About Aruba

Dutch is the official language, but many Arubans also speak Papiamento (a Spanish-based creole with Portuguese, Dutch, and English elements) and English. The Spanish claimed Aruba in 1499. It fell to the Dutch in 1636 and since then, with the exception of a few years during the Napoleonic Wars, it has belonged to the Netherlands. Aruba was part of the Netherlands Antilles until 1986 and is still linked with them economically.

18 reviews and tips of Aruba




philly64 says ...

My 5th Time here and I love it 😍 more and more!! There is something to be said about the quality of merchandise and food you can get here! The mixture of Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and some Haitian 🇭🇹 influences are what diversity is all about!

Moe975 says ...

Love Aruba. We took city bus to Palm Beach and enjoyed the day. People were so friendly! You'll have to wait for the bus, but we weren't in a hurry. I understand locals need to get to work. Bus was crowded, but it wasn't a long no ride. Rented chairs and umbrellas. Beach is very calm on this side of the island. Palm Beach or Eagle Beach are perfect spots. We honeymooned here and have been back one time since.

ericst says ...

I loved Aruba! We took the bus to Baby Beach-its a great beach in a small cover that was beautiful, and not too windy. Had a great little cafe to eat at. Four stars only bc the bus ride took almost an hour, which ate up some of our beach time but it did allow us to see the island. I'd go back any day!

glomarrone says ...

I am a lighthouse fan so I didn't want to miss seeing the California Lighthouse. Although the lighthouse was not opened when I visited, I could see great views from the base.

glomarrone says ...

Butterfly lovers will enjoy the Butterfly Farm. Here you will find plenty of butterflies to photograph.

glomarrone says ...

For authentic Cuban food in Aruba, dine at Cafe the Plaza . It has a fun atmosphere too.

Marcelle4 says ...

We have been to Aruba many times. Our favorite things to do are Sonny Binns tours and Terrafuse glass works, where you can learn to make your own glass beads. That was fantastic! We save our beach time for other islands, but Sonny gives a good tour of the island. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

boricua1 says ...

The friendliness of the people of this Island is great. The easiest and safe one to cross the street in the whole Caribbean. Beautiful beaches. Good stores.

glomarrone says ...

If you have time in Arubas, visit Fort Zoutman. It was built in 1796 and is worth a visit if you enjoy seeing forts.

glomarrone says ...

Looking for good burgers in Aruba, eat at Iguanas Joe's. The burgers are good there.

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