During the oil refinery heyday, San Nicolas, Aruba's oldest village, was a bustling port; now its primary purpose is tourism. The major institution in town is Charlie's Restaurant & Bar. Stop in for a drink and advice on what to see and do in this little town.
The new Carnival Village in San Nicolas has a workshop where you can see costumes made and a new Carnival Museum lets you retrace its history. That’s also where the sunrise jump-up at 4 am called "The Pajama Party" begins.