Insight to Aruba’s Culture

Culture is an important factor to consider when moving to Aruba. Every culture has its own customs and lifestyle and you must consider which fits you best.

One Happy Island

Living on a one happy island means no hurry, no stress and much fun. Aruba is an island and therefore not as developed as the big cities so one must keep that in mind when moving to an island. Modern technology is making its way here but if you are from the big city, you will notice the difference. But hey we are one happy island and the beaches and people will balance that minor gap.


Aruba is a mix of different cultures with emphasis on North America, Holland and Latin America. This can be found in the food varieties, celebrations and languages. Locals respect all these traditions and participate in certain ways e.g. Noche Buena (the night before Christmas) is a Latin tradition where families reunite the night before Christmas for an evening meal. Others celebrate Christmas morning just like in the US and many families celebrate both dates. The more the merrier.


In Aruba people speak 4 languages: Papiamento (Native), English, Spanish and Dutch. Being a local I can say that you will most likely hear an Aruban speaking these 4 different languages in one conversation. If you speak only one of these languages, don’t worry Arubans are very cooperative and will even assist you if you need help. If you’re planning to move here with your kids, please keep in mind that the official language of the education system is Dutch. If your coming from the U.S. you could look into the international school with English being the primary language. As locals speak a combination of these languages, you will learn rapidly as well. Talking about a positive cultural spread.

Life of the Party

Arubans like having a good time; whether its a special holiday, carnaval season, teacher school break or just a good old Friday. Arubans like getting together with their family or friends and having a glass of drink and long hours of laughter and gossips. May sound similar to home. There are not many nightclubs but rather more bars, restaurants or house porches where people like to meet up. It is not called a one happy island for nothing.

All in all, Aruba is a fun destination to live at and the people here is what makes it exciting. Learning different cultures in one place and living in a happy environment, what else can you ask for? Click here to see what properties or houses are available so you can start planning your move to Aruba. 

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