The Coloured Houses of Aruba

Aruba, a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond beaches and gentle surf. Constant trade winds bring cool breezes and cause the divi-divi trees to slope southwesterly. European influence shows in architecture that features Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels. It’s also evident in language, with English, Dutch and Spanish spoken alongside the local tongue, Papiamento.

When I visited Aruba last month I was delighted by the amount of beautifully coloured houses that were dotted around the main towns and along the side of roads.

The vividly painted architecture were such a beautiful sight in such a desert like terrain I decided to capture some of the best on camera and put together a photo journal. The people of Aruba paint their houses both as a way of identity but also represent the colours of Aruba. The blue represents the sea that surrounds Aruba; yellow is the colour of abundance; red is for love; and white is for our pristine beaches.

Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. It has a land area of 179 km2 (69.1 sq mi) and is densely populated, with a total of 102,484 inhabitants at the 2010 Census. It lies outside Hurricane Alley.

READ MORE: 19 Photos That Will Make You Want to visit Aruba 

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  • Planes & Champagne
    September 20, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I love coloured houses so much! They are definitely more of a thing in the caribbean, central and south america. I visited Puerto Rico in July as there was so much colour everywhere!