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Top 10 Aruban Food Dishes: A Culinary Journey Through Irresistible Flavors of the Caribbean

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, Aruba beckons not only with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, but also with a vibrant and diverse culinary scene. Beyond its stunning landscapes, this island paradise offers a rich tapestry of flavors that reflect its cultural influences and history. From fresh seafood infused with local spices to international gourmet delights, Aruban food is a reflection of its warm and welcoming spirit.

In this article, we delve into the delectable world of Aruban cuisine, exploring its unique dishes, traditional ingredients, and the blend of cultures that make it a culinary haven in the Caribbean. So, to help you prepare and plan for your trip to the island, here are ten dishes you must indulge in when you visit Aruba.


Perhaps the most apparent food to try while on the island is the fish and seafood. In the Caribbean Sea, some of the most amazingly fresh seafood can be found. Take your pick between mahi-mahi, grouper, lionfish, prawn, or red snapper if you’re looking for a simple dish to try.However, the options go on forever.

Pan Bati

This bread is usually on the side of every main dish served on the island, and with good reason. Pan Bati is a sweet flatbread that dissolves in your mouth. Although it is prepared with simple ingredients, it is far from being dull in flavor.

Stews and Soups

Many of the local eateries and restaurants serve traditional Aruban stews and soups. Usually, the stews are full of chicken, fish, or goat meat, although you can still find soups and stews made with beef or lamb as we make it here in the states.

Aruba Ariba and a Local Beer

Although it isn’t food, the local beer is worth a shot. Balashi is the most popular beer on the island, but there are a ton of delicious choices.


Dried fruit and cashews adorn this delectable dish of steamed beef wrapped in a banana leaf.That’s not all you get, though. There are a ton of ingredients used to create this unique, mouthwatering Venezuelan dish.

Keshi Yena

This authentic Aruban meal is a must-try! It includes a ball of cheese stuffed with meat or poultry that is spiced to perfection. Anywhere you go on the tropical island, you will find aunique and off-beat version of this dish.

Funchi and Banana Hash

This combo is certainly one that packs a lot of tasty flavors! Funchi is fried cornmeal mush, often served with gouda and a side of fried plantains.


Pastechi is a portion of famous Aruban street food. You can find it offered by most street food vendors, and all of them claim to make it best. No matter where you get it, you don’t want to miss out on this gouda filled pastry.

Authentic Aruban Desserts

Pudding is a big deal in Aruba. You must order a helping of Pan Bollo (bread pudding with Ponche cream or rum, and ice cream) or Bolo di Banana (plantain pudding).

Hot Papaya Sauce

Often served on the side of meals, hot papaya sauce is the perfect addition to a meal if you can stand the sweet heat of papaya fruit mashed with hot peppers.

Aruban food is a testament to the island’s identity and the fusion of cultures that have shaped it over the centuries. From the tantalizing aromas of local food stalls to the upscale dining establishments, every culinary experience in Aruba tells a story. The flavors of its indigenous ingredients and the influences of the Arawak heritage, European colonization, and global trade come together to create a symphony of tastes that resonate with every palate.

As you indulge in Aruba’s culinary offerings, you not only savor delicious bites but also embark on a journey through the island’s history and heritage. So, whether you’re a food enthusiast or a curious traveler, exploring Aruba’s cuisine promises a gastronomic adventure that will leave a lasting impression.

It doesn’t matter what restaurants or cafes you choose to visit while in Aruba, but make sure you don’t leave without indulging in some of the Aruban foods mentioned on this list! They are by far some of the greatest, tastiest options on the island.

If you would like more information on the most popular restaurants and places to go, please don’t hesitate to send over an email with your inquiries or schedule a complimentary consultation to start planning your next vacation.

Soak Up the Sun in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line

Soak Up the Sun in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line

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Starting this summer, for the very first time the Disney Fantasy has premiered longer itineraries – new 10- and 11-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean, sailing from Port Canaveral to incredible destinations such as Aruba, Curaçao, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts and Tortola. Two of these special cruises take place this summer, and a third will set sail next summer.

There are many exciting Port Adventures in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line. The island is home to miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, sunny skies and stunning views. It is an independent country approximately 18 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, known for a dry climate and an arid, cactus-dotted landscape. Here are just a few of the ways for your family to have fun in the sun during your day in Aruba…

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4 X 4 North Coast Adventure and Beach Break – Aruba’s sun-kissed weather makes it the perfect place to explore with an off-road adventure. On your journey, you’ll see the rugged natural beauty of Black Stone Beach, Ayo Rock Formations, the Natural Bridge and much more. Other points of interest include Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Alto Vista Chapel, the California Lighthouse and an ostrich farm, which all provide the chance to learn about the past and present culture of the island. The adventure-filled day concludes at Arashi Beach where you can swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters or simply relax on the warm white sand.

De Palm Island Beach and Snorkeling – Want to escape to a small private island? A short ferry ride takes you to the colorful resort island of De Palm, Aruba’s only all-inclusive destination, where you can enjoy all the beach activities the island has to offer, including snorkeling, beach volleyball, water slides and more. Your unique passport to the island includes a lunch buffet, open bar, lounge chairs, freshwater showers and snorkeling equipment. Talk about the perfect beach day for the entire family!

Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling – This catamaran adventures takes you to Aruba’s west coast to two great snorkeling locales, the reef off Boca Catalina Beach and the famous Antilla shipwreck that sunk during World War II. After swimming in the beautiful waters teeming with tropical fish, you’ll enjoy a relaxing sail back to the pier while listening to music from the islands and enjoying a scenic view of Aruba’s coastline.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.