Aruba is 2 1/2 hours from Miami, 4 1/2 hours from New York, and 9 1/2 hours from Amsterdam. The flight from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico takes 3 1/2 hours; from Miami to San Juan it's 1 1/2 hours; and from San Juan to Aruba it's just over an hour. Shorter still is the 15-30 minute hop (depending on whether you take a prop or a jet plane) from Curacao to Aruba.
Airlines and Airports
Airline and Airport Links.com. Airline and Airport Links.com has links to many of the world's airlines and airports. www.airlineandairportlinks.com.
Transportation Security Administration. The TSA has answers for almost every question that might come up. www.tsa.gov.
Aruba's Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix (Queen Beatrix International Airport, AUA), near the island's south coast, is a modern, passenger-friendly facility.
Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix (297/524–2424. www.airportaruba.com.)
A taxi from the airport to most hotels takes about 20 minutes. It'll cost $17 to get to the hotels along Eagle Beach, $20 to the high-rise hotels on Palm Beach, and $10 to the hotels downtown (rates are a few dollars higher at night). You'll find a taxi stand right outside the baggage-claim area.
There are nonstop flights to Aruba from Boston, Charlotte, Chicago (seasonal service), Houston, Miami, Newark, New York–JFK, and Philadelphia. Canadian travelers may fly nonstop during high travel season but must connect through the United States or Caracas, Venezuela at other times.
Checking in, paying departure taxes (if they aren't included in your ticket), clearing security, and boarding can take time on Aruba. Because security has gotten tighter, get to the airport at least three hours ahead of time. You may be randomly selected for inspection of your carry-on baggage at the gate. Regulations prohibit packing certain items in your carry-on luggage, including matches, lighters, and handheld radios. Check with your hotel concierge before packing to return home.
Air Canada (; 888/247–2262 in North America. www.aircanada.com.)
American Airlines (297/582–2700 on Aruba; 800/433–7300. www.aa.com.)
Delta Airlines (297/800–1555 on Aruba; 800/221–1212 for U.S. reservations; 800/241–4141 for international reservations. www.delta.com.)
jetBlue (800/538–2583. www.jetblue.com.)
KLM (5999/868–0195 on Aruba; 31/20–4–747–747 in Amsterdam. www.klm.com.)
Spirit Airlines (800/772–7117 or. www.spiritair.com.)
United Airlines (297/562–9592 on Aruba; 800/538–2929 in North America. www.united.com.)
US Airways (800/455-0123 for U.S. and Canada reservations; 001-800/622–1015 for international reservations. www.usairways.com.)
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