- Outside Hurricane Alley
- English widely spoken
- Pre-clearance Customers partner with the U.S.
Ranked as one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean, Aruba is a 21 mile independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands that boasts an average annual temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The island lies on the southernmost tip of the Caribbean, roughly 17 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Aruba is fortunate enough to sit outside the threat of Hurricane Alley, and because of the trade winds, the island tends to be very windy. If you are a fan of sports like kite surfing and sailing then Aruba is definitely the tropical paradise for you.
Native languages are Dutch and Papiamento, but with 60% of their visitors being American, English is spoken everywhere. Plus, with close proximity to South America, Spanish is spoken quite frequently as well.
One of only 15 preclearance airport locations in the world, people traveling to the U.S. will clear customs directly on the island of Aruba because of a relationship with the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP). There is a departing terminal specifically for United States bound passengers, and once customs is cleared in Aruba, tourists will no longer be required to pass through again upon landing in their final destination on U.S. soil. The process does require much more time to complete, so make sure you give yourself between 3.5 to 4 hours before your scheduled departure time.