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San Nicolas, a unique city you must visit on your next trip

Rich in history, culture and architecture, a true reflection of the inhabitants of San Nicolas and their daily lives. The city is full of dualities. San Nicolas is both old and new, strong and traditional yet constantly evolving.

San Nicolas' history and people

​Aruba’s history as a multicultural destination initiated in San Nicolas when the refinery was opened nearly a century ago. This attracted people of all nationalities to the island. The influx of new cultures and influences shaped the industrious pioneer-town into a friendly, tight-knit community that is unique for Aruba.

When culture and heritage are easily attainable

​Besides its beautiful diamond in the rough appeal, San Nicolas City boasts three distinctive museums: the Museum of Industry, Community Museum and the Carnaval Euphoria exhibition.All easily accessible by any means of transport.

Revel and explore San Nicolas' artistic and instagrammable side.

​San Nicolas’ artistic side has always been prominent. With Aruba's Carnival originating in the city, the artistic development was set in motion. San Nicolas is known its fast-paced rhythms and beats. Recently, visual art through magnificent murals entered the its main street.

Discover San Nicolas at your own pace

Get inspired by these hand picked itineraries that are sure to entice and excite you with everything San Nicolas has to offer.

The Cultural buff (2 hour)

O'Niel Caribbean Kitchen is a restaurant located in san Nicolas serving local and international cuisines.

Anthony O'Neil

Only have a short while to discover San Nicolas? Get a quick taste in under 2 hours. With stops at these 4 icons, you'll be tempted to stay longer.

Eye-catching murals, selfies welcome!

Morning

Cosecha's memorable authentic souvenirs

Morning

San Nicolas' diversity on a single menu

Morning
Aerial shot of Baby Beach.

Follow the signs to the calmest waters

Morning

Culture and a Beach (4 hours)

Shot of ATA's Junior Digital Content Specialist and Blogger horseback riding in Aruba

Jennifer Richardson

Discover the cultural and beach buff in you ( 4 hours)

Aerial shot of Baby Beach.

Discover about Aruban industrial history

Morning

Find the best Instagrammable murals

Morning

Truly unique art complementing the area

Mid-day
Charlie's Bar & Restaurant was founded on September 18, 1941. Over the years old and new items where carefully collected and now adorn the walls and ceilings of the restaurant

Tame your taste buds at any eatery

Mid-day

A relaxing dip in our pristine waters

Afternoon

Adventure Awaits (6 hours)

Picture of www.aruba.com blog author Ulrich Hermans

Ulrich Hermans

If exploring and adventure is your second nature this is the itinerary for you.

The outside of the San Nicolas Visitor Information Center.

Discover Lolita's history via her statue

Morning

Explore San Nicolas and the many murals

Morning
Aerial shot of Boca Grandi.

Catch a kite surfer catching air

Morning

Adventure you seek, find it in the park

Mid-day

Explore the caves and Indian drawings

Afternoon

Amazing Natural Pool you won't believe

Afternoon

Pit stop before going home

Evening

Things to do around San Nicolas

On Your Way Back

Visit these attractions on your way back

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Energy boosting shakes ready to be  enjoyed by happy customers

Mauchi Smoothies

Enjoy a fresh smoothie at Mauchi

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Mangel Halto

The best snorkel spot in Aruba, Mangel Halto

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Family having a visit at the donkey sanctuary in Aruba

Donkey Sanctuary

Want to come face-to-face with 130 donkeys?

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Aerial shot of Casibari Rock Formations.

Rock Formations

Take in amazing views atop huge boulders

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Arikok National Park

Visit Arikok Park for nature experiences

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Have a natural swim in Conchi Aruba

Go on a fun expedition to the Natural Pool

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