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Seafood is the main staple of the Aruban diet. Fresh fish is still brought in by the local fishermen and is best prepared in the unassuming restaurants tucked in backstreets of residential areas. The catch of the day, mainly barracuda, grouper and snapper, is grilled, broiled, baked or fried and served with a Creole sauce. Such traditional dishes include keri-keri (seasoned with achota seed, curry and a local type of basil) or balchi di pisca (fish cakes). Meals are accompanied by rice, pan bati (corn bread pancake) or funchi (polenta).
Today's Aruban culture is a melting pot of 40 distinct nationalities, ranging from South America, North America, Europe and Asia, all mixed in with the island's natives. The native Aruban is a mixture of Dutch, Spanish, and Arawak.
Located in the southern part of the Caribbean, Aruba is part of the coined term ABC islands, along with Bonaire and Curacao. These three islands form the Lesser Antilles islands and are just north of Venezuela. It is a small island measuring 30 km long and about 8 km wide.
Populated by the Arawak of the Caquetio tribe since the Stone Age, it was officially discovered by the Spaniards in 1499. The island was soon declared useless, just like its neighbours Bonaire and Curacao and the Spanish immediately shipped off the Arawaks as slaves to Santo Domingo. The remaining Arawaks quickly regained power as the Spanish lost interest of the island.
Aruba's vegetation has adapted well to its dry environment with desert landscape covered by rare cacti and aloe. The watapana (divi-divi tree), the kwihi (mesquite tree) and the druif (sea grapes) are among other particularities of the island.
There are a multitude of sports available for practice in the many resorts and beach areas, mostly involving water of course. Popular activities include snorkelling, kayaking, water skiing and sailing. This island is ideal for windsurfing fanatics. Scuba divers will love Aruba with its magnificent coral reefs and some of the world's most fascinating wrecks.
An international driving permit is required. Turning right on red lights is prohibited.
A passport valid for at least 3 months after the expected date of return from Aruba is required.
-4hr. Daylight savings time is not applied.
Aruba is a parliamentary democracy, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Papiamento and Dutch. English and Spanish are widely spoken.
Roman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%
December through April
Consult the "Country Travel Advice and Advisories" of Aruba
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