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Aruba
Flag Coat of arms
Anthem"Aruba Dushi Tera"
Capital
(and largest city)
Oranjestad
12°31′N 70°1′W / 12.517°N 70.017°W / 12.517; -70.017
Official language(s) Dutch, Papiamento1
Demonym Aruban
Government Constitutional monarchy
 -  Monarch Beatrix
 -  Governor Fredis Refunjol
 -  Prime Minister Mike Eman
 -  Deputy Prime Minister Mike de Meza
Legislature Estates
Autonomy from Netherlands Antilles 
 -  Date 1 January 1986 
Area
 -  Total 193 km2 
74.5 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) negligible
Population
 -  July 2009 estimate 103,065[1] (195th)
 -  Density 534/km2 (18th)
1,383/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2007 estimate
 -  Total $2.400 billion (182nd)
 -  Per capita $23,831 (32nd)
Currency Aruban florin (AWG)
Time zone AST (UTC-04) (UTC-4)
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .aw
Calling code 297
1 Spanish and English also spoken.
.Aruba (pronounced /əˈruːbə/ ə-ROO-bə) is a 33-kilometre (21 mi)-long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located a mere 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela.^ From all inclusive luxury resorts to historic tours, Aruba offers visitors a wide variety of tropical activities in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful locations!
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^ The island’s perfect blend of natural and modern treasures has long endeared Aruba as the ideal destination for weddings and honeymoons.

^ Savory tastes from the Caribbean Sea are a specialty in Aruba.

Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles.
.Aruba, which has no administrative subdivisions, is one of the three countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles.^ As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and is based on Western democratic principles.

^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Aruban citizens hold Dutch passports. .Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape.^ Aruba is a wild island filled with arid plains, lush cacti and miles of Caribbean kissed shores.

This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. It has a land area of 193 square kilometres (75 sq mi) and lies outside the hurricane belt.

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History

Aruba's first inhabitants are thought to have been Caquetíos Amerinds from the Arawak tribe, who migrated there from Venezuela to escape attacks by the Caribs. .Fragments of the earliest known Indian settlements date back from 1,000 AD. Sea currents made canoe travel to other Caribbean islands difficult, thus Caquetio culture remained closer to that of mainland South America.^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

^ Aruba is a distinct blend of people from South America and Europe, from the Far East and other islands of the Caribbean.
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^ The island of Aruba is a luminous display of the Caribbean’s natural and cultural wonders.

The capital Oranjestad
.Europeans first learned of Aruba when Amerigo Vespucci and Alonso de Ojeda happened upon it in August 1499.[1] Vespucci, in one of his four letters to Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, described his voyage to the islands along the coast of Venezuela.^ In 1499 Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda arrived and exported the Arawaks to the Dominican Republic to work in the copper mines.

.He wrote about an island where most trees are of brazil wood and, from this island, he went to one ten leagues away, where they had houses built as in Venice.^ Buccaneer - F 6/ A 6/ S 6/$20 on one of the roads going away from the high rise hotels but less than 1 mile from our house.
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^ Brisis Del Mar - F 7/ A 7/ S 8/$18 About 5 miles past the airport going away from our house.
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In another letter he described a small island inhabited by very large people, which the expedition thought was not inhabited.[citation needed]
Aruba was colonized by Spain for over a century. The Cacique or Indian Chief in Aruba, Simas, welcomed the first priests in Aruba and received from them a wooden cross as a gift. In 1508, Alonso de Ojeda was appointed as Spain's first Governor of Aruba, as part of "Nueva Andalucía."
Another governor appointed by Spain was Juan Martinez de Ampíes. A "cédula real" decreed in November 1525 gave Ampíes, factor of Española, the right to repopulate the depopulated islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire.
In 1528, Ampíes was replaced by a representative of the "House of Welser". Aruba has been under Dutch administration since 1636, initially under Peter Stuyvesant. .Stuyvesant was on a special mission in Aruba in November and December 1642. Under the Dutch W.I.C. administration, as "New Netherland and Curaçao" from 1648 to 1664 and the Dutch government regulations of 1629, also applied in Aruba.^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Dutch administration appointed an Irishman as "Commandeur" in Aruba in 1667.
.In August 1806, General Francisco de Miranda and a group of 200 freedom fighters on their voyage to liberate Venezuela from Spain stayed in Aruba for several weeks.^ It is generally mid to late February and there are several parades over a period of a few weeks.
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In 1933 Aruba sent its first petition for Aruba's separate status and autonomy to the Queen.
During World War II, together with Curaçao the then world-class exporting oil refineries were the main suppliers of refined products to the Allies. Aruba became a British protectorate from 1940 to 1942 and a US protectorate from 1942 to 1945. On February 16, 1942, its oil processing refinery was attacked by a German submarine (U-156) under the command of Werner Hartenstein, but the mission failed. U-156 was later destroyed by a US plane as the crew was sunbathing; only one survived.[citation needed] In March 1944, Eleanor Roosevelt briefly visited American troops stationed in Aruba. In attendance were: His Excellency, Dr. P. Kasteel, the Governor of Curaçao, and his aide, Lieutenant Ivan Lansberg; Rear Admiral T. E. Chandler and his Aide, Lieutenant W. L. Edgington; Captain Jhr. W. Boreel and his aide, Lieutenant E. O. Holmberg; and the Netherlands aide to Mrs. Roosevelt, Lieutenant Commander v.d. Schatte Olivier.
The island's economy has been dominated by five main industries: gold mining, phosphate mining (The Aruba Phosphaat Maatschappij), aloe export, petroleum refineries (The Lago Oil & Transport Company and the Arend Petroleum Maatschappij Shell Co.), and tourism.

Politics

Queen Beatrix is the head of state of Aruba
Parliament of Aruba in Oranjestad.
.As a Constituent Country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba's politics take place within a framework of a 21-member Parliament and an eight-member Cabinet.^ As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and is based on Western democratic principles.

^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The governor of Aruba is appointed for a six-year term by the monarch, and the prime minister and deputy prime minister are elected by the Staten (or "Parlamento") for four-year terms. The Staten is made up of 21 members elected by direct, popular vote to serve a four-year term.
.Together with the Netherlands, the country of the Netherlands Antilles, and the country of Aruba form the Kingdom of the Netherlands.^ As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and is based on Western democratic principles.

^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

As they share the same Dutch citizenship, these three countries still also share the Dutch passport as the Kingdom of the Netherlands passport. As Aruba and the Antilles have small populations, the two countries had to limit immigration. To protect their population, they have the right to control the admission of people from the Netherlands. There is the supervision of the admission and expulsion of people from the Netherlands and the setting of general conditions for the admission and expulsion of aliens. Aruba is officially not a part of the European Union.

The move toward independence

In August 1947, Aruba presented its first "Staatsreglement" (constitution), for Aruba's "status aparte" as the status of an autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This would come to pass in 1986.
In November 1955, J. Irausquin of Aruba's PPA political party spoke in front of the United Nations Trust Committee. He ended his speech saying that in the future there will be changes to come.
In 1972, at a conference in Suriname, Betico Croes (MEP) proposed a "sui-generis" Dutch Commonwealth of four states: Aruba, the Netherlands, Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles, each with its own nationality. Mr. C. Yarzagaray, a parliamentary member representing the AVP political party, proposed a referendum for the people of Aruba to determine Aruba's separate status or "Status Aparte" as a full autonomous state under the crown. He proclaimed: "Aruba shall never accept a federation and a second class nationality."
Betico Croes worked in Aruba to inform and prepare the people of Aruba for independence. In 1976, a committee appointed by Croes introduced the national flag and anthem as the symbols of Aruba's sovereignty and independence, and he also set 1981 as a target for Aruba's independence. In March 1977, the first Referendum for Self Determination was held with the support of the United Nations and 82% of the participants voted for independence.
The Island Government of Aruba assigned the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague to prepare a study of Aruba's independence, which was published in 1978, titled "Aruba en Onafhankelijkheid, achtergronden, modaliteiten en mogelijkheden; een rapport in eerste aanleg".
.At the conference in the Hague in 1981, Aruba's independence was then set for the year 1991. In March 1983, based on the Referendum, Aruba finally reached an official agreement within the Kingdom, for Aruba's Independence, first becoming an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with its own constitution, unanimously approved and proclaimed in August 1985, and after an election held for Aruba's first parliament, Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles and officially became a country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on January 1, 1986, with full independence set for 1996. This achievement is largely due to Betico Croes and the political support of other nations like the USA, Panama, Venezuela and various European countries.^ As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and is based on Western democratic principles.

^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

^ When the sun finally sets, fabulous resort areas and playful cities unveil a totally different Aruba.

Croes was later proclaimed "Libertador di Aruba" after his death in 1986.
In 1990, movement toward independence was postponed upon the request of Aruba's Prime Minister, Nelson O. Oduber. The article scheduling Aruba's complete independence was rescinded in 1995, although the process can begin again after a referendum.
Since January 1, 1986, the Kingdom has consisted of three countries: Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba.
.Although the "equality" of the countries is explicitly laid down in the preamble to the Charter, which states "..considering that they have expressed freely their will to establish a new constitutional order in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in which they will conduct their internal interests autonomously and their common interests on a basis of equality, and in which they will accord each other reciprocal assistance, have resolved by mutual consent", in practice, the Netherlands has considerably more power than either the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba.^ As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and is based on Western democratic principles.

^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Law

The Aruban legal system is based on the Dutch model. Instead of juries or grand juries, in Aruba, legal jurisdiction lies with a Gerecht in Eerste Aanleg (Court of First Instance) on Aruba, a Gemeenschappelijk Hof van Justitie voor de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba (Common Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba) and the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (Supreme Court of Justice of the Netherlands).[2]

Education

Aruba's educational system, patterned after the Dutch system, provides for education at all levels. The Government finances the national education system, except for private schools, such as the International School of Aruba (ISA), which finance their own activities. The percentage of money earmarked for education is higher than the average for the Caribbean/Latin American region.
Arubans benefit from a strong primary school education. A segmented secondary school program includes vocational training (VMBO), basic education (MAVO), college prep (HAVO) and advanced placement (VWO).
Higher education goals can be pursued through the Professional Education program (EPI), the teachers college (IPA) as well as through the University of Aruba (UA) which offers bachelors and masters programs in law, finance and economics and hospitality and tourism management. .Since the choice for higher education on the island itself is limited, many students choose to study abroad in countries in North America, South America as well as Europe.^ Many resorts offer complete wedding and honeymoon packages as well as advice for the best ceremony and honeymoon spots on the island.

