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Local fisherman in Aruba

Aruba Natives

You probably know Aruba from its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and beautiful nature

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

But there's so much more to this Caribbean paradise than just its physical beauty. Indeed, it's the vibrant community of Aruba’s local people that makes this such a special place to visit. From the indigenous Arawak people to the diverse mix of ethnic groups that call the island home today, learn everything about Aruba’s natives!

The roots of Aruba’s population

Aruba's people are the heart and soul of the One Happy Island, and their story is a fascinating one. The population of over 112,000 inhabitants is a product of a complex history of colonialism, immigration, and cultural exchange. 

The ancient Arawak people were the first to call Aruba home, but they were displaced in the early 16th century by colonial powers. Over the years, people from Africa and Europe came to live on the island, and their cultural influences have left an indelible mark on Aruba's population.

Today, Aruba's local people are a vibrant and diverse mix of ethnicities, cultures, and languages, reflecting the island's rich history and heritage. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they share a strong sense of national pride and a deep appreciation for their unique island home. Visitors to the One Happy Island often remark on the warmth and friendliness of the Aruba people, with many returning year after year to experience their hospitality once again. With so many diverse influences shaping its people, Aruba remains a unique and special place, and the openness of its population is a testament to its enduring spirit.

Aruba’s cultural inheritance: traditions and clothing

Want to get to know the island's cultural identity? Dive deeper into Aruba’s traditions and arts! One of the most prominent ones is Carnival, a colorful and lively celebration that takes place in the weeks leading up to Lent. The festivities include parades, music, dancing, and elaborate costumes, and reflect the island's diverse cultural heritage. 

When it comes to Aruba’s traditional clothing, the typical colorful dress is a beautiful reflection of the island's mixed heritage. Women often wear a long, full skirt called a pollera, paired with a blouse adorned with intricate embroidery or lace. Men may wear a simple white shirt with khaki pants or shorts, often accompanied by a Panama hat. Aruba’s traditional clothing is still worn on special occasions or during cultural events, and serve as a proud reminder of Aruba's rich history and cultural identity.

Fun facts about Aruba’s natives

Aruba’s natives have a rich and diverse culture that is sure to captivate your interest. Get ready to dive into some fascinating and surprising facts about the Aruba people!

What are people from Aruba called?

Aruba’s natives are often referred to as Arubans. This term encompasses all those who were born on the island or who have become naturalized citizens. While the Aruba population is incredibly diverse, with people from over 100 different nationalities living and working on the island, the term Aruban is used to describe anyone who calls this beautiful Caribbean island their home.

Which famous people are from Aruba?

Aruba may be a small island, but it has produced many notable individuals who have made their mark on the world. One such person is Xander Bogaerts, a professional baseball player who currently plays shortstop for the San Diego Padres. Another famous Aruban is Dave Benton, a musician who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 representing Estonia. Aruba is also home to many talented athletes, such as sprinter Charlene Maria Doof, who represented Aruba at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. And the list goes on, and on, and on…

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The One happy island is known for its white sandy beaches, sunshine, and friendly people.

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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 and tours on the island, or even suggest their favorite authentic Aruban restaurant. The best way to experience Aruba is through the eyes of the local population. 

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