We have gathered all the questions our guests have asked us in the past and put them together for you in one oversight. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email to get the answers.
Need to know
Yes, water and electricity are included in the price. Water and electricity is very expensive on Aruba. We therefore kindly ask of our guests that they use it consciously.
Yes! You definitely can. In some popular Caribbean travel destinations, this would be unheard of, but in Aruba, it is perfectly safe. Aruba does not have natural freshwater sources. It is for this reason that drinking water is created by desalinating sea water at our local water plant WEB. This very extensive process produces very clean water to help us stay hydrated during our countless sunny days, and will give you great relief since you can drink away without having to worry.
The villas are cleaned and inspected upon your check-in and after check-out only. If you wish to have extra housekeeping services during your stay, please contact us for availability.
Yes, we have towels in the villas. Not only to shower, but you can also use them to take to the beach. So you will have more space in your suitcase to bring that extra set of stunning clothing to salsa your way into the Aruban nightlife. And don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes as well!
Yes, bed linens are included in The Googy Villas! The beds are all made before your check-in. So if you had a long flight and arrive at the villa, you can immediately take a quick power nap. After that you can go out and explore the island for the first time. If you want an extra linen change during your stay, let us know. We can see if we have availability to manage that for you.
A couple of weeks before you arrive, we will send you an email with all the information concerning your check-in.
The check-in time is 4PM local time. And your check-out time is 11AM local time.
If you have a late returning flight, you can always stall your luggage at the villa until 3.30PM. Also if you arrive early on the island you can stall your luggage already in the villa before your ‘official’ check-in time. Please let us know if you want this, so we can arrange this for you.
On Aruba the standard voltage is 127 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. You can use your electric appliances on Aruba, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 110 – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries). Be careful if you bring appliances from Japan (100 V).
If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), you need a voltage converter on Aruba. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
US cellphones will work in Aruba. However please keep in mind that if you retain your own US SIM card you may incur considerable roaming fees from your US cellphone company, you should call to see if they offer coverage in Aruba and what it would cost. Consider renting a cell phone or SIM card to use with your own cellphone if your cellphone company does not offer coverage in Aruba. Please also keep in mind that the voltage in Aruba can be as high as 127 volts, so you would need to make sure that your charger can handle this voltage. There are no area codes in Aruba, so just dial the phone number directly without any prefixes. To call the United States from Aruba dial “00” (international prefix to dial outside of Aruba), then dial “1” (international code for the U.S.). and then the area code and phone number you wish to connect to.
Yes you can. US dollars are widely accepted on the island. Not only in restaurants and for tickets for tours and attractions, but also in supermarkets and shops. When you pay with your debit or credit card, you’ll be asked if you want to be charged in US dollars or in the local currency (Aruban florins). There are even ATM machines on the island that provide US dollars.
Yes, Aruba is considered one of the safest islands in the entire Caribbean. When deciding on the location for your next Caribbean vacation, safety should definitely be used as an important deciding factor. In terms of personal safety, the local community is accepting of visitors from all over the world, making our locals far more hospitable than those of some other destinations. And on macro safety, Aruba lays south of the hurricane belt, so our chances of getting hit by one are slim to none. Our villas lie in a residential area and the neighbors are all very kind and alert. But for your peace of mind, we also have an easy to use alarm system in our villas, as well as cameras around the house.
Yes, we definitely recommend you to rent a car. The villas are close to everything, and best to be reached with a car. You can rent a ‘normal’ car for the bigger part of the island. To discover the off road part of Aruba you will need a 4X4 wheel drive. We recommend to rent for example a Jeep for at least 1 or 2 days. If you want we can rent a car for you. Just let us know what you need and we will get you a quote.
Yes, there is parking space on the property of the villa to easily park two cars. And it is safe as well, because it can be parked behind an electric fence.
We can rent a car for you. We work together with a local rental company. They have the best Jeeps of the island, but they also have ‘normal’ cars. The price you pay, is the same as when you look on the website of the car rental company. We get a small commission of the rental company for bringing in customers. We would appreciate it very much if you booked a car with us. Let us know what you need/want and we get you a quote. We always recommend to rent a Jeep for at least a couple of days so you can explore the off road part of the island.
Nice to know
Aruba is voted by Lonely the fourth best country to visit in 2020. Some quotes from Lonely Planet: ‘the islands white sands offer plenty of beach side relaxation’, ‘inland, the landscape provides a stark contrast, from the arid Arikok National Park, an ecotourism destination, to the wetlands of the Bubali Bird Sanctuary’, ‘in Aruba’s south, San Nicolas is having a creative revival. Street art and pop-up carnivals extend the happy vibes’, ‘the country is planning a transition to 100 per cent renewable energy in 2020′, with much new home-sharing accommodation, an affordable, sustainable Aruba awaits’, ‘a visit to Aruba is good for both your soul and Mother Nature’.
Googie is a Californian architectural style from the 60s. The Googy Villas are build in this Googie style. Because Googie looked a little like Google, we changed the final name for our villas to The Googy Villas.
We travel a lot all over the world, from Bali to the USA. We have our base in Europe (Amsterdam and Valencia). But we are regularly on Aruba as well. Kim’s father lived here for many years and we have fallen in love with the island. We wanted a place to come back to every time we go here. That’s why we decided to purchase the two villas. When we are on the island we can stay here ourselves, and when we’re not, we are happy to welcome guests into our homes.
Yes, both villas are 100% private and for your use only. Also both villas have their own private swimming pool.
The Googy Villas lie very centrally on the island. All the main beaches (like Eagle and Palm Beach and attractions (like the National Park of Arikok) are within a 15 minutes car drive from the villas.
Although the villas sleep six persons easily, still if you are just with the two of you, they will not feel too big. Both villas are quite cosy, even if you are with fewer people.
Weather wise there is not really a best time. The average temperature on Aruba is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). The lowest temperature ever was 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius). You can expect more rain from October until December, but because Aruba lies outside the hurricane belt, so your chance of getting hit by one are slim to none.
We have a low season that goes from May until half December. Then it is more quiet on the island. The busiest times are during the Carnival Season (the whole month of February and the Holiday Season (half December).
Dutch and the local language of Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba, but most Arubans speak a minimum of four languages, including English and Spanish.
In Aruba it’s not mandatory to tip, but it’s your choice if you do so. However, some restaurants and bars add service charge to your bill. Usually, this adds up to about 10 to 15 percent on food and beverages. If you really like the service, you can still tip extra, of course!
Carnaval on Aruba is the biggest party of the year. The whole month of February their are various parties going on on the island. The largest carnival parade is the Grand Parade through Oranjestad, held on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. This parade is filled with music and luxurious floats and costumes in various designs and decorated with a wide variety of colorful stones and feathers, creating a unique display. Aruba’s main event starts at 12PM in Oranjestad and continues into the evening hours. This is the largest and longest of all the Aruba Carnival parades with the most spectators and participants. The midnight burning of King Momo, a life-size effigy of the spirit of Aruba’s Carnival, signals the end of the season.
No, we wouldn’t recommend you to bike on Aruba. The Aruban motorists are not used to bikers and there are no bike lanes. Furthermore the roads are for the most part not well asphalted, so not very comfy for bikes to travel on.