1) Everyone native Aruban speaks four languages; English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento. Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba.
2) The origin of Papiamento is still a bit of a mystery. However, Arubans say that it was developed from Portugeuse-African pidgin which was used as the language for communication between slaves and slave traders. There are also some Dutch and Spanish influences.
3) In most schools in Aruba children have all their lessons in Dutch. They can only speak Papiamento during the Papiamento class.
4) Aruba is a former Dutch colony. It is now its own country. However, Aruba is still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
5) Aruba is not in Hurricane Alley, which means there’s no BAD time to visit Aruba.
6) Aruba’s currency is the Aruban florin which is worth about 0.56 US Dollars. It is so rare that you might need to find a specialised currency provider like World First to be able to buy it.
7) The crime rate in Aruba is pretty low. It is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Obviously still use your common sense, don’t do anything ridiculous like hang around in dark alleys alone at night. But in general there is not much to worry about
8) Carnival in Aruba is a BIG DEAL. It’s not just Brazil! There’s parades, Carnival Queen elections, dance competitions and more. So if you’re in Aruba in February, make sure to attend one of the many Carnival events.
9) They LOVE Beach Tennis. Never heard of it? Neither had I. It’s sort of like a mix of tennis and volleyball played on the beach. Give it a go.
10) They produce their own drinking water thanks to their desalinisation plant. You can drink the water straight from the taps. The electricity on the island is also a by-product of the desalinisation plant. Very cool.
11) What is Aruba famous for? Well, the only big export they have are the Aloe Vera products made at “Aruba Aloe”. They create beauty products and medical gel to help treat burn victims.
12) Aruba’s slogan is “One Happy Island” and it completely lives up to it. The people all LOVE their island and could talk about it all day long. There is a lot of island pride and for good reason!
13) Aruba is a windsurfers paradise. It holds the world amateur wind-surfing championship each year.
14) Aruba is home to a rare species of the burrowing owl. It lives in burrows in the ground hidden by cacti. It is one of Aruba’s national symbols and appears on postage stamps.
15)What does Aruba look like? Surprisingly Aruba is NOT a lush tropical Caribbean paradise. It is dry and arid. This surprises a lot of tourists as they are expecting a “tropical island paradise”. It’s more like desert and cacti. But still beautiful!