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Tourism in Aruba elevated 5.7% from 2001 to 2005, with 1.2 million humans traveling there in 2005. In 2006, one-fifth of the tourists to Cura?ao have been from the U.S.
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Smoking Many restaurants have smoking sections which are usually at the bar or outside. Generally, in hotel lobbies, smoking is restricted to inside the casino or in bar areas. Hotels have smoking and nonsmoking rooms. Taxes & Service Charges The government of Aruba charges an 11% room tax as well as 5% to 7% for service. Some also charge a daily energy surcharge of $4 to $8 per person per day. Restaurants often add service charges of 10% to 12%; see “Money & Costs,” in chapter 1. A new 3% sales tax that was implemented in 2007 may be added to purchases, or it may be absorbed into the ticket price of merchandise.
Car speedometers and road signs are in kilometers. The speed limit in urban areas is 40kmph (about 25 mph); out of town it’s 60kmph (about 37 mph), unless otherwise posted. Much of Oranjestad’s traffic is one-way; at intersections where there are no road signs, traffic from your right has the right of way. An increase in the number of cars on the islands means traffic can become a little congested just before 9am and just after 5pm on weekdays. Saturday night in Oranjestad can rival Times Square.
Com) is one of hundreds of travel agencies that specializes in vacations for seniors. FAMILY TRAVEL Aruba remains one of the safest and most reliably storm-free Caribbean destinations out there. With the creation of one water park on DePalm Island and the pending completion of another close to Oranjestad, Aruba is even more kid-friendly than ever. Most hotels and resorts have well-run children’s programs as well as special activities for young guests that include introductions to snorkeling and underwater exploration and supervised participation in other outdoor watersports and games.