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Local fisherman in Aruba

What you should know about Aruba's People

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

Senior citizen standing in the front door of her house in Aruba

The People of Aruba

How many people live in Aruba?

Our population of over 110,000 inhabitants comprises a broad international mixture of well-educated people with a pleasant nature and a zest for hospitality.

Where are Aruban people from? 

The modern Aruban is generally of mixed ancestry, claiming Caquetio Indian, African and European roots. Aruba’s excellent living conditions, fabulous weather and high level of safety continue to attract individuals representing more than 90 different nationalities from all over the world, who all live and work peacefully in Aruba.

How many Nationalities are their in Aruba? 

Many immigrants hail from South America (primarily Colombia, Venezuela and Peru); other Caribbean islands such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Curaçao; Europe (the majority from the Netherlands); and even places as far away as China, the Philippines and various African nations. The history of Aruba, depcits many Aruban's decent from the native Americans.

Despite a multicultural background, locals 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.

The sincerity of a warm smile and the friendly demeanour of our Aruban people has not been lost on the island's guests, with many visitors remarking that it is the people that continue to bring them back to the island year after year. With so many diverse influences on our island, Aruba still retains its uniqueness, as reflected in the openness of its people.

Join Aruba's Most Colourful Celebration

Aruba 63rd carnival parade celebration

Aruba's biggest Carnival parade is filled with music and extravagant floats and costumes.

The people of Aruba are naturally welcoming and always ready to lend a helping hand. While exploring the island, don’t hesitate to have a chat with some of the Aruban natives. They can provide you with tips for places you must see on the island, or even suggest their favourite authentic Aruban restaurant. Experience Aruba through the eyes of a local!

Mural of peacock in San Nicolas

Art in Aruba

Aruba’s culture comes alive in the spirited rhythms, art and dance that fill our streets, homes, galleries and hearts.

Local artist and photographer
Local Aruban Artists
Food presentation at Papiamento Restaurant.
Local Aruban Cuisine
View of the Hooiberg from top of the Casibari Rock Formation
Sightseeing Tours in Aruba
Sunshine ray from the inside of the Quadirikiri Cave
Natural Wonders of Aruba
Rodgers Beach in Aruba.

Beaches & Coves

Best Beaches Aruba


Featured Activities

Aerial shot of Dos Playa.


Dos Playa

Eating and Drinking

Madame Janette Restaurant

We’re just getting started with the amazing effects Aruba has to offer. Dig into your trip details below to unlock a Caribbean experience that will leave you sunnier, happier, and (of course) a little more tanned.

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