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Aloe plantation worker in Aruba

The Aruban Culture

Arubans are a mix of over 90 nationalities from more than 130 countries, living in happy harmony.

Mural art of a colorful lion fish at San Nicolas in Aruba

The culture of Aruba and Aruban people

The story of Aruba is told on the faces of our diverse and friendly people. In the artwork on the walls of San Nicolas; in the weather-worn patina on the homes of our southern coastal towns; and in the ringing of the steel drums that mark the beginning of our Bon bini festival.

The rich and diverse history of our island and its people has created the happy and authentic melting pot you see today. An island of pastel-lined streets to explore, home-cooked delicacies to savour, calypso music to dance to and 100,000 welcoming people to chat with.

What Makes Aruba So Special?

Fofoti Tree

We all know Aruba is beautiful, and a trip to Aruba is a guaranteed good time, but what makes Aruba the best Caribbean island to visit?

From classic Dutch architecture in Oranjestad, to Caquetio Indian cave paintings, to Caribbean dance and rhythms of our Carnival celebrations, you don’t have to look far to find modern reflections of Aruba’s chequered history. Our long and winding past has shaped our diverse, unique and authentically Aruban present.

This makes Aruba one of the greatest cultural holiday destinations is the richness of our cultural history. The richness of Aruban Culture lies in its diversity. Rarely do so many different cultures come together to create such a harmonious blend.

There is a lot that can be learned from cultural holidays to Aruba. Not only is it very educational and enriching, but Aruban cultural holidays are also a lot of fun! Participate in our local festivals, try our wonderful local cuisine, and celebrate life the Aruban way!

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.


Out and about in Aruba

Tour guide combining history with pure entertainment to hold the attention and interest of his audience.


Aruba Walking Tours

Sideview of the Fort Zoutman tower in Aruba


Fort Zoutman Historical Museum

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.

Discover the Aruba Effect