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Address: Fort Zoutman | Historical Muaseum, Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: +297 582 2185
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The Bonbini festival show was so much fun to watch and participate in! It felt nice to be able to experience local culture! We also enjoyed the cheap Rum Punch!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Andrea K
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Michigan
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Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bonbini festival show was so much fun to watch and participate in! It felt nice to be able to experience local culture! We also enjoyed the cheap Rum Punch!

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we went to this festival 3 years ago and it was great, that is why we went back, it was poor at best. There dancers were all 10-13 year olds, they tried there best and maybe in a few years they will be great, the narrator also was not nearly as good as the first one. Wait another 3 years... More 

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Nutts Corner, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The BONBINI shows offer a bit of cultural input into anyone's visit to Aruba and should be partaken of simply for that reason alone if not for the fact that they are also quite entertaining.

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Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Disappointed in our visit. I try to get a glimpse of local culture wherever I visit and have visited local festivals all over the world. Upon arrival, there was a energetic drum circle playing outside the fort. They were pretty good and increased my expectations for the night. We arrived a few minutes early (about 6:45) and got in line... More 

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MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Attended the Bon Bini festival which is held on Tuesday evenings @ the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum located in the downtown area. The cost is $5 pp. When you enter there are vendors in a small alcove area with jewelry, ceramic goods, etc... There is also island food/drinks. The festival is a great way to learn about Aruba's culture and... More 

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Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Very welcoming experience. Fun way to learn about the island, culture and pick up some vocabulary. I thought it was extremely hard to find authentic island-made items while visiting the island BUT I found 2 artists at the festival, one painter and one jewelry-maker. There were other vendors as well. I'd recommend at least stopping in to get an authentic... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Just returned from 8 days in Aruba and stopped by the Bonbini Festival on Tuesday at 7 PM. The admission was $5 US. We arrived a few minutes late but were still able to find seats. The program started with a little history of the island, the people and the language and then taught you a few of the common... More 

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Middletown, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We attended the festival where we were exposed to some music, dancing,and singing from the local talent. It was a great way to expose my children to a different culture. We all enjoyed it! The history fo the fort area was interesting too. The food smelled great but we had already eaten. A fun "inexpensive" night!

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

The festival is held every Tuesday night 5$ pp. It is in the courtyard of an old fort, kinda cool. Good local food and drinks are also for sale. You learn a little Papamento, hear local bands, poets and see dancers. We stayed about an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

The show is in an old fort, Fort Zoutman, in the capital Oranjestad. Close to the harbour. There are old cannons there: nice for pictures! You can buy typical food and drinks, artcrafts, etc. The show varies with dance, poetry, live music, etc. About 2-3 hours. Buy ticket at the entrance. If I am not mistaken, the show is only... More 

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