When traveling to Aruba through Panama City (and solo abroad for the first time), a lovely French Canadian couple Patrick + Nadine (who speak English and Spanish, respectively) of La Belle Cite had same-day availability on AirBNB, and they made my experience a breeze.
Patrick and Nadine arranged a taxi for me from the airport, which I hadn’t thought of but probably should have, but hey it was my first time, OK?
The driver brought me to their apartment, the Terrawind, in a bustling but safe area just across from the ATLAPA Convention Center. They greeted me warmly and showed me all around the building (gym, pool, security, etc.) before welcoming me into their cleanly decorated BNB apartment complete with balcony and both skyline and ocean views. Full pics here.