Language:

Dutch. Most locals can also speak English and Spanish, and you’ll hear the local Papiamento.

Events & Festivals:

January
Grand Final Tumba Contest
Local artists compete to be crowned Tumba King or Queen as they play this African-Caribbean style of music based on the rhythm of the tambour.

Aruba Carnival Celebration
The island comes alive during this month-long celebration, with street parties and parades showcasing spectacular costumes and music.

February
Tivoli Lighting Parade
This popular parade is illuminated by thousands of tiny lights on costumes and floats, with music from live bands.

March
Grand Carnival Parade
The island’s biggest carnival parade takes place on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, and the partying continues well into the night.

Aruba International Half Marathon
Runners race the length of the island, passing beautiful scenery along the way.

April
International Aruba Piano Festival
Renowned classical musicians including pianist Lucille Chung, violinist Alissa Margulis flutist Nicaulis Alliey perform music by composers such as Chopin and Schubert.

May
Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
Five days of inspiring soul music – previous artists who’ve performed include Wyclef Jean, Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill and Chaka Khan.

June
Aruba International Film Festival
This eight-day festival kicked off in 2010 and attracted actors, producers and film-makers.

Dera Gai
Aruba’s harvest festival features the iconic red-and-yellow rooster, and celebrations include traditional singing and dancing.

July
Aruba International Triathlon
Competitors from around the world tackle a 1½km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

Aruba High-Winds
The Caribbean’s largest amateur windsurfing event makes the most of Aruba’s trade winds for some thrilling windsurfing and kite-boarding competitions.

August
Aruba Rembrandt Regatta
Yachts, windsurfers, kite-surfers and more take to the water for this two-day open sailing event, and spectators can dance the nights away with music and parties.

Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Teams of five – one professional and four amateurs – compete at this annual 36-hole tournament.

October
Jazz Festival
Sway to soothing jazz rhythms as local and international artists perform at this outdoor celebration.

November
Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta
This catamaran race takes place off the beautiful coast of Palm Beach, followed by food and dancing on the beach.

Good to know:

Religion
Roman Catholic

Dialling code
+297

Tipping:

Most hotels include a service charge in the bill. If not, tip 10-20%.

Religion:

Roman Catholic