^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

There are 68 schools for primary education, 12 schools for secondary education, and 5 universities. In 2007, there were 22,930 fulltime students registered.
There are two private medical schools in Aruba: All Saints University of Medicine, Aruba and Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba. All courses are presented in English.[3] School's curriculum is based on the United States medical school model and will lead to a Doctor of Medicine degree that is recognized in North America.[4]

Geography

Map of Aruba
Natural bridge in Aruba
Baby Natural bridge in Aruba
Aruba is a generally flat, riverless island in the Leeward Antilles island arc of the Lesser Antilles. Aruba is renowned for its white, sandy beaches on the western and southern coasts of the island, relatively sheltered from fierce ocean currents, and this is where most tourist development has taken place. The northern and eastern coasts, lacking this protection, are considerably more battered by the sea and have been left largely untouched by humans. The hinterland of the island features some rolling hills, the best known of which are called Hooiberg at 165 meters (541 ft) and Mount Jamanota, the highest on the island at 188 metres (617 ft) above sea level. Oranjestad, the capital, is located at 12°19′N 70°1′W / 12.317°N 70.017°W / 12.317; -70.017.
.To the east of Aruba are Bonaire and Curaçao, two island territories which form the southwest part of the Netherlands Antilles; Aruba and these two Netherlands Antilles islands are sometimes called the ABC islands.^ As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and is based on Western democratic principles.

.The isothermal temperature of Aruba's pleasantly tropical marine climate attracts tourists to the island all year round.^ From all inclusive luxury resorts to historic tours, Aruba offers visitors a wide variety of tropical activities in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful locations!
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^ Light, informal clothing is the rule for Aruba’s year round summer climate.

^ Aruba boasts a year-round summer temperature of approximately 82° Fahrenheit and an average rainfall of less than 20 inches a year.

Temperature varies little from 28 °C (82 °F), moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. Yearly precipitation barely reaches 500 mm (19.7 in), most of it falling in late autumn.

Economy

.Aruba enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean region; the low unemployment rate is also positive for Aruba.^ From all inclusive luxury resorts to historic tours, Aruba offers visitors a wide variety of tropical activities in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful locations!
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About three quarters of the Aruban gross national product is earned through tourism or related activities. Most of the tourists are from Venezuela and the United States (predominately from eastern and southern states), Aruba's largest trading partner. Before the "Status Aparte" (a separate completely autonomous country/state within the Kingdom), oil processing was the dominant industry in Aruba despite expansion of the tourism sector. Today, the influence of the oil processing business is minimal. The size of the agriculture and manufacturing sectors also remains minimal.
.The GDP per capita for Aruba is calculated to be $23,831 in 2007; among the highest in the Caribbean and the Americas.^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

Its main trading partners are Venezuela, the United States and Netherlands.
Deficit spending has been a staple in Aruba's history, and modestly high inflation has been present as well. .Recent efforts at tightening monetary policy are correcting this and will have its first balanced budget in 2009. Aruba received some development aid from the Dutch government each year, up until 2009 as part of a deal (signed as "Aruba's Financial Independence") in which the Netherlands gradually reduced its financial help to the island each successive year.^ Toll Free 1-888-782-9722 Best of BookIt.com® Newsletter FREE! Sign up to get first access to exclusive travel specials and vacation deals via email.
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.The Aruban florin is pegged to the United States dollar, with a fixed exchange rate where 1.77 Florin equals 1 U.S. dollar.^ Arubans drive on the right side of the road as in the United States.

In most stores near Oranjestad, the exchange rate is 1.75 florin equals U.S 1 dollar
In 2006 the Aruban government has also changed several tax laws to further reduce the deficit. Direct taxes have been converted to indirect taxes as proposed by the IMF. A 3% tax has been introduced on sales and services, while income taxes have been lowered and revenue taxes for business reduced with 20%. The government compensated workers with 3.1% for the effect that the B.B.O. would have on the inflation for 2007. The inflation on Aruba in 2007 was 8,7%.

Demographics

Population of Aruba according to the FAO in 2005; number of inhabitants given in thousands.
Aruba is situated in the deep southern part of the Caribbean. Because it has almost no rainfall, Aruba was saved from the plantation system and the economics of the slave trade.
Aruba's population is estimated to be 80% mestizo and 20% other ethnicities. Arawaks spoke the "broken Spanish" which their ancestors had learned on Hispaniola. .The Dutch took control 135 years after the Spanish, left the Arawaks to farm and graze livestock, and used the island as a source of meat for other Dutch possessions in the Caribbean.^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

.The Arawak heritage is stronger on Aruba than on most Caribbean islands.^ From all inclusive luxury resorts to historic tours, Aruba offers visitors a wide variety of tropical activities in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful locations!
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Although no full-blooded Aboriginals remain, the features of the islanders clearly indicate their genetic Arawak heritage. Most of the population is descended mostly from Arawak, and to a lesser extent Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and a few French, Portuguese, British, and African ancestors.
Recently there has been substantial immigration to the island from neighboring American and Caribbean nations, possibly attracted by the higher paid jobs. In 2007, new immigration laws were introduced to help control the growth of the population by restricting foreign workers to a maximum of 3 years residency on the island.
The demographics of Aruba far more than neighboring Curaçao and Bonaire has been impacted by its proximity to Venezuela. Much of Aruba's families are present by way of Venezuela and there is a seasonal increase of Venezuelans living in second homes.

Towns

The island, with a population of just over 100,000 inhabitants, does not have major cities.
  • Oranjestad (33,000 in 2006)
  • Barcadera
  • San Nicolaas
  • Noord
  • Santa Cruz
  • Savaneta
  • Sero Colorado

Culture

Ornate buildings in Oranjestad, Aruba.
On March 18 Aruba celebrates its National Day. In 1976, Aruba presented its National Anthem (Aruba Dushi Tera) and Flag.
.The origins of the population and location of the island give Aruba a mixed culture.^ The island of Aruba is a luminous display of the Caribbean’s natural and cultural wonders.

^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

.Dutch influence can still be seen, as in the celebration of "Sinterklaas" on December 5 and 6 and other national holidays like April 30, when in Aruba and the rest of the Kingdom of the Netherlands the Queen's birthday or "Dia di La Reina" (Koninginnedag) is celebrated.^ As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is a hereditary constitutional monarchy and is based on Western democratic principles.

^ The Dutch took possession of the island as a result of the Eighty Years’ War and have remained as a country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

^ Millennia’s of world history have resulted in a hospitable and celebrant people, whose genuine smiles are seen within the shops, showrooms, bars and casinos of Aruba’s cities.

Christmas and New Year are celebrated with the typical music and songs of gaitas for Christmas and the Dande for New Year, and the "ayaca", the "ponchi crema" and "ham", and other typical foods and drinks. Millions of dollars worth of fireworks are burnt at midnight on New Year's.
On January 25, Betico Croes' birthday is celebrated.
.The holiday of Carnival is also an important one in Aruba, as it is in many Caribbean and Latin American countries, and, like Mardi Gras, that goes on for weeks.^ From all inclusive luxury resorts to historic tours, Aruba offers visitors a wide variety of tropical activities in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful locations!
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Its celebration in Aruba started, around the 1950s, influenced by the inhabitants from the nearby islands (Venezuela, St Vincent, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Maarten and Anguilla) who came to work for the Oil refinery. Over the years the Carnival Celebration has changed and now starts from the beginning of January till the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with a large parade on the last Sunday of the festivities (Sunday before Ash Wednesday).
In June there is the celebration of the "Dia di San Juan", with the song of "Dera Gai".
Tourism from the United States has recently also increased the visibility of American culture on the island, with such celebrations as Halloween and Thanksgiving Day in November.
Religion also has its influences; the days of Ascension and Good Friday are also two holidays on the island.
According to the Bureau Burgelijke Stand en Bevolkingsregister (BBSB), as of 2005 there are ninety-two different nationalities living on the island.

Language

.Language can be seen as an important part of island culture in Aruba.^ The island of Aruba is a luminous display of the Caribbean’s natural and cultural wonders.

^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

.The cultural mixture has given rise to a linguistic mixture known as Papiamento, the predominant language on Aruba.^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

The official language is Dutch. The local language used by its inhabitants is Papiamento and is a language that has been evolving through the centuries and absorbed many words from other languages like Dutch, English, French, diverse African dialects, and most importantly, from Portuguese and Spanish. However, like many islands in the region, Spanish is also often spoken. English has historical connections (with the British Empire) and is known by many; English usage has also grown due to tourism. Other common languages spoken based on the size of their community are Portuguese, Chinese, German and French. The latter is offered in high school and college, since a high percentage of Aruban students continue their studies in Europe.
.In recent years, the government of Aruba has shown an increased interest in acknowledging the cultural and historical importance of its native language.^ Aruba’s natural, historical and cultural joys have run side by side, weaving into a masterpiece that captures your affection and demands your return.

Although spoken Papiamento is fairly similar among the several Papiamento-speaking islands, there is a big difference in written Papiamento. The orthography differs per island and even per group of people. Some are more oriented towards the Portuguese roots and use the equivalent spelling (e.g. "y" instead of "j"), where others are more oriented towards the Dutch roots.
In a book The Buccaneers of America, first published in 1678, it is stated by eyewitness account that the Indians on Aruba spoke "Spanish". The oldest government official statement written in Papiamento dates from 1803.
Aruba has four newspapers published in Papiamento: Diario, Bon Dia, Solo di Pueblo and Awe Mainta and two in English : Aruba Today[5] and The News. Amigoe is the newspaper published in Dutch. Aruba also has 18 radio stations (2 AM and 16 FM) and three local television stations (Tele-Aruba, Aruba Broadcast Company and Channel 22).

Infrastructure

.Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport is located near Oranjestad.^ Queen Beatrix International Airport is Aruba’s primary commercial airport for connections around the world.

This airport has daily flights to various cities across the United States, to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington DC; New York City; and Boston, Massachusetts. .It also connects Aruba with Toronto, Ontario, and South America, with daily flights to the international airports of Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, U.K and most of Europe through the Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.^ Queen Beatrix International Airport is Aruba’s primary commercial airport for connections around the world.

^ The culture of Aruba is a diverse mixture of people from South America, Europe, Asia and other islands in the Caribbean.

