lane based on your intended exit.

Traffic lights

Aruba does have traffic light … or do we have to say Aruba does have a working traffic light in Oranjestad.

Car Rental

Renting a car is a popular option for exploring Aruba. There are numerous car rental agencies available at the airport and in major tourist areas. It’s advisable to book in advance, especially during peak tourism seasons. The car rentals at the airport are a little more expensive, but therefore easy to pick up or drop off.


Aruba has designated parking areas in towns and tourist areas. Look for parking signs or designated parking lots. It’s important to adhere to parking regulations to avoid fines or towing.

In Oranjestad you will see many paid parking spots. But the parking machines don’t work, so actually you don’t have to pay. Only in Noord, at the hotel area, you will find paid parking areas. They are well marked and easy to recognize.

Drinking and driving

Drinking and Driving: It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Aruba. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, and penalties for violations can be severe.

But a lot op people do drink and drive on the island. Therefore we advice to be more carefull in the evenings and early mornings. Most of the accidents in Aruba are caused by drunk driving.