Positioned in the southern Caribbean Sea, the island of Aruba is a hugely popular destination with North Americans fleeing their harsh winters. The most visited island in the region, its miles of glorious white-sand beach and wide number of all-inclusive resorts ensure it is extremely well set up for its yearly arrivals. Meanwhile Aruba airport has flight services to the United States, several Caribbean counterparts, South America, Canada, and some parts of Europe.
streetside view in Aruba (Photo: uberdadofthree via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
There are numerous car rental companies dotted around Aruba, most of which are located either in the central district or close to the airport. If you’re organising a trip to Aruba and want a rental car during your stay, we’ve looked into the options and picked out the best rental companies across three categories: Best value at the airport, best value in the city, and best for luxury cars.
For those arriving into Aruba by air and wishing to find a cheap car rental at Oranjestad Airport, there are numerous rental desks located inside the terminal as well as close by. For the best value, we’ve picked out Sunset and Budget, with both offering a wide number of mid-range cars at rates that won’t hit you too hard in the pocket. When we conducted an online search for dates in February, we found Sunset’s most alluring deal to be a Hyundai i10, which was available for $282 for a week’s rental, with free cancellation and theft protection included. Budget, meanwhile offered a Nissan March for $274 per week. For extra peace of mind, both companies have highly positive customer feedback too.
Many visitors to Aruba will want to be based around Palm Beach in the town of Noord – the island’s major tourist hub – and if you’d like to rent a car from this area, there are several options to choose from here. We’ve selected Alamo and National as the companies providing best value. Among the standout offerings when we searched were a Hyundai Getz by Alamo, available for $441 for a week’s rental, or for something a little bigger, National give you the chance to opt for a 5-seat Mitsubishi Lancer which you can rent for a week for $571.
If you like the idea of driving around Aruba in something a little bigger, brasher or faster, there are several high-end cars available to rent. One first pick for this category is Alamo, who offer several high-end people carriers, including a Daihatsu Terios SUV, which can be rented for a week for $679. Our second choice for luxury cars is the relatively unknown Carvienence, who have a Hyundai Grand and a Hyundai Accent both available for around $370 for a week’s rental – a very reasonable price for these two models.