Direct flights from Italy started in November 2008.
.According to the Aruba Airport Authority, almost 1.7 million travelers used the airport in 2005, of which 61% were Americans.^ Explore Aruba on our Interactive Map Use our interactive map and explore your destination before you travel!
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In cooperation with the United States government, and for the facilitation for the passengers that arrive into the United States, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) full pre-clearance facility in Aruba has been in effect since February 1, 2001 with the expansion in the Queen Beatrix Airport, United States and Aruba have the agreement since 1986 that begins as a USDA and Customs post, and since 2008, the only island to have this service for private flights. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Defense established a Forward Operating Location (FOL) at the airport.
.Aruba has two ports Barcadera and Playa (this one) which is located in Oranjestad, The Port of Playa welcomes all the cruise-ship lines, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, NCL, Holland America Line, Disney Cruiseships and many more; an estimated almost one million tourists enter in this port per year, Aruba Ports Authority, owned and operated by the Aruban government is the authority in these seaports.^ Your email will not be sold or provided to third parties, and you will only receive emails from Caribbean Tours and Cruises / All Inclusive Outlet.

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^ Tourist visa not required Business visa required Cruise visa not required Crew visa not required Cruise Ship passengers staying up to 48 hours will not require an Aruba visa regardless of nationality.
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Aruba's public buses transportation services is in charge of Arubus, a government based company which operates from 3:30am until 12:30am 365 days a year. Small private vans also provide the transportation services in certain areas such Hotel Area, San Nicolaas, Santa Cruz and Noord.
Aruba also counts two telecommunications providers, Setar the government based company and Digicel Irish ownership company based in Kingston, Jamaica. .Setar is the provider of services such as Internet, video conference, GSM wireless tech and land lines and offer the latest in telecom services, Digicel is the Setar competitor in wireless technology using the GSM platform.^ Aruba is fully equipped with cable telephone lines, cellular service and Internet capabilities.

Utilities on the island

.WEB also produces potable industrial water, at the world's third largest desalination plant.^ With the world’s second largest saltwater purification plant, Aruba’s water is safe to drink straight from the tap.

[6] Average daily consumption in 2005 was about 37,043 metric tons.[citation needed]

Places of interest

Palm Beach
  * Collapsed September 2, 2005 [7]

Notable Arubans

See also

References

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Capital Oranjestad
Government parliamentary democracy
Currency Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)
Area 193 sq km
Population 71,891 (July 2006 est.)
Language Dutch (official), Papiamento (a creole of Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch origin), English (widely spoken), Spanish
Religion Roman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish
Electricity 120V/60Hz (North American plug)
Calling Code +297
Internet TLD .aw
Time Zone UTC -4
.Aruba [1] is a Caribbean island 15 miles north of the coast of Venezuela.^ Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela .
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^ Aruba is a Caribbean island just 15 miles north of Venezuela...but a world apart from South America.
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^ PAN-AM submarine telecommunications cable system that extends from the US Virgin Islands through Aruba to Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, and the west coast of South America; extensive interisland microwave radio relay links (2007) .
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.The island is an autonomous dependency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.^ Aruba is a parliamentary democracy and is autonomous in internal affairs, but the Kingdom of the Netherlands is responsible for the island's defense and foreign affairs.

^ The Status Aparte (autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands outside the Netherlands Antilles) granted to Aruba on 1 January 1986 was intended as the first step to full independence on 1 january 1996.
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^ Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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.It is 19.6 miles (30 kilometers) long and 6 miles (9 kilometers) across, at its widest point, with an area of approximately 70 square miles (184 square kilometers).^ It's 19.6 miles long and 6 miles wide at it's widest point.
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^ Aruba is 20 miles (32 km) long and 6 miles (10 km) across at its widest point.
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^ Aruba is located at 12° 30' north latitude and 70° west longitude, 15 miles north of Venezuela.
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.This flat, riverless island is renowned for its white sand beaches.^ OCCIDENTAL GRAND ARUBA Resort Overview Set amid the pristine white sands of Aruba's famed Palm Beach, the Occidental Grand Aruba offers 398 rooms and suites from which to enjoy all that this tropical island has to offer.

^ Imagine a private 40-acre island with several white sandy beaches just a short boat ride away.

^ Amy White, Aruba is a beautiful island – the beaches are awesome.

.Its tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean.^ Aruba's tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean; the temperature is almost constant at about 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit).
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^ Windsurfing is a popular sport here, and with its constant year-round trade winds, which average 15 knots, its a prime sailing destination.

^ The hot Sun and high temperatures are bearable because of the constant trade winds that sweep the island.

.The temperature is almost constant at about 27°C (81°F).^ The temperature varies little from an annual average of 81 °F (27 °C), and the heat is tempered by northeasterly trade winds .
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^ A flat, riverless island renowned for its white sand beaches; its tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean; the temperature is almost constant at about 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit).
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.Aruba is divided into the northeast and southwest coasts.^ The Aruba hotels and resorts on this page have been divided into two groups.
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.The southwest has the white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and warm waters.^ Considered an autonomous dependency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is actually divided into two regions: the northeast coast – known for its rocky coastline, rough Atlantic seas and treacherous current – and the southwest coast – known for the white sand beaches and warm, teal blue waters.
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^ Abound with golden beaches , calm turquoise waters, and easy access to restaurants and nightlife, Aruba Vacations are an easy choice!

^ Our beautiful Wedding Chapel and Open Air Events Pavilion is nestled on the beach and surrounded by a panoramic view of white sand, crystal blue waters and allows for heavenly sunsets as background.
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.The northeast coast, exposed to the Atlantic, has a few white sand beaches, rough seas with treacherous currents, and a rocky coastline.^ A flat, riverless island renowned for its white sand beaches; its tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean; the temperature is almost constant at about 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit).
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^ Overlooking the gorgeous aquamarine Caribbean Sea, Allegro Resort Aruba is located on the exclusive sands of Palm Beach....
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^ Incredible white sand beach, friendly staff and lots to do!
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Understand

Climate

.The climate is tropical marine, with little seasonal temperature variation.^ The temperature varies little from an annual average of 81 °F (27 °C), and the heat is tempered by northeasterly trade winds .
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.Because of its location south in the Caribbean there is very strong sun, but a constant light breeze keeps the temperature pleasant.^ The hot Sun and high temperatures are bearable because of the constant trade winds that sweep the island.

^ The refreshing wind may fool you into believing it's not so hot, but the sun is still very strong.
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.(These persistent winds out of the east shape the island's distinctive, lop-sided divi-divi trees.^ Aruba's trademark divi divi trees always point in a southwesterly direction (due to trade winds that blow from the northeast), but we like to think they're leading the way to the sandy beaches that ring the island in the shape of a cheery smile.
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^ The precious island of Aruba is marked by diamond white sands, rugged seascapes and the famous silhouette of the divi-divi tree.

^ Approximately 18 percent of the entire island was reserved for this teeming reserve of exotic wildlife, striking cacti and the signature bend of the divi-divi tree.

) .The weather is almost always dry, with most rain showers coming at night and lasting only a little while.^ Saturday afternoons are bad as almost everyone comes to town and Saturday is the day most of the timeshares change, so there is lots of traffic.

.It lies outside the zone usually affected by hurricanes.^ The island lies outside the usual path of hurricanes, though one occasionally does reach it.
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Landscape

.The island is flat with a few hills, arid with mostly desert vegetation and negligible natural resources other than white sandy beaches.^ NEGL; white sandy beaches .
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^ A flat, riverless island renowned for its white sand beaches; its tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean; the temperature is almost constant at about 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit).
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^ Imagine a private 40-acre island with several white sandy beaches just a short boat ride away.

.Highest point: Mount Jamanota (188 meters).^ Its highest point is Mount Jamanota, which rises to 620 feet (189 metres) above sea level .
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History

.Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries.^ The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries.
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^ Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636.
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^ Quick Facts Tourism Site: www.aruba.com Capital: Language: Dutch is the official language of the island, but almost all Arubans speak English and Spanish.

A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. .Aruba seceeded from the Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire and Curacao, the ABC-Islands)in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.^ ABC Timeshare Discussion - Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao timeshare travel forum.
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^ The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, the ultimate tourguide...

^ Papiamento is the local language, and is spoken on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
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Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.
.Tourism is the mainstay of the small, open Aruban economy, with offshore banking and oil refining and storage also important.^ The large petroleum-refining complex there, once the island’s main employer, reopened after closing in the mid-1980s, but tourism has become the island’s economic mainstay.
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.The rapid growth of the tourism sector over the last decade has resulted in a substantial expansion of other activities.^ The rapid growth of the tourism sector over the last decade has resulted in a substantial expansion of other activities.
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^ The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry.
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Construction has boomed, with hotel capacity five times the 1985 level.

Electricity

Officially 120V 60Hz, which is identical to the U.S. and Canadian standard. Outlets are North American grounded outlets, identical to standard U.S. and Canadian wall outlets. Occasionally non-grounded outlets may be found, which do not accept the third, round pin present on grounded plugs, and require an adapter. Older North American outlets may not be polarized (with one slot wider than the other). Otherwise, adapters are available which accept a polarized plug and adapt it for use with a non-polarized outlet.

Get in

By plane

.All air traffic will arrive and depart from the Reina Beatrix International Airport (IATA: AUA) (ICAO: TNCA) on the western side of the island.^ On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.
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^ Queen Beatrix International Airport is Aruba’s primary commercial airport for connections around the world.

Aruba no longer has a national airline. .American Airlines is a popular carrier that schedules flights from the gateways of New York, Boston, Miami and San Juan.^ Direct flights are available from New York and Miami among other places.
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^ The low-cost Latin American airline GOL launched new flights to Aruba from Brazil and Venezuela on Oct.
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.Other major carriers from the US include United (Chicago, Washington/Dulles), US Airways (BOS, Philadelphia, Charlotte), Continental (Newark, Houston Intercontinental), Delta (Atlanta), and JetBlue Airways (New York JFK, Boston).^ New York, NY (JFK) .
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^ Direct flights are available from New York and Miami among other places.
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^ JFK-New York DCA-Washington ORD-Chicago LAS-Las Vegas BOS-Boston SFO-S.Francisco MCO-Orlando PHL-Philadelphia LAX-Los Angeles MIA-Miami ATL-Atlanta CDG-Paris .
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First Choice Airways flies charter flights from the London and Manchester in the UK, and KLM flights to Amsterdam connect to most of the rest of Europe. Avianca and Aires connect Aruba to Colombia.
Daily connections to Venezuela include Caracas, Maracaibo, Las Piedras and Valencia, by Aeropostal, Aserca, Santa Barbara Airlines and Avior.
.There is an office of the American Department of Homeland Security at the airport for those traveling to the United States.^ All travelers between the U.S. and the Caribbean are required to carry passports beginning January 1, 2007 as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

^ DEPARTING AIRPORT Select First State .

By boat

.Cruise ships can dock quite close to the downtown area, offering their passengers an easy walk to many stores and services.^ We offer the best of both worlds: easy online access to great Caribbean rates AND personalized customer service for custom quotes.

