Good news: you can feel safe and secure on your next Aruba tour. Aruba is without a doubt one of the safest places in the Caribbean and tourists are welcome to walk around at night without fear. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions, naturally, but you can relax and enjoy your vacation without too much anxiety. We would recommend keeping an eye on your valuables, especially in places like San Nicolas where tourists are known to visit, and try to avoid wandering through neighborhoods that seem especially sketchy. Just take the same precautions you’d take in any American city and you should be perfectly fine.
Not only is Aruba as safe as any first-world country, but it also has plenty of first-world infrastructure. The medical facilities are modern and well-equipped, the tap water is extremely clean and safe to drink, and the roads are well-maintained, especially in the more urban half of the island. Monolingual vacationers will be relieved to hear that English is very common in Aruba, although it never hurts to brush up on some words in Spanish or Dutch just in case. While Aruba has its own currency, Aruban florins, most vendors accept US dollars as well, so you don’t have to exchange your money if you’re coming from the US. In fact, most ATMs in Aruba stock both florins and dollars, so don’t worry about bringing a big roll of cash with you. The island also has fairly loose liquor laws, so you can relax on the beach with a cocktail without being harassed by the police – just make sure you clean up any empty bottles when you’re done.
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