One of the nice things about visiting Aruba is that most Arubans speak several languages fluently, including Dutch, Spanish and English. They pride themselves on being multi-lingual. Many of the prices in local stores are in both Aruban florins and US dollars. The capital city of Oranjestad looks more like 1950s America or Holland than a tropical locale like Jamaica. There is a great public bus system that will take visitors practically anywhere on the island for a nominal fare.
As our tour guide put it, the crime rate on Aruba is so low that the police spend most of their time playing cards. One part of the island is desert and scrub brush, but they do grow aloe vera plants on that land. The beaches are spectacular, and the weather is consistently warm.
There are definitely some touristy places in Oranjestad, but if you walk just one block over, you'll find local street vendors offering the same souvenirs and food for a much better price.