^ When cruise ships are in port, a lot of stores downtown near the harbor area will be open in the morning hours on Sundays and holidays.
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^ There is a NY style bagel bakery and a good French type bakery in Orangestad near where the cruise ships dock.
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Get around

Cabs are available at the airport and at hotels. .Cost about $30 including tip from the airport to Eagle Beach.^ I like the beach at Eagle Beach (about 10 minutes away by taxi) and adjacent to the hotel and resort district.

^ On the flip side, the High-Rise area begins about a quarter of a mile after Eagle Beach ends.
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^ Dec 30, 2009 Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa , Palm/Eagle Beach Hotel photos .
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.You can also rent a car or jeep at the Queen Beatrix airport or through the hotel concierge.^ You can pick up your car at the airport or we'll gladly...

^ To snorkel on your own you can rent snorkel equipment from Red Sail Sports located in several of the high rise hotels, or better yet, bring your own.
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^ Cocktail hour - Our verandah, of course (if you rent our house), and any of the hotels happy hour.
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Additionally there is a bus system called "Arubus." .This bus is great to see the island and to travel from Oranjestad to the tourist hotels all for about $1.50. You can take bus to the far end of the island, have lunch at St Nicholas, see how the 90,000 islanders live.^ You can also go to the Sonesta Island by taking a boat from the Sonesta Hotel.
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^ To go downtown take the bus all the way to the main bus terminal in town next to the Royal Plaza Mall (big pink building) on the boulevard.
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^ You can try your luck at one of the island's dozen casinos, take in a live Vegas-style show, or listen to some amazing live music, including Latin jazz and Caribbean sounds such as the island's own Tumba music.
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The bus stops at 9pm. .You can find city/island buses at a main station right downtown.^ Here you will find all of the information you will need to plan your holiday on our island paradise....

^ If you like fresh lobster, don't miss Don Carlos Restaurant right in the heart of Oranjestad on the harbor side of the main street.

^ Of course, if you are a gambler, visit Aruba's excellent casino located right in the heart of downtown.

.During other than "rush hours", friendly drivers and some riders will help you choose routes and provide commentary on stops and sights.^ Provide you with all other information from its data bank and library, such as addresses and business information on international commerce, foreign industries, products, international exhibitions, etc.

^ Some think it is a bit high priced compared to the many other good Italian meals you can get in Aruba.
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^ When you get a little time, stop by & check out some changes/additions to my page.
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Fares are quite modest. An economical way to get to the resort beaches.
.Because Aruba is small, consider not renting a car until you know what you want to do.^ Aruba Timeshare Wanted Here you can post if you are looking to rent an Aruba Timeshare!
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^ One friend wants to come back to Aruba just to eat with you again!
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^ Your tax bracket is relevant because when you own a timeshare you save the difference between the maintenance charge and the cost of renting.
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.Many activities are central to the resort area of the island and are within walking distance.^ Enjoy the warm embrace of Aruban culture within the markets, shops, casinos and clubs that surround the major resort areas.

^ The Boardwalk Vacation Retreat is a charming island-style small hotel, a short walk away from the beach and swimming area.
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^ Many resorts offer complete wedding and honeymoon packages as well as advice for the best ceremony and honeymoon spots on the island.

.Renting cars/jeeps is easy, and many rental companies provide pickup service from area hotels.^ Your travel agent can arrange cars with the usual assortment of rental companies.
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^ We recommend 'VALUE CAR RENTAL'; they have a well-maintained fleet of cars and jeeps and they offer fast and friendly service.
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^ Information on the activities and services provided by this destination management company ...

.If you do decide to rent a car, be aware that the local rental car companies often rent older, higher mileage cars.^ Your travel agent can arrange cars with the usual assortment of rental companies.
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^ Webdesign & Hosting: ISM Internet Solutions October 27, 2000 Looking for a reputable car rental company?

.It's especially important to recognize that even the big brand rental car agencies will rent you a vehicle in poor condition that may or may not function properly.^ Aruba Budget:With more than 20 years experience in the car rental business we offer quality vehicles...

Driving in Aruba

The most important thing U.S. drivers need to remember is that there are no turns on red. Also, there are several roundabouts (circles), which can be frustrating to some drivers but are quickly gotten used to. .Aruba uses international road signs, which generally have no words or obvious relation to their meaning.^ Help Aruba and say NO! to overbuilding of the island by clicking here and signing this important petition .
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Happily, tourist maps usually contain quick references to these road signs if you are unfamiliar.
.The major road is LG Smith Blvd, on which people usually drive at about 40 mph, though that is a very rough guideline.^ The ArubaHouse address is LG Smith Blvd.
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.Because the island is so small, everything of interest is close to everything else of interest, and it takes special talent to get lost—if you don't know where you're going, you can basically just keep driving, and statistically speaking you are likely to end up where you need to go eventually.^ You can also go to the Sonesta Island by taking a boat from the Sonesta Hotel.
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^ Westin Aruba /North Aruba Mill Resort & Suites Aruba When a taxi driver takes stranded tourists sightseeing all around Aruba and then invites them to celebrate New Years` Eve with his family, you know you`re on a tourist-friendly island.

^ In a place as small as Aruba, it's easy to get your bearings, especially since just about everything for tourists centers on the two biggest beaches.
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It should be noted, however, that most of the roads are not identified by signage.
.The lack of road signage can be especially frustrating in downtown Oranjestad, so it might be best to park near the Renaissance Mall and simply walk to your destination.^ The best shopping is in downtown Oranjestad.
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^ Oranjestad offers numerous shops, boutiques and malls that are all within easy walking distance of the ship.

^ This interactive map highlights all of the top destinations in the region and allows you to click thru to the destination best suited for your vacation.
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.A cab might also be easier than navigating the narrow unmarked streets.^ He suggested that downloading software to the AP might work better than imposing a protocol on it, creating a set-up that is easier to evolve with new functions.
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.You should also be cautious when driving, as there are certain "bus only" roads that are not marked but that feature large pits in the road designed to trap normal cars while letting buses drive through.^ The bus driver only stops if there are people at the bus stop.
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^ The work permit will normally be granted only if there are no qualified persons locally available for the specific job or profession.

^ So be sure to wave if you see the bus approach to make sure the driver sees you and doesn't drive right past you!
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.Car Hire Although the island has a half decent transport system of it's own, you can take life on this laid back island at a pace that suits you by using a car hire vehicle.^ You can try your luck at one of the island's dozen casinos, take in a live Vegas-style show, or listen to some amazing live music, including Latin jazz and Caribbean sounds such as the island's own Tumba music.
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^ Westin Aruba /North Aruba Mill Resort & Suites Aruba When a taxi driver takes stranded tourists sightseeing all around Aruba and then invites them to celebrate New Years` Eve with his family, you know you`re on a tourist-friendly island.

^ With other arrangements you own a certain number of weeks, 20 for example and when you have used them you are history.
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Take a map with you to determine what road signs mean because they are not immediately obvious. .This is one of the easier holiday destinations to negotiate your own car around so keep the pace easy and book ahead online.^ While luxury beach destinations can be quite alluring, remember to keep your guard up when approached by locals in any foreign area.

^ G etting Around * By car There are lots of car rental companies on the island- from larger companies like Budget and Hertz to smaller family owned businesses.
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Talk

.Languages spoken are Dutch (official), Papiamento, (a creole of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch origin), Spanish, and English (widely spoken).^ L anguage The official language is Dutch, the native language Papiamento.
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^ Papiamento is the local language, and is spoken on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
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^ Languages: Dutch (official); Papiamento, Spanish, and English also are spoken.
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.
  • Natural Pool (Conchi) [2]- On the northern side of the island and only accessible via ATV or Trail Rated 4x4. This is a small pool of water hidden in natural rock formation that jut into the ocean, just off the shore of Aruba.^ Location: Oranjestad, Aruba Hop into a jeep and visit Arikoko Park and one of Aruba 's hidden treasures, the "Seroe Colorado" Natural ...
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    ^ In a place as small as Aruba, it's easy to get your bearings, especially since just about everything for tourists centers on the two biggest beaches.
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    ^ (Ayo Rock formation) Some centuries later, the first European landed on Aruban shores.
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    .This location makes for a great day trip - make sure your vehicle has a spare tire.
  • California Lighthouse - On the northernmost tip of the island.^ Today, the pace on this small island is a little slower but every bit as thrilling as you recapture the fun of your first trip to the beach at Daytona SeaBreeze.

    ^ FISHING CHARTER...HALF DAY FISHING CHARTER...HALF DAY $362 Chartered For up to 4 People Your experienced captain will take you aboard his 35' Bertram Sportfisherman for a 1/2 day trip, just you and ...

    ^ Also in the north, the California Lighthouse, although closed now, makes and interesting visit for the huge boulders and stark landscape surrounding it.

    .Many scenic views and is also the location where you can access the dirt trails to travel down the northern shores of Aruba.
  • Our Lady of Alto Visto Chapel - On the northern side of the island.^ We are from northern New York State, USA, and your restaurant was highly recommended by many of our friends before we left for our trip.
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    ^ Is it because our resort hotel is located along Eagle Beach, the most gorgeous beach in Aruba?...

    ^ Stroll down old cobblestone streets to the Battery and Waterfront Park, where you can view Fort Sumter, birthplace of the Civil War.

    .The chapel is very picturesque and historic.
  • Aruba Aloe Factory [3] – You can take a short tour and learn some interesting facts about aloe farming, production and uses.
  • Casibari Rock & Ayo Rock Formations – You can climb and explore these formations, the tops of which provide a great view of the countryside.
  • Natural Bridge @ Boca Andicuri – There are 7 "Natural Bridges" in Aruba.^ You can climb to the top of the massive boulders at Ayo and Casibari for sweeping views of the countryside.

    ^ Westin Aruba /North Aruba Holiday Inn Sunspree Aruba Now there's even more to smile about at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba than ever before!

    ^ The 200 foot opening that forms the natural bridge was carved out of solid rock by the surf and wind.

