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Non-touristy, local eateries in Aruba

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My husband and i will be in Aruba, hopefully, this December (after 10 years of discussing it.) We are looking for good breakfast, lunch and dinner spots throughout the island. We both prefer "off the beaten path" types of places, and definitely prefer places where the locals go. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. I live in the ABC islands and travel frequently to Aruba. Honestly the locals eat at most of the same places tourists eat. There are some local snack shops all over the island but nothing stands out in my mind. When you are driving about stop at some of the local snack shops and enjoy the Kabrito (goat), Carko (conch), Pastechis (meat or cheese filled turnover).

    1. We've just returned from a wonderful week in Aruba. We relied primarily on suggestions from previous posts (thank you), which were corroborated by locals and other tourists. Flying Fishbone was a standout, a delicious meal in a beautiful setting. Gasparito offers local (crioyo) specialties in a lovely courtyard with great service. We also enjoyed Jamaica Me Crazy and Texas de Brazil. In general, between restaurants, supermarkets, snack shops, I've never eaten so well on a Carribean vacation. Enjoy!

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