Most holiday destinations do not require you to rent a car during your holiday. There are usually various other ways of getting around to all the tourist sites and attractions. For most of these areas, the tourist attractions are usually located within the city making taxis or buses quite convenient and cheap. Aruba is not one of those destinations.
When you are visiting Aruba, hiring a car is almost a must if you want to fully explore all the amazing tourist attractions that the island has. Aruba basically has two groups of tourist attractions. The manmade attractions like museums which are usually found within the city and the natural attractions which are found outside the main city.
To get around to these sites, there is always the option of the taxis, but those are only suitable for tourist attractions like the numismatic museum which are located within the city. Anything outside the city will usually require you to have a jeep or a four wheel drive vehicle which is suitable for the rough off roads. There is also the option of paying for a jeep adventure, but this is not as satisfying as driving yourself around to fully explore the spectacular sites that could be situated in places that can only be accessed by an all wheel drive car. So it would be better as well as adventurous when you hire a jeep.
One of the reasons why hiring your own car is important is because you are able to create your own schedule. This means that you can selectively choose where you want to go and when you want to go. If you choose to go with a jeep adventure the situation will be quite different because you are restricted to the organizers schedule. You have no option of being spontaneous and you must follow the strict timeline set. For many people whose lives always revolve around schedules and keeping time this is not an ideal way to spend their holiday.
The best way of experiencing anything is by doing it yourself. Using a tour guide everywhere means that you only get a chance to see what he shows you. Therefore, you only get to see the island from his point of view. If you choose to rent a jeep and drive yourself around the island, you get a better view of the island and you get to experience it in your own way.
Many people are sceptical about driving around in a foreign place and this is quite understandable. However, Aruba is a relatively small island and you can easily find your way around without the help of a tour guide. You can ask for directions from your concierge at your hotel or you can simply buy an updated map to help guide you and if you happen to lose your way you can always ask the locals for directions.
The best thing about car rentals is that you can choose to hire the jeep only for the specific dates that you plan on going out of the city. This means that you do not have to incur extra costs of hiring the jeep during the rest of your stay in Aruba.