Written by Kaylyn Bodden

My Aruba Style: Angelique Janssen

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Angelique Janssen is an 18 year old beauty, born and raised on the beautiful Dutch island of Aruba. Angelique recently moved to Amsterdam to study communication and multimedia design. This young Aruban is passionate about traveling, fashion, photography and trying different foods. Angelique shares her favourite parts about her island with us.

What does being Aruban mean to you? Being Aruban means being very warm hearted and cheerful, taking it easy all the time and just enjoying life.

Describe the general lifestyle in Aruba.

The general lifestyle is very laid back. Anything goes! I love the lifestyle on Aruba; you go through each day feeling very worry free. Everywhere you go you are always greeted by anyone, even if you’re just walking through the streets everyone greets each other with a warm “bon dia, bon tardi or bon nochi.”

Where in Aruba do you like relax with family and friends?

My favourite places to relax are Rodger’s beach, Tres Trapi, Dos Playa and Conchi. These places are usually pretty quiet, you might find a few other people on the “busy” days such as Saturday or Sunday, but most of the time you will be alone.

What wildlife do you encounter on a regular basis?

We have lots of lizards, and birds such as the Trupial and the Barica Geel. On the rough side of the island you will also find some donkeys.

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Which is the best beach in Aruba?

There isn’t really a “best” beach, because each beach has its own personality and features, but if I had to choose, it would definitely be Dos Playa. I have a lot of fun memories there with friends and it’s just a beautiful beach to visit. It’s a pretty long drive to get there from where I live, but when you’re there it feels like you’re in a completely different world away from everything else that’s going on.

What is your favourite on island hobby?

It’s definitely off-roading or snorkelling. I love driving around with my boyfriend in his jeep on Sundays on the rocky side of Aruba and just exploring the island. There are always new places to explore (even though Aruba is only 32km long). Snorkelling is also a favourite because the water in Aruba (depending on where you go) is very clear and warm.

Which is your favourite local restaurant?

100% Zeerover! This is the place to go if you want to get the local experience. It’s always pretty busy and it’s right on the water. You can eat fresh fish and shrimp there, and fries and fried bananas – yum!

What is your favourite local dish?

A local side dish that you can get at Zeerover is pan bati. It’s kind of like a pancake, but you can eat it with almost any Aruban dish.

Where do you shop in Aruba?

You can almost always find me at Bula Surf Shop.

What is the recent, local fashion craze in Aruba?

Last time I checked it was sporty sneakers.

Describe your style in three words.

Laid back, comfortable and a little bit edgy.

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