    The original (biggest and most famous bridge that people are referring to when they say Natural Bridge) collapsed in 2005 leaving a pile of rubble in the bay. Bridge Collapse Pictures [4]. There is a smaller bridge right next to the fallen bridge that still stands.
  • Bushiribban Gold Mill / Smelting Station – The ruins of the smelting station are the way to the Natural Bridge. .Climbing the ruins you can get great photos of the coastline.
  • Aruba Ostrich Farm [5] – The tour walks you around the ostrich pens and incubator.^ ArubaHotels.info - Aruba pics Aruba Photo Tour - very good shots of Aruba.
    • Aruba Travel Forums - Directory of every Aruba Travel Forum, Photo Gallery, Trip Report, Map and Cam 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.caribbeantravelforums.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Great Pondhawk ( Erythemis vesiculosa ) is one of the most splendid species you can encounter on Aruba.
    • Dragonflies & Damselflies of Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC gull-research.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .The Aruba farm is more for educating people, while the meat that is used for food in Aruba actually comes from the sister island of Curacao.^ Wikio Wikio Leave a Comment Aruba , Tony Award winning Kiril Kulish on island to star in The Nutcracker Read more .
    • Aruba News - Aruba Local News 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC business-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Papiamento is the local language, and is spoken on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Educational institute on the island of Aruba located in the Caribbean for secondary school students in order to improve school results,to develop social skills, and to build self-esteem...

    (Ostrich is a red meat, which is high in protein and low in fat.)
  • .
  • Boca Catalina and the Antilla Shipwreck – These are 2 of the many sites snorkel tours will take you.^ The snorkeling tours go to a number of places, so if you book one, don't book one that goes to Little Arrashi Beach, unless you just want the sailboat ride.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We also have small folding beach chairs which we provide free of charge; you can take these and enjoy a different beach every day.
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you use these links, we take no responsibility and give no guarantees, warranties or representations, implied or otherwise, for the content or accuracy of these third-party sites.

    .The Antillla Shipwreck is the remains of a scuttled 400-foot German cargo ship that was anchored off of Aruba during WW2. It was thought that this ship was supplying German U-Boats in the Caribbean and after Holland was invaded in 1940, the captain was given notice to surrender the ship.^ Jutting above the water not far off Malmok Beach - one of the finest spots for shelling, snorkeling, and windsurfing, are parts of the wreck of the German ship Antilla , scuttled here in 1940.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ One couples thoughts about their trips to their favorite Caribbean island- Aruba.

    ^ Its waterfront bustles with cruise ships, yachts, fishing boats, and cargo carriers.
    • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

    Instead of surrendering the ship to the Dutch Marines the captain sunk the ship by blowing up the boilers. (The crew swam to shore, and were taken POW and shipped to Bonaire.) .The joke you will hear is "They did not want to surrender the cargo and they also wanted to provide future tourists with a site to see."^ Even if you were never on a board and they say they didn't see you, you can say you were sailing on the "outside" and thought you saw them.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Chances are, they weren't on the outside, but they will be complimented that a great sailor like you thought you saw them when you did the loop.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Again, for the windsurfing types (or others who have perfected a good line of BS...did you see my duck gybe, forward loop, big air...?
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    The remains are off of Malmok beach. After the war, the captain and his crew purchased their former POW camp and converted it into a hotel. .Today the site is the Divi Flamingo resort.
  • Arikok National Park [6] The park consists of lava formations, a quartz diorite formation and a limestone formation extending inward from the coastline.^ Aruba's Arikok National Park is a model demonstrating how the demands of a tourist economy can be balanced with the goal of preserving natural, cultural and historic resources.

    ^ Arikok National Park - Aruba...

    .These formations have played a pivotal role in the history of Aruba.
  • Guadirkiri Caves
  • The Palm Island [7]
  • Hooiberg (Haystack Mountain) a.k.a simply "the Haystack" – Standing over 500 feet, the haystack is in the center of the country and provides a breathtaking view of Aruba.^ Hooiberg, translated Haystack mountain, is not a volcano).
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino in Palm Beach stands within beautiful surroundings....

    ^ A few small museums highlight the island's past and some centuries-old indigenous rock glyphs and paintings, but nobody visits Aruba for culture or history.
    • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

    .People suggest going on a cool & clear day because it will be easier to climb the 1000+ steps required to reach the top and you can see the coast of Venezuela to the south!
  • Butterfly Farm - set in a tropical atmosphere, tour guides at the Butterfly Farm will elucidate butterfly habits and metamorphosis.
  • Bubali Bird Sanctuary - over 80 species of migratory birds reside in the sanctuary.^ Free nights, free upgrades, early bird specials and last-minute cut rates, even on your travel day!
    • Aruba Hotels - Online hotel reservations for Hotels in Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.agoda.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Private casitas are arranged spaciously amidst tropical gardens, on the grounds of a former coconut plantation, bordering a bird sanctuary.
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you're interested in the desalinization process: they have a very interesting guided tour (only on appointment).
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    Get the best view of the birds, by using the observation tower.

Do

Beaches
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  • Baby Beach - Southern Tip of the island.^ Saint Nicholas (the other end of the island, near Baby Beach which is good snorkeling beach but 18 miles from our house).
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Baby Beach, at the other end of the island near the town of St. Nicholas, has a nicer reef.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Then even further south; on the southern tip of the island there are some more nice beaches; Baby Beach , Rodger's Beach and Coco Beach.
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    .It's called Baby Beach because it is no more than five feet deep at any point - like a giant wading pool.^ The divi-divi, usually never more than 15 feet tall, is permanently bent, at nearly a right angle, with its Medusa-like branches seemingly swept back by the wind.
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Located on Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise hotel section less than 6.5 km (4 mi) from Oranjestad, this resort more--> .
    • WhereToStay.com: Aruba Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Then even further south; on the southern tip of the island there are some more nice beaches; Baby Beach , Rodger's Beach and Coco Beach.
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    .This beach also has some of the best snorkeling on the island.
  • San Nicolaas Beach
  • Eagle Beach – Often called "1 of the 10 best beaches in the world"
  • Hadikurari Beach a.k.a Fisherman's Huts.^ Aruba's got beaches, some of the best in the Caribbean .
    • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I have no experience with the F2 center on the beach at Fisherman's Huts or with Roger's.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Regarding the beaches at the hotels: the hotel property line does not run into the water like it does on some islands; here that line is always at least 30' from the waterline.
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    .This is where the High Winds Pro AM windsurfing world championship is held every June.
  • Palm Beach White sand and excellent swimming conditions in calm water.^ Palm Beach is the hub of the hotel action – with 6-7 high-rise resorts holding space on the palm lined beach.

    ^ Abound with golden beaches , calm turquoise waters, and easy access to restaurants and nightlife, Aruba Vacations are an easy choice!

    ^ Located on Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise hotel section less than 6.5 km (4 mi) from Oranjestad, this resort more--> .
    • WhereToStay.com: Aruba Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

    .Nearby hotels allow you to use public areas for changing.^ These adaptors will allow you to plug in your 220V appliances and can transfer the output to 220V, if there's no way to switch your appliance to use 110V. .
    • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

    .Accessible by bus, car or taxi.
  • Malmok Beach
  • Renaissance Island - A private island accessible by ferry only if you stay at the Renaissance Resort and Casino [8].^ You have to want to stay at the resort.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Beach Resorts and Suites, many with Casinos.

    ^ Staying in town doesn't necessarily mean sacrificing beach time: The best beaches are only minutes away, and one hotel (The Renaissance) even has its own nearby island replete with private beaches, a restaurant and bar, a spa, and a tennis court.
    • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

    .The island is divided into 2 beaches: Iguana Beach and Flamingo Beach.^ Away from the beach, Aruba is a desert island full of cacti, iguanas, and strange boulder formations.
    • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

    (When you visit each side it is clear which is which!) The Iguanas are fed on the dockside by Iguana Beach while the Flamingoes congregate on the other beach.
Tour Companies
  • De Palm Tours [9]
  • Red Sail Sports [10]

Buy

.Above all, it appears that Arubans are very aware that their economy is completely dependent on tourism - so Arubans are polite to tourists, and even street vendors don't generally seek to rip off their customers (though as in all traveling, don't let advice like this lull you into a sense of complacency).^ Generally accepted Caribbean wisdom is, don't do things that will result in one of the black spines sticking in you.
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

^ Useful information for tourists, investors, locals and all interested parties on Aruba's economic and tourism affairs and government policy.

^ While I like the ambiance (it can best be described as Euro-Caribbean funky with a certain charm if you are into that sort of thing) others may find it a bit too funky.
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

.This may be helped by the fact that Aruba is a relatively expensive place to visit, so it tends to attract the reasonably well-off.^ Your Aruba vacation may feature everything from watersports and casino gaming to off-road safaris and top-notch golf.

^ The Aruba Regatta Foundation has organized the first Seaport Yacht Race to take place from May 22-29, 1999.

American dollars are accepted virtually everywhere at a decent exchange rate. .If you have U.S. dollars, there is no need to change money into the local currency, the Aruban florin.^ So are traveler's checks; there is no fee for using traveler's checks at hotels, restaurants and stores but the local banks will charge a fee for cashing traveler's checks.
  • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

^ Boca Grande for experienced wave sailors (you need to drive there) Tips: .
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

^ You can sail there from Fisherman's Huts going towards Orangestad but you need to sail out about one mile on the way back and there is 2 foot chop there.
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

.The current exchange rate (as of April 2008) given in shops is about 1.79 florins to the dollar.^ ATTRACTIONS RESTAURANTS and CLUBS SHOPS and GALLERIES TRANSPORTATION TOURS CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE FLIGHT STATUS PASSPORT and VISA REQUIREMENTS TOURIST BOARD .
  • Aruba Guide - SoulOfAmerica 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.soulofamerica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Because the island is a Dutch dependency, Dutch currency is easy to spend, and small change for purchases in dollars may be in florins. .The island is actually not duty-free, but merchants respond well to competition on other islands, and duty free goods are offered by a few shops at the airport as visitors depart.^ In addition, goods originating in third countries and circulating in the domestic market, have duty-free access into the European Union market as well, provided that: .

^ Many resorts offer complete wedding and honeymoon packages as well as advice for the best ceremony and honeymoon spots on the island.

^ Going further south; past the airport, there are a few nice beaches as well; Mangel Halto and De Palm Island offers beautiful snorkeling opportunities.
  • Aruba Hotel - Boardwalk Vacation Retreat Aruba 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.arubaboardwalk.com [Source type: General]

Oranjestad's waterfront has many vendors/stalls selling souvenirs. Ironically, many of these souvenirs are imported from the United States with island scenes/slogans, only to be purchased by Americans and brought back to America.
In Oranjestad, the Renaissance Mall contains various American and European major apparel brands (i.e. Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci) at essentially the same prices as in the United States. The mall and the rest of the downtown area also hold numerous other types of stores catering to visitors, to include jewelers, souvenir shops, clothers, and two modest grocers.
.You'll find strip malls and grocers at modest (not easily walked) distances west of downtown and elsewhere.^ Bars, clubs, booze cruises, you name it -- if you're looking for a party, you'll find it.
  • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

^ You'll find the overwhelming majority of Arubans to be genuinely friendly and welcoming.
  • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

.They offer most everything a visitor or resident might need for short stays or living there.^ Visitors to Aruba need proof of identity and are allowed to stay up to fourteen (14) days.

