Aruba is a Dutch dependency in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock beside the bus terminal at the capital Oranjestad. Cruise schedules available here http://www.arubaports.com/main/cruiseship-schedules/
Money and Tipping
The Arubus system can take you from Oranjsted to the major beaches and accepts US dollars and coins. Fare is US $1.50/one way or 4 Fl / $2.30 US round-trip (Dec 2011). Change may be given if available. There is bus service every 15 minutes from 5:45 am until 6 pm. The central bus station in downtown Oranjestad is located directly across the road from the cruise terminal next to Royal Plaza. All buses to Malmok or Arashi stop in front of all hotels starting with Bushiri Beach Resort. Visible on the buses are signs denoting the Hotel area, Hotel or town where the bus will stop. Line 10 goes from Oranjsted to the Marriott at the end of the hotel zone. http://www.arubus.com/
Island tours are offered at the pier for $20 US for a 2 hour tour (Jan 2012).
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Aruba is known for it's beautiful beaches.
Shopping & Restaurants
Royal Plaza Mall and Renaissance Malls are located close to the cruise terminal. There is a shopping center at Palm Beach Plaza in the hotel zone. There is a small supermarket behind Royal Plaza Mall on Havenstraat.
From Wikipedia - Caya G. F. Betico Croes, also called Main Street, is Aruba's main shopping street in Oranjestad, however in the past few years shoppers have increasingly turned to Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in the city. This is in part because the boulevard is closer to the cruise ship terminal and harbour area.
There is free wifi available in Renaissance Mall and Renaissance Marketplace by the Starbucks. Cafes and restaurants may also provide free wifi for customers.
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