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If an island could be made entirely for relaxation, Aruba is one for the books. Welcoming travellers with soft sands, turquoise waters, and tropical vibes, it's a quintessential Caribbean experience (and a close neighbour of Curaçao and Bonaire, too). When you're not lounging on one of Aruba's 40 beaches, there's a vibrant Dutch Caribbean culture to check out. Stroll among the pastel buildings and shops of Oranjestad, the island's capital. Check out the National Archaeological Museum Aruba or stock up on incredible local eats like seafood or keshi yena (a cheese-covered casserole). And for nature of the non-beach variety, don't miss the Butterfly Farm—no explanation required—as well as Aruba's natural bridge and Conchi Natural Pool, both located in Arikok National Park. Check out more recs below.

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Aruba for art lovers

Aruba’s art scene can take a little work to discover since galleries on the island are few and far between. But there’s a network of talented local creators whose work pops up at regular art fairs and exhibits worth seeking out (and the island has vivid outdoor murals you don’t want to miss). Here’s my hitlist.
Susan Campbell, Montreal, Canada
  • Street Murals
    The annual Aruba Art Fair held each fall has totally redefined the town of San Nicolas adding massive colourful murals to the area. There are now more than 50, some covering entire buildings—even entire blocks—with more added every year. It’s easily explorable on your own, but I recommend a guided walk with Aruba Mural Tours, who will teach you about each artist’s background and the significance of their works.
  • ArtisA Gallery
    Designed to be more of a cultural meeting spot than a typical gallery, ArtisaA is a cool and inviting space for art workshops and socializing. You’ll find works in various mediums by both well-known and up-and-coming local creatives, as well as great food and art events.
  • The Atelier Aruba
    Famous for her blown glass custom jewellery, Gaby Gonzalez has now banded together with other female creators to open a gallery in Paseo Herencia, as a new permanent home for their work. Each member takes shifts operating the gallery and the stunning and diverse artistic offerings are all locally made. My favourite finds include art made from recycled maps and old Aruban stamps.
  • Purely Aruban Artwork
    I stumbled upon this hidden gem at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino Resort by accident. At first blush, it looks like a regular souvenir shop, but it’s far from it. The place is crammed with high quality art and crafts made by more than a dozen artists. Keep an eye out for original keepsakes like ‘lucky nut’ art and intricate mandalas.
  • Studio Murano Art & Restaurant
    This amazing spot is an alfresco restaurant/bar and glass blowing studio all under one roof. I recommend watching a glass blowing demonstration while enjoying a meal. Or sign up for a workshop and create your own glass souvenir.
  • Lava Aruba Glass Studio
    Aruba’s fascination for fine glass art has blown up big time. This new massive factory on Eagle Beach offers visitors the inside scoop on how the glass is created with free tours and a balcony perch from which you can watch the masters at work in real time. Don’t miss the gigantic showroom of treasures you can buy.
  • Elisa Lejuez Art Aruba
    You’ll likely spot Elisa Lejuez's art around the island: Her bright pop creations using textiles and mixed media appear in resorts, galleries, and stores. But I recommend you check out her studio to see her personal collection (by appointment only), or sign up for a workshop with the artist herself. Lejuez also has a gorgeous clothing line. I especially admire her handmade scarves with iconic Aruban motifs.

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