^ From all inclusive luxury resorts to historic tours, Aruba offers visitors a wide variety of tropical activities in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful locations!
  • Aruba Resorts & Hotels | BookIt.com 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC bookit.com [Source type: General]

^ The entire island has fewer than 100,000 residents, but most seem to live or work around the capital.
  • Introduction in Aruba at Frommer's 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.frommers.com [Source type: General]

Groceries and other supplies are all imported, so prices tend to be high. .You can catch the bus from the hotel areas to the Grocery shops which are about 10 mins from Eagle beach but before you get to Oranjestad, cost's $3 return just ask the driver.^ Eagle beach is much mellower, occupied by only a scattering of small, intimate hotels such as the Manchebo and the Bucuti Beach Resorts .

^ Located on Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise hotel section less than 6.5 km (4 mi) from Oranjestad, this resort more--> .
  • WhereToStay.com: Aruba Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

^ Is it because our resort hotel is located along Eagle Beach, the most gorgeous beach in Aruba?...

.With numerous cruise ships visiting, downtown stores offer buys in jewelry, etc., typical of that in other Caribbean cruise ports, some at "duty free" prices.^ Cruise Critic Message Boards > Ports of Call > Caribbean .
  • Aruba - Cruise Critic Message Boards 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC boards.cruisecritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

For cheese lovers, mild Dutch Gouda, in boxes or wheels, is a popular buy in super markets, though not the great bargain it used to be. Do ensure the integrity of the package seal from the maker to avoid spoilage and difficulty at customs inspection.
.If you've flown to the island and are returning home, the airport duty-free store offers some items at slightly better prices than downtown, e.g., a decent selection of rums.^ Products such as footwear, handbags, and luggage produced from US materials and components can now be manufactured under this provision and returned to the United States free of duty.

^ By BARBARA IRELAND October 28, 2007 Rooms, meals and the island’s trademark windsurfing can all be had at reasonable prices if you’re willing to forgo some luxuries.
  • Aruba Travel Guide - Hotels, Restaurants, Sightseeing in Aruba - New York Times Travel 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC travel.nytimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The center will also be home to several vendors and products that are new to Aruba, offering exciting inventories of trendy fashions and accessories never before seen on the island.
  • Aruba News - Aruba Local News 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC business-aruba.com [Source type: General]

Eat

Stoba di Bestia Chiquito - a hearty goat meat and vegetable stew
Keshi Yena - chicken or seafood with Dutch cheese
  • Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Palmbeach 186 B, NOORD, tel # 586-8071. Open 5:30PM-10:30PM. Sawasdee, (welcome) to the worlds greatest cuisine. Thai food combines the best of several eastern cuisines: the oriental bite of Szechuan Chinese, tropical flavour of Malaysia, creamy coconut sauces of india and the aromatic spices of Arabian food. Thai food is very tasty. .The Thai cooks strike a perfect balance between sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, and salty.^ South Beach sports Unagui Crispy roll topped with Tempura shrimp and mixed with mustard and honey for a perfect balance of pungent and sweet.
    • Aruba News - Aruba Local News 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC business-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    All dishes are made fresh to order. Come and enjoy the greatest cuisines! .You don't want to miss out on this!^ You don't want to hit it going 30 miles and hour.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you love a great concert, with a great performer, don’t miss.
    • Aruba News - Aruba Local News 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC business-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You are also missing out on using our SEARCH feature -- browsing 19 million posts is very time consuming, ya know!
    • Aruba - Cruise Critic Message Boards 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC boards.cruisecritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Walking distance from the high rise hotels, across the street from Mc Donalds.
  • Rumba Bar & Grill, [http:/www.rumba-aruba.com] , Havenstraat 4, Oranjestad (just behind the Renaissance Hotel).^ The bar across the street is great, too!
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ High-rise hotel area.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Palm Beach is the hub of the hotel action – with 6-7 high-rise resorts holding space on the palm lined beach.

    This downtown spot is worth a visit (or more). .During breakfast, lunch and dinner and all other opening hours Rumba pairs great food with excellent service and oustanding drinks from the beverage menu.^ Great service and amazing food!
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The food is great; however, Oslin's service is what made our experience so wonderful.
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Great service, food and priced very well.
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    .Rumba serves a lot of wines from the attractive wine list by the glass and is always willing to provide you with a sample of the wine you're interested in.^ I can even sit in the hot tub with a glass of wine while I wait for dinner to be served.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ E-Mail me if you're interested or want a video of the house .
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    The menu is very eclectic with classics from all over the world. During dinner all of the meat and most of the fish is grilled above the charcoalled grill. .At Rumba you have the choice to relax outside on the metropolitan terrace or inside in the intimate airconditioned dining room.
  • El Gaucho, [11] - located in downtown Oranjestad.^ I have been coming to Aruba for many years and one of the highlights is dining at El Gaucho.
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We were recently in Aruba and have dined a El Gaucho on every trip as it is our favorite restaurant.
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    ^ After you submit your comments, they will have to be approved by El Gaucho to show up on this page.
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    Considered by many to be an excellent steakhouse. Be sure and get a salad with one of their delicious house-made dressings! .Portions are enormous and affordable.
  • Iguana Joe's, [12] - located in downtown Oranjestad.^ Located at 12 31' North and 70 02' West in the heart of Aruba's capital of Oranjestad is the city's beautiful MARINA...

    One of a few restaurants to offer authentic Aruban dishes. It has American influenced dishes as well. Very reasonably priced and fresh ingredients.
  • Blossoms, [13] - located within the Westin hotel. Offers Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Very good sushi and great asian ambiance. .Worth the slightly higher price.
  • The Flying Fishbone, [14] - located in south Oranjestad and the beer brewery, but north of San Nicholas on the beach.^ Located at 12 31' North and 70 02' West in the heart of Aruba's capital of Oranjestad is the city's beautiful MARINA...

    ^ Located on Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise hotel section less than 6.5 km (4 mi) from Oranjestad, this resort more--> .
    • WhereToStay.com: Aruba Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Flying Fishbone - F 9/ A 9/ S 10/$20 - Located on the beach near Brises Del Mar and the desalinization plant (about 5 miles past the airport going towards St. Nicholas) this charming palce is worth the drive.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    .This restaurant has excellent food and ambiance.^ WE VISITED YOUR RESTAURANT LAST APRIL AND PLAN TO VISIT AGAIN THIS YEAR IT WAS THE BEST STEAK RESTAURANT WE EVER ATE IN-----WE WOULD NOT HESITATE TO RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE FOOD IS EXCELLENT AND SERVICE IS GREAT .
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    .The service is very slow and the prices are high.^ Great service, food and priced very well.
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    .The best time to go is sunset as you can enjoy it at your table on the private beach.^ Thank you for your time.
    • Aruba Information: Business, Taxation and Offshore 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.lowtax.net [Source type: News]

    ^ Aruba Beach Villas has what you need for your much nee...

    ^ This interactive map highlights all of the top destinations in the region and allows you to click thru to the destination best suited for your vacation.
    • Aruba Resorts & Hotels | BookIt.com 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC bookit.com [Source type: General]

    The drinks and food are very good.
  • Madame Janette, [15]. Excellent but pricey, combining European and Aruban influences to create dishes that taste wonderful. Attentive service and a dining area that is completely outside are extra plusses. .The restaurant does not advertise and it's located away from LG Smith Blvd (the main road in Aruba), but it's worth the trip.
  • Chalet Suisse, [16].^ Aruba's main thoroughfare, L.G. Smith Boulevard, is well lit and most hotels and tourist attractions can be easily located.

    ^ We were recently in Aruba and have dined a El Gaucho on every trip as it is our favorite restaurant.
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 246, Eagle Beach. .Tel: (297) 5875054. Great food, prices a bit on the steep side (though not too horrible), but the quality is amazing.^ Great food and Great prices!
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Great service and amazing food!
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Great service, food and priced very well.
    • El Gaucho Guestbook - Please sign in! 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC elgaucho-aruba.com [Source type: General]

    Choices of a few Swiss/Austrian favorites and steaks, seafood and other things. .Located at Eagle Beach in the low-rise hotel area just outside Oranjestad.^ High-rise hotel area.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Located on Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise hotel section less than 6.5 km (4 mi) from Oranjestad, this resort more--> .
    • WhereToStay.com: Aruba Villas, Hotels and Resorts with reviews. 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.wheretostay.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Is it because our resort hotel is located along Eagle Beach, the most gorgeous beach in Aruba?...

    The plates themselves come out blazing hot so be careful not to touch them! Well worth trying at least once. Try the wiener schnitzel (tasty and a hefty portion!) and the famous Toblerone fondue afterwards.
Many chain restaurants, both fast food and upscale, from the United States are present in Aruba (i.e. Texas de Brazil, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Hooters, Subway, Tony Romas). .You'll find some downtown, and many near the large resort hotels.^ Some think it is a bit high priced compared to the many other good Italian meals you can get in Aruba.
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

^ At Costa Linda Beach Resort, you will find everything you need for a great vacation...

^ Aruba Hotel, Caribbean Town Beach Resort Aruba invites you to relax, let go and enjoy on your Aruba vacation!...

The downtown Burger King (next to the bus station) overlooks the main street from its second floor balcony, and is a good place to "tourist watch" with a cool one.
The upscale restaurants near resorts vary in quality as there are a limited number of them and they have a steady stream of tourist customers, as they advertise in pamphlets available in the hotels. The fast food places are essentially no different than their American counterparts.

