As part of the "ABC" group of islands in the Caribbean, Aruba is well known for its arid climate and Dutch influences. It's located just miles off the coast of Venezuela, in the southern Caribbean Sea.
As one of the most vibrant islands in the Caribbean, there is more than meets the eye. With untouched beaches and a ton of adventures awaiting, there's an endless amount of fun to be had.
But what about Aruba's food? Let's admit, what we eat on vacation is just as important as where we stay, what we see and do, and how we feel. Turns out in Aruba, that's just as good, maybe even better, especially after a long day of exploration. So, to help you prepare and plan for your trip to the island, here are ten dishes you must indulge in while visiting.
Perhaps the most obvious 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.
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 just seems to melt in your mouth, it's so good. 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.
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.
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 a unique 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 (similar to polenta), often served with gouda and a side of fried plantains. Yummy!
Authentic Aruban Desserts
Pudding is a big deal in Aruba. This is a must try while on the island. Be sure to 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.
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, however, there are a ton of delicious choices if you prefer something different.
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.
You can visit a variety of restaurants or cafes while in Aruba, there are plenty of excellent choices. Make sure you don't leave without indulging in some of the foods mentioned on this list! They are by far some of the greatest, tastiest options on the island.
Now... let's take an adventure so you can go try them for yourself! Ready to book your vacation in Aruba? Content me to get started and I'll be sure to include a list of the top restaurants for you to visit on the island.