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History and Culture

You’ll find traces of Aruba’s history and culture on cave walls, pastel façades and the faces of our happy people.

From our ancient Caiquetio Indian roots, through Spanish and Dutch rule, to our modern day standing as a constituent country of the Netherlands, Aruba’s history dates back centuries.

It’s what’s made us the proud, diverse collection of over 90 unique nationalities – a melting pot of people all living happily together, welcoming new visitors and old friends with a sunny smile and warm embrace.

Despite a multicultural background, the people of Aruba share a strong national identity buoyed by the success of a healthy economy, a strong educational system and one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean.



Be surprised by this great escape from the crowds and enjoy the adventure of reaching this beach, a body-boarders’ haven.…

The history of Aruba is a rich and interesting one. From the history of indigenous Caquetios to the Dutch, all have left their mark on the people and the land.

If you’re looking for a travel destination with a great story, try taking historical holidays to Aruba. Explore the many monuments in the centre of Oranjestad, or kick off you historic holiday by visiting one of our museums. You decide!

Craft your very own historical holiday package to experience a journey through time on the One happy island.

Learn More About Aruba's History & Culture

History of Aruba

Learn a bit about Aruba’s past and how it has shaped the unique island we know today.

The Flag of Aruba

Aruba’s national flag was officially adopted on March 18, 1976, along with the official anthem "Aruba Dushi Tera".

The People of Aruba

Our friendly Aruban people and our penchant for hospitality play a key role in bringing visitors back to Aruba year after year.

Religion in Aruba

Most Arubans are Catholic; however, there are many other religions harmoniously coexisting here.

Carnival in Aruba

With its contagious music and electrifying vibe, Carnival is Aruba’s biggest party of the year —and you’re invited!

Tourism in Aruba

With perfect weather, gracious hospitality and spectacular beaches, it’s no wonder Aruba is synonymous with tourism.

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Archaeological Museum (Temporarily Closed)


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