Full compiled list of restaurants on Aruba

Aquarius, L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, +297-583-6000
Fishes and More, J.E. Irausquin Blvd 370, Palm Beach, +297-586-3659, [17]
Flying Fishbone, Savaneta # 344, Savaneta, +297-584-2506, +297-584-9018, [18]
L.G. Smith's Chop & Steakhouse, L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, +297-583-6000, Ext: 6195, [19]
B55, Balashi 55, Balashi,+297 5852111, 5931476, [20]
Ambianz, L.G. Smith Boulevard 1, +297 583 9420
Pam Pam, Boegoeroei 11 Z (located at Perle d'or), +297 587 7710
Marandi, Bucutiweg 50, Bucuti, +297 582 0157, +297 582 0166
Gambero Rosso, Weststraat 2 (Marina Azul Mall), Oranjestad, +297 582 3007, +297 585 3727
Rumba Bar & Grill, Havenstraat 4 (Aventura Mall, behind the Renaissance Hotel), Oranjestad, +297 5887900, [http:/www.rumba-aruba.com/]
Sushi - Ya, Renaissance Marketplace - Oranjestad & PLaya Linda Resort - Highrise, +297 583 9982, +297 585 1680
Chalet Suisse Restaurant, J.E. Irausquin Blvd 246 (Eagle Beach), +297 587 5054, +297 587 0349
Alfredo's, Sasakiweg z/n (Adventure Golf Complex), Oranjestad, +297-5876625, +297-5876645, [21]
Amazônia Churrascaria, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 374, Palm Beach, +297-5864444, +297-5864600, [22]
Aqua Grill, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 374, Palm Beach, +297-5865900, +297-5865901, [23]
Bella Luna, Palm Beach 21-A, Palm Beach, +297-5860644, +297-5860220, [24]
Benihana, Sasakiweg z.n. P.O. Box 695, Palm Beach, +297-5866789, +297-5826794, [25]
Buccaneer, Gasparito 11-C, Noord, +297-5866172, +297-5831077, [26]
Café & Restaurant bingo, Palm Beach 6D, +297-5862818, +297-5862817
Café The Paddock, L.G. Smith Boulevard 13, Oranjestad, +297-5832334, [27]
Café The Plaza, L.G. Smith Boulervard 9, Oranjestad, +297-5838826, +297-5820842, [28]
Café Twister, Dominicanessenstraat 10, +297-5839077
Canton Tea House, Bushiri 23, +297-5826688
Captain's Corner, Palm Beach 6-D, +297-5861991, +297-5863376
Captain's Table, La Cabana Resort, +297-5879000, +297-5877208
Carlos 'n Charlie's, Weststraat 3A, Oranjestad, +297-5820355, +297-5820275
Casa Tua, J. E. Irausquin Blvd.(Arawak Gardens), Palm Beach, +297-586 8470,+297, [29]
Chalet Suisse, J. E. Irausquin Boulevard 246, +297-5875054, +297-5870349
Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, B. v/d V. Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, +297-5845086
Matilde, Havenstraat 23, Oranjestad, +297-5839200, +297-5835500, [30]
Cleo's Sports Grill (Alhambra Bazaar), J. E. Irausquin Boulevard 47, +297-5835000, +297-5834230
Costariba, St. Cristoffelbergweg 9, +297-5844088, +297-5845828
Cuba's Cookin', Wilhelminastraat 27, Oranjestad, +297-5880627, +297-5824940, [31]
Driftwood, Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad, +297-5832515, +297-5872321
El Chalan, Caya Betico Croes 152, +297-5827591, +297-5827591
El Gaucho, Wilhelminastraat 80, Oranjestad, +297-5823677, +297-5830123, [32]
El Fogón, San Barbola 5, +297-5825224
Flamboyant, Bushiri Beach Resort, +297-5825216
Frangipani Coffee Shop, Costa Linda Beach Resort, +297-5838000
French Steakhouse, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 55 (Manchebo Beach Resort), Eagle, +297-5823444, +297-5833667, [33]
Gasparito, Gasparito 3, +297-5867044, +297-5867144
Hooters, J E Irausquin Blvd 370 A, Palm Beach, +297-5868060, +297-5846885, [34]
.Hostaria da Vittorio, L.G. Smith Blvd.^ Welcome "Hostaria Da Vittorio" Ristorante Italiano...

^ "Hostaria Da Vittorio" Ristorante Italiano Located at Aruba with his "kitchen" and the "Bottega" Full of "Italian Products"...

380, Palm Beach, +297-5863838, +297-5866338, [35]
Iguana Joe's Caribbean Bar & Grill, Royal Plaza Mall/L.G. Smith Boulevard 101/102, +297-5839373
Kowloon, Emmastraat 11, +297-5824950, +297-5834023
La Dolce Vita Ristorante Italiano, Sasakiweg 46, Eagle, +297-5885592, +297-5885593, [36]
La Nueva Marina Pirata, Balashi Z/N, +297-5857150, +297-5836078
La Trattoria El Faro Blanco, Westpunt (The California Lighthouse), +297-5860786, +297-5860788
La Vista, Aruba Marriott Resort, +297-5869000, +297-5860649
Le Dôme, Irausquin Blvd. 224, Eagle, +297-5871517, +297-5874822, [37]
Le Petit Cafe, JE Irausquin Boulevard Z/N, +297-5874620, +297-5826577, [38]
Mido, Dwarsstraat 5, +297-5822134
Oriental Bar & Restaurant, Zoutmanstraat 5, +297-5821008
Papiamento, Washington 61, +297-5864544, +297-5861505
Pega Pega, Manchebo Beach Resort, +297-5823444
Peking (San Nicolas), Caya Jose Geerman 78, +297-5841900
Peking, Santa Cruz 324, +297-5851372
Que Pasa?, Wilhelminastraat 18, +297-5834888, +297-5834443
Salt & Pepper, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 370, Palm Beach, +297-5863280, +297-5862941, [39]
Sbarro, Seaport Market/L.G. Smith Blvd. 9, Oranjestad, +297-5836055, +297-5836044
Scandals, L. G. Smith Blvd. 9, P. O. Box 1124, Oranjestad, +297-5834488, +297-5832941, [40]
Sole Mare, Palm Beach 23, +297-5860077, +297-5826988
Sun Club, Costa Linda Beach Resort, +297-5838000, +297-5836040
Tango, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 370 (opp. Allegro Resort), Palm Beach, +297-5868600, +297-5868644
Texas de Brazil, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 382, Palm Beach, +297-5864686, +297-5863685, [41]
The Grill House, Zoutmanstraat 31, +297-5831611, +297-5830508
The Mill, Irausquin Blvd. 330, +297-5861746, +297-5867700
The Old Cunucu House, Palm Beach 150, Palm Beach, +297-5861666, +297-5827753, [42]
The Pirate's Nest, Bucuti Beach Resort/L.G. Smith Blvd, Punta Brabo, +297-5831100, +297-5825272, [43]
The Red Parrot, J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 47 (Divi Hotel), +297-5823300, +297-5822626
The Turtle's Nest, Costa Linda Resort, Eagle, +297-5838000, +297-5836040, [44]
The Waterfront Crabhouse, L.G. Smith Blvd. 9 Renaissance Marketplace, Oranjestad, +297-5835858, +297-5826787, [45]
Tony Roma's, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard #230 A, Palm Beach, +297-5867427, +297-5860860
Tortuga Bar & Grill, L.G. Smith Boulevard 51/53, Eagle, +297-5823000, +297-5838191, [46]
Ventanas del Mar, Tierra del Sol, Westpunt, +297-5867800
Villa Martha Bar & Restaurant, Golfweg 67, +297-5845656

Drink

By the glass, sixpack or case, imported dutch beers are relatively good buys. .Balashi Beer - Aruba's National Beer...a must-drink beverage, perfect after spending all day at the beach.^ Beach Hotels & Resorts - ArubaVacationMap.com is an all-inclusive vacation guide of island Aruba with a map and information about beach hotels and resorts.

^ Aruba's best vacation value is La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort & Casino.

^ Beachfront Palm Beach Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba Aruba $154: All Inclusive SAVE Up To 55% Reg $343 pp/pn .
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Founded in 1996, the name Balashi is derived from the words Bala Bala and Balana and means "near the sea." .It is the only beer brewed on the island of Aruba.^ So it is only fitting that Aruba's Manchebo Beach Resort provide a vacation experience as uncommon as the island itself....

Daily tours of the brewery are available with an open-aired bar and restaurant on the premises. Balashi Brewery / Tel. .592-2544 / 523-6544. Balashi Gardens open from 6:30AM - 4:00PM. Tours Monday - Friday.^ Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.

.There is also a Balashi logo store, with mostly t-shirts, and a few other things located on L.G. Smith Boulevard, right before the Harley shop and after the Caribbean Mercantile Bank.^ While I like the ambiance (it can best be described as Euro-Caribbean funky with a certain charm if you are into that sort of thing) others may find it a bit too funky.
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^ Caribbean Mercantile Bank ...

.Very easy to miss but worth a trip if you enjoyed the Balashi!^ Not worth the trip from the hotels but worth a late snack if you go to Baby Beach.
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There is also a drive-thru beverage store next door that is nifty.
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
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Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
  • Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, J.E. Irausquin Blvd.^ Now ONLY $154 Kids 12 and Under Stay and Eat FREE Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba -...
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    ^ Beachfront Palm Beach Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba Aruba $154: All Inclusive SAVE Up To 55% Reg $343 pp/pn .
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    ^ Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba .
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    #230
    , 011-297-58-63600, [47]. .Aruba is an island of contrast and culture with one outstanding feature: fun in the sun!^ Sunny moderate days, soft white sand and the rich island culture make Aruba an ideal place in the sun and there's no better place to enjoy the jewel of the Dutch Caribbean than ...

    ^ Every local interaction sheds light on Aruba’s official descriptions as ‘One happy island.” .

    ^ Aruba is also popular with honeymooners because of its " One Cool Honeymoon " features.

    .And the best place to enjoy this jewel of the Dutch Caribbean is the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in beautiful Palm Beach, Aruba.^ Enjoy the beach, enjoy the people, and enjoy Aruba at it's best.

    ^ Aruba Oranjestad,dutch Caribbean .
    • Aruba car hire, Aruba car rental from 29 USD Per day all inclusive 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC arubacar.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Where's the best snorkeling beach in Aruba?
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    .Whether your sport is para-sailing or pool lounging, the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba is the ultimate destination for action, entertainment, and romance.^ A comprehensive travel information site listing resorts, anemities, rates, maps and information galore about many Aruba resort destinations.

    ^ Whether you're an experienced offshore Pro, or your planning your first Deepsea Fishing trip on Aruba...

    ^ Aruba Hotel, Caribbean Town Beach Resort Aruba invites you to relax, let go and enjoy on your Aruba vacation!...

    A complimentary fitness center includes treadmills, bikes, universals, and free weights. .And when it’s time to retreat to the privacy and comfort of your guest room or suite, all of the lovely 600 rooms have everything to make your visit a pleasure, including in-room movies and voice mail.^ Recently transformed after an extensive revitalization, all guest rooms and suites have been upgraded, each featuring a private...
    • Aruba Vacation Packages - Apple Vacations - Vacations for Families, Weddings, Luxury, Groups, Golf, Honeymoons,Spa and more 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.applevacations.com [Source type: General]

    ^ No matter how you choose to spend your days, it's all included at Divi A...

