Aruba's traditional local cocktail is known as the "Aruba Ariba" — and is made with 151 rum, vodka, Coecoei and triple-sec. Although a strong drink, the cocktail features some real island flavors, including lemon, orange, banana, and cherry. When thinking of an "island drink," this is the go-to for many of Aruba's visitors, especially because the recipe calls for Coecoei, an alcohol first created in Aruba centuries ago by the island's Indian tribes.
Pro tip: Bolita di Keshi (fried cheese), a traditional Aruban appetizer, goes very well with an Aruba Ariba.
One of the best ways to experience a new culture is by sampling its food. Havenstraat, one of the main streets in Aruba's capital of Oranjestad, is home to many award-winning restaurants. Local specialties include Keshi Yena (filled cheese shell with chicken and vegetables) and Stoba (beef stew with locally grown vegetables). On the other hand, if local fare isn't quite your cup of tea, there is no shortage of international cuisine: restaurants featuring cooking styles from all over the world are some of Aruba's most known spots.
Dinner and the sunset
A number of the island's favorite dining spots are located on the beach, so you'll have a front row seat to the beautiful Caribbean sunset while on your Aruba getaway. Most of these restaurants even allow you to walk up from the beach, so you never have to be without the soft, fine sand for which Aruba is famous.