San Nicolas, also known as Sunrise City, was once a burgeoning part of the island because of the oil refinery. Today, new developments are taking place to enhance the charm, heritage and warmth this Village has to offer. The Carubbian Festival, Charlie’s Bar... there is so much to discover here.
See & Do
Boca Grandi is one of the best spots for kite surfing and body boarding in Aruba. Take a panoramic photo at the Red Anchor (Lost Seamen Memorial) and turn left for Grapefield and Boca Grandi beach before entering Seroe Colorado to visit the more popular Baby Beach and Rodgers Beach.
Costa Riba is not to be missed. Right on your way to or from the beaches in Sero Colorado, there is this colorful restaurant and bar on the corner, waiting to welcome famished guests with local specialties like Curry Goat or Fried Red Snapper with Creole Sauce, among other mouthwatering Caribbean and vegetarian dishes.
This bar, founded by Dutch couple Charles and Marie Brouns, has been an island legend for more than 70 years. Many people visit just out of curiosity or to study the outrageous decor: banners, pennants, posters, stickers and bric-a-brac cover the ceiling and walls. Gawk while sipping on a cold beer.
The Carubbian Foundation aims to showcase the island’s charm and cultural heritage by filling the downtown streets of San Nicolas with Aruba’s music, food, arts and crafts. Make a trip to the latest attraction in The Village, every Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, and celebrate your stay together with the locals.