A Little Island Trivia

September 03, 2018

As anyone who has ever visited can attest, Aruba boasts some of the finest, most immaculate white-sand beaches in the world. But there’s a lot more to our little spot in paradise than just the beach. Here are a few interesting tidbits about Aruba you might not have heard before:

Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity

Aruba is extraordinarily welcoming, in part because its population is so diverse. Most residents will happily chat with you in English, Dutch, and Spanish. Plus, with over 90 nationalities and ethnic groups represented on the island, you’re bound to run across someone else who speaks your mother tongue.

Cosmopolitan Culinary Delights

As a former Dutch colony, Aruba’s cuisine has been influenced by traditions from all over the world. We particularly recommend the Indonesian bami, nasi goreng, and loempia. As for the Dutch themselves, they’ve left their mark on our meals with delicious treats like bitterballen, a type of savory croquet islanders snack on just about every day.

Unexpected Sights

Though Aruba is an island nation, it's just 9 miles across the water to Venezuela. Climb to the summit of Mount Jamanota, Aruba’s highest point, and you’ll be treated to a view of the neighboring South American country.

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