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  • Writer's pictureAlanna O'Connor

Ensuring Your Safety in Aruba: Tips and Insights

After spending a considerable amount of time in Aruba over the past two years, I can confidently say that I've never felt safer. Coming from a city like Chicago, where crime unfortunately looms as a concern, Aruba's reputation as one of the safest Caribbean islands is truly refreshing. However, even in paradise, it's essential to remain cautious and take necessary precautions.

Exploring Solo:

One of the joys of Aruba is the freedom to explore independently. Whether it's driving inland, hitting the beach, or venturing on a solo adventure, I've always felt at ease and secure. It's a liberating feeling!

Protecting Valuables:

When it comes to valuables, it's best to err on the side of caution. Hotels typically provide room safes for passports, jewelry, and electronics. I've learned not to bring fancy jewelry to the beach, as the water and sand can be a treasure trove for metal detectors. When beach-bound, I carry minimal cash and keep a close eye on my belongings. For added security, consider investing in an anti-theft bag that attaches to your chair or palapa.  I love this one. I also try to not keep valuables in the car, especially if we have a hatchback that you can fully see into.

Airbnb Safety:

Staying in an Airbnb? Tuck away your passport in a drawer and familiarize yourself with the locking mechanisms, which often involve keys for exterior doors to be LOCKED FROM THE INSIDE. It may seem unusual at first, but it becomes second nature. And don't forget to leave a key in the lock for a quick exit in case of emergencies. 

Hotel Precautions:

Utilize the hotel safe for storing valuables—it's a simple precaution that can offer peace of mind. Make friends with fellow guests at the pool or beach, and take turns watching each other's belongings. Consider using anti-theft bags for added security.

Crime Rates:

Aruba boasts remarkably low crime rates, with car accidents being more common than anything else. However, it's always wise to stay aware of your surroundings and use common sense.


This seems silly to write but as like in the US, NEVER accept an open drink from an unknown person and never leave your drink unattended!

To wrap it up, while Aruba serves as a safe haven, it's still wise to keep your wits about you and take a few precautions to safeguard yourself and your stuff. With a sprinkle of street smarts and a dash of common sense, you'll be free to soak up all the delights Aruba has to offer without a worry in the world!

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Jun 29
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Very helpful blog note.


Jun 27
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

So very helpful especially the numbers for an emergency situation. Again thank you for all your insigns as they are super helpful and has made our our planning for Aruba in November so much easier and much more prepared.

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