Essentials - Driving in Aruba
If you decide to rent a car to get around and explore the island, there are a few things you should know. Unless otherwise posted, speed limits in built-up areas is 40km/h and 60 km/h on highways and rural areas. Aruba has roundabouts (circles) at some major intersections that can be frustrating to some drivers. Traffic laws require that vehicles entering the roundabout yield to vehicles already in the roundabout. Many rural roads are dirt with many potholes. See our Traffic Signs Here
The major roads are LG Smith Blvd and Sasaki Highway which will take you the length of the island. Speed limits on these roads are 40 mph in most places though that is a very rough guideline. Because the island is so small, everything of interest is close to everything else of interest, and it takes special talent to get lost. If you don't know where you're going, just keep driving, and statistically speaking you are likely to end up where you need to go eventually. It should be noted, however, that many of the roads are not identified by signage. If you should get lost, look at the way the Divi trees are bent, they will always point West toward the hotel/resort area. Watch for dogs, goats or donkeys wandering on the roads.
To enhance the parking experience in several busy areas in Oranjestad, paid parking via parking meters has recently been implemented as a solution to the lack of available parking spaces. For more information on rates and where to buy a parking "SmartCard" please visit Aruparking.com.
If you are involved in an accident, DO NOT MOVE THE CAR, notify the police by calling 911 and wait for them to arrive.
- Driving is on the right
- Right turns on red are prohibited
- Speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour
- Traffic on traffic circles (rotaries, round-abouts) has the right of way. Drivers entering the circles must wait for an opening
- U.S. and international driver's licenses are valid
- At all intersections traffic coming from the right has the right of way
- Obey right, left and center arrows on multilane roads
- Pedestrians always have the right of way
- Wear your seatbelt