Gay Guide

Aruba
Pink Star Rating

6

Capital

Oranjestad

Scene and Culture

Dutch influence in Aruba means that island is tolerant of homosexuality. Arubans are proud of their diversity and do not judge tourists or their gay and lesbian neighbors. However, with such a small population there is no real gay scene. The official tourist website says the gay population is simply not large enough to support one though they say Aruba is "gay friendly" and welcomes all lifestyles. If you are planning a Carribean holiday Aruba is a much better option than other more homophobic destinations like Jamaica.

Gay Age of Consent

16

Lesbian Age of Consent

16

Straight Age of Consent

16

Legal Notes

Section 255 of the Penal Code criminalises homosexual contacts with minors under the age of 16 with a penalty of up to 4 years imprisonment. Heterosexual contacts with minors under the age of 16 are only criminal under certain conditions.

Population

69,539

Currency

Aruban Guider/Florin

Climate

Aruba is situated just north of the equator and and therefore has a tropical climate. Temperatures are constant with median year round of 28c moderated by trade winds making it a year round destination.

Rainfall is low for the tropics and averages about 450mm a year. The rainy season is from October to January which is probably the time to avoid.

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