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San Nicolas City

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)

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!


Cosecha's memorable authentic souvenirs


San Nicolas' diversity on a single menu


Follow the signs to the calmest waters


Culture and a Beach (4 hours)

Jennifer Jongema

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

Discover about Aruban industrial history


Find the best Instagrammable murals


Truly unique art complementing the area


Tame your taste buds at any eatery


A relaxing dip in our pristine waters


Adventure Awaits (6 hours)

Ulrich Hermans

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

Discover Lolita's history via her statue


Explore San Nicolas and the many murals


Catch a kite surfer catching air


Adventure you seek, find it in the park


Explore the caves and Indian drawings


Amazing Natural Pool you won't believe


Pit stop before going home


Things to do around San Nicolas

On Your Way Back

Visit these attractions on your way back

Arikok National Park

Visit Arikok Park for nature experiences

Mangel Halto

Best snorkel spot in Aruba, Mangel Halto

Donkey Sanctuary

Want to come up close with 130 donkeys?

Mauchi Smoothies

Enjoy a fresh smoothie at Mauchi

Rock Formations

Take in amazing views atop huge boulders

Natural Pool

Go on a fun expedition to Natural Pool