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Local fisherman in Aruba

People of Aruba

Our friendly 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

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

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 on Aruba.

Much of the immigrant population hails from South America (primarily Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru); other Caribbean islands such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Curacao; Europe (majority from the Netherlands); and even places as far away as China, the Philippines, and various African nations. 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 demeanor of our people have 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 population.

What Makes Aruba the Happiest Island

From experiencing the people, landmarks, and climate to embarking on outdoor adventures, this culture-rich island offers countless ways to smile.…

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 Aruba natives. They can provide you with tips of-must see places on the island, or even suggest their favorite authentic Aruban restaurant. Experience Aruba through the eyes of the local population.

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Interior of the wine cellar at Papiamento Restaurant.

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