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.

12 reviews and tips of Aruba




Moe975
Contributor Level: Second Mate

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.

boricua1
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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.

Been to Aruba a few times now...it is one of my faves! The water is amazing, the people are friendly. We did the pirate ship excursion...so much fun! I can't wait to go back.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

The Natural Wonders of Aruba is a terrific tour. After visiting the Butterfly Farm, you will visit the Ayo Rock formations. Bring your camera for sure. See the indigenous paintings and the famous Natural Bridge. You will pass the Gold Mill Ruins. You tour ends with a scenic drive to Oranjestad

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

On a previous tour of Aruba, i visited the California Lighthouse, then the Natural Bridge and later the Casibari Rock Formation. Finally we stopped at the Ostrich Farm where I fed the ostriches - great photo opportunity

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I took The Hidden Gems of Arubatour. We stopped at Lourdes Grotto at Seroe Preto for about 15 minutes. It was enough time for photos. Then we visited the caves - the Guadirikiri Cave & the Fountain cave. Bring water & you must wear the provided helmet. This is a great tour if you have previou

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

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.


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