To explore the countryside and try different beaches, you should rent a car. Try to make reservations before arriving, and rent a four-wheel drive if you plan to explore the island's natural sights. For just getting to and around town, taxis are preferable, and you can use tour companies to arrange your activities.
To rent a car, a deposit of $500 (or a signed credit-card slip) is often required. Rates vary but can be between $47 and $75 a day (local agencies generally have lower rates).
International traffic signs and Dutch-style traffic signals (with an extra light for a turning lane) can be misleading if you're not used to them; use extreme caution, especially at intersections, until you grasp the rules of the road. Speed limits are rarely posted but are usually 50 mph (80 kph) in the countryside. Aside from the major highways, the island's winding roads are poorly marked. Gas prices average about $1 per liter (about $6 per gallon), which is reasonable by Caribbean standards. But this changes often.
Avis. Barcadera 4 Balashi , Oranjestad, n/a Aruba. 297/585–0041; 800/532–1527; www.avis.aw/main.
Budget. J.E. Irasquin Blvd. 370 , Oranjestad, n/a Aruba. 297/582–8600; 800/472–3325; www.budgetaruba.com.
Dollar. Reina Beatrix Airport, Oranjestad, n/a Aruba. 297/583–0101; www.dollar.com.
Economy. Bushiri 27, Oranjestad, n/a Aruba. 297/582–0009; www.economyaruba.com.
Hertz. Sabana Blanco 35, near airport, Oranjestad, n/a Aruba. 297/582–1845; www.arubarentcar.com.
Thrifty. Wayaca 33-F, Oranjestad, n/a Aruba. 297/583–4042; www.thriftycarrentalaruba.com.