    ^ You're welcome to explore ...to make everything 'Aruba' your own ...to find the perfect something, or nothing, to do.
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    The resort features six on-site restaurants and bars, theme nights with live entertainment, casino, shopping, children’s activities, and the Intermezzo Day Spa.
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Riu Palace Aruba
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Riu Palace Aruba
  • Riu Palace Aruba, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 79, Palm Beach, +2975863900, [48].^ Resort Choices Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Studios,1 & 2 BR suites Eagle Beach Aruba Marriott Beach Resort & Casino Palm Beach, "Luxury" Bucuti Beach Resort Beach Resort Eagle Beach Bushiri Beach Re...

    ^ Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino in Palm Beach stands within beautiful surroundings....

    ^ Beachfront Palm Beach Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba Aruba $154: All Inclusive SAVE Up To 55% Reg $343 pp/pn .
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    .The Riu Palace Aruba is beautifully designed and located right on Palm Beach, offering a most spectacular view of the Caribbean.^ Offering 1, 2, or 3-bedroom Palm Beach, Aruba villas just moments from the beach, enjoy the beautiful ocean all-day long or discover the luxurious outdoor pool with lazy river, and convenient fitness center.
    • Aruba Villas in Palm Beach: Marriott Aruba Palm Beach Villas - Aruba Beach Villa 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.marriott.com [Source type: General]

    ^ With the glittering white sand of Palm Beach spread out before it and turquoise Caribbean waters just beyond, the Aruba Surf Club, a Marriott Vacation Club® resort, welcomes you to an unforgettable vacation.
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    ^ Located below the hurricane belt, Aruba has perfect weather year-round making it one of the top choices for Caribbean Destination Weddings !

    .The wide expanse of soft, golden sand, virtually at its front door, invites you to enjoy the warm breeze wafting in from the ocean or enjoy swimming in one of the two fresh-water pools.  edit
  • Paradera Park Apartments [49], Paradera #203. Tel: +297 5823289/5823278, info@paraderapark-aruba.com.^ Fresh water swimming pool...

    ^ Deluxe studio apartments, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites on Aruba ...

    ^ All-Inclusive Overlooking the crystal blue waters and lush landscaped grounds, the Occidental Grand Aruba invites you to experience a new level...
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    .Paradera Park, locally referred to as the "Tropical Oasis", is a high quality, intimate and quiet resort with Deluxe Studio, 1-Bedroom, and 2-Bedroom Apartments centrally and conveniently located only a few carminutes from Oranjestad and the major beaches.^ Deluxe studio apartments, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites on Aruba ...

    ^ Eagle beach is much mellower, occupied by only a scattering of small, intimate hotels such as the Manchebo and the Bucuti Beach Resorts .

    ^ A budget motel on Aruba with studios and one bedroom apartments ...

    .Lush, tropical gardens, large swimming pool, spacious pooldeck with lounge chairs, cabanas and hammocks add to the tropical ambiance and comfort of Paradera Park's guests.^ Large, very private tropical gardens with bar-b-que, gazebo, hammock and caretaker's house.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    .All apartments completely furnished, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom h/c water, airco, telephone, cable tv, private terrace/balcony.^ Large fully equipped kitchen.
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    Complimentary in-room safe, WIFI internet connection and beachset. Daily housekeeping. .Winner Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best Hidden Gem Caribbean & Best Bargain Caribbean
  • Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, L. G. Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, 297 5 836000, [50].^ The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has undergone a $50 million makeover and features completely new guest rooms with...
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    ^ Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino .
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    ^ Aruba travel, Caribbean travel, Aruba resorts -- 4Aruba.com...

    checkin: 4PM; checkout: 12PM. .Luxurious Renaissance Marriott resort on a private 40-acre island paradise.^ Imagine a private 40-acre island with several white sandy beaches just a short boat ride away.

    ^ Resort Choices Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Studios,1 & 2 BR suites Eagle Beach Aruba Marriott Beach Resort & Casino Palm Beach, "Luxury" Bucuti Beach Resort Beach Resort Eagle Beach Bushiri Beach Re...

    .Features Aruba's only private beaches and the island's most exciting shopping, dining, casinos, shows and nightlife.  edit
  • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, L. G. Smith Boulevard 101, Palm Beach, Aruba, 297 5 869000 (fax: 297 5 206621), [51].^ Aruba most lush and luxurious resort.
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    ^ Beach Resorts and Suites, many with Casinos.

    ^ Palm Beach is the hub of the hotel action – with 6-7 high-rise resorts holding space on the palm lined beach.

    .Located right on Palm Beach, this resort is definitely one of the most luxuriant on the island.^ Aruba most lush and luxurious resort.
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    ^ Palm Beach is the hub of the hotel action – with 6-7 high-rise resorts holding space on the palm lined beach.

    ^ Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino in Palm Beach stands within beautiful surroundings....

    The Hotel itself (not its lower-tier affiliates the Surf Club and Ocean Club) is a solid four-star hotel. Recent renovations have made it more in line with the corporate Marriott image. .Spacious rooms with large private balconies to admire the Caribbean and tropical gardens.^ Large, very private tropical gardens with bar-b-que, gazebo, hammock and caretaker's house.
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    .The stretch of Palm Beach outside the hotel is great for scuba diving, snorkeling or just laying in the sun.^ Palm Beach is the hub of the hotel action – with 6-7 high-rise resorts holding space on the palm lined beach.

    ^ The snorkeling tours go to a number of places, so if you book one, don't book one that goes to Little Arrashi Beach, unless you just want the sailboat ride.
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    ^ Windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, tennis, swimming in our pool under the palm trees, relaxing in our Jacuzzi or whatever Caribbean fantasy you desire is either on our beach or close at hand.
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    Also great for relaxing is the lagoon-style pool that has a peaceful waterfall and swim-up bar. .Guests of the resort also have access to the spa facility at the Marriott Ocean Club.^ Marriott Aruba Ocean Club .
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    ^ Marriott's Ocean Club .
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    ^ Marriott's Aruba Surf Club, A Marriott Vacation Club® Resort .
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    .Connected to the hotel, the Stellaris Casino, the largest on the island, has good gaming and live entertainment.^ Eleven casinos and countless bars spread throughout the island and offer great gaming, tropical concoctions and the warm embrace of Aruban hospitality.

    ^ Table games, BINGO, live entertainment, & dining....

    For such an expansive property the whole resort has a very relaxing exotic atmosphere. .Stellaris Casino (at The Aruba Marriott) is the largest casino in Aruba.^ Resort Choices Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Studios,1 & 2 BR suites Eagle Beach Aruba Marriott Beach Resort & Casino Palm Beach, "Luxury" Bucuti Beach Resort Beach Resort Eagle Beach Bushiri Beach Re...

    .They have 30 table games, about 500 slot machines, a race and sports book and a live band every night.^ I can't get away with it every night soooo I take the family out when they insist.
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    ^ Table games, BINGO, live entertainment, & dining....

    Also, there is a giant projection TV which is great for watching the game. .The VIP Club offers comps and there is cash back for slot play.^ Horseback Riding - There are several stables that offer horseback riding either on the beach or in the back country.
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    .They have bingo 3 days per week.^ While they may go up by the same percentage the actual dollar amount per week is generally a lot less for the timeshare.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ From 5/1-10/31 rent is $2,450 per week ($350 per extra day) and $8,000 per month.
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    ^ Rent from 11/1-4/30 is $3,500 per week ($500 per extra day) and $11,500 per month.
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    One of the most popular on the island, though none have the payoffs found in Nevada casinos. .This property has recently undergone a $50 million upgrade.   edit
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba, J.E. Irausquin Blvd #85, Palm Beach, +011 297 586 1234 (fax: +011 297 586 1682), [52].^ Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino in Palm Beach stands within beautiful surroundings....

    ^ The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has undergone a $50 million makeover and features completely new guest rooms with...
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    ^ Aruba’s beaches are a beautiful tapestry of white sands, green palms and clear blue waters.

    .This is the only 5-star resort on the island.^ So it is only fitting that Aruba's Manchebo Beach Resort provide a vacation experience as uncommon as the island itself....

    .The recent renovation substantially improves the feel of being in the Carribean.  edit
  • The Westin Aruba Resort, J.E. Irausquin Blvd 77, 011 297 5 864466 (fax: 011 297 5 868217), [53].^ L. G. Smith Boulevard Palm Beach, Aruba Phone: 297 58 69000 Fax: 297 520 6227 Sales: 1 800 465 4213 Sales fax: 297 520 6227 .
    • Aruba Villas in Palm Beach: Marriott Aruba Palm Beach Villas - Aruba Beach Villa 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.marriott.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I recently moved to Aruba and have 13 weeks of timeshares available in 3 different resorts!

    ^ The Westin Aruba Resort .
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    .A nice island destination offering the charm of the Dutch Caribbean, a magnificent beach, glittering casino and a host of outdoor pleasures.  edit
  • Bucuti Beach Resort, L.G. Smith Boulevard #55B, 011-297-583-1100 (fax: 011-297-582-5272), [54].^ With the glittering white sand of Palm Beach spread out before it and turquoise Caribbean waters just beyond, the Aruba Surf Club, a Marriott Vacation Club® resort, welcomes you to an unforgettable vacation.
    • Aruba Villas in Palm Beach: Marriott Aruba Palm Beach Villas - Aruba Beach Villa 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.marriott.com [Source type: General]

    ^ From all inclusive luxury resorts to historic tours, Aruba offers visitors a wide variety of tropical activities in one of the Caribbean's most beautiful locations!
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    ^ L. G. Smith Boulevard Palm Beach, Aruba Phone: 297 58 69000 Fax: 297 520 6227 Sales: 1 800 465 4213 Sales fax: 297 520 6227 .
    • Aruba Villas in Palm Beach: Marriott Aruba Palm Beach Villas - Aruba Beach Villa 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC www.marriott.com [Source type: General]

    .Magnificent low-rise resort-hotel with private beach.^ Palm Beach is the hub of the hotel action – with 6-7 high-rise resorts holding space on the palm lined beach.

    ^ Eagle beach is much mellower, occupied by only a scattering of small, intimate hotels such as the Manchebo and the Bucuti Beach Resorts .

    ^ Is it because our resort hotel is located along Eagle Beach, the most gorgeous beach in Aruba?...

    .There is a bar on the beach where you can eat lunch as well as drink.^ Less fancy one F 7/ A 8/ S 7/$16 has seating on a deck and the outdoor bar by the beach also inside but the whole point is eating outside by the beach.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you leave your snorkeling or windsurfing gear on the beach, it will be there when you return.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    Beaches here are kept in very pristine condition. Just be aware that people under the age of 18 are not allowed at Bucuti Beach, leading to a very quiet and friendly atmosphere. There is a small gym facility outside in a hut (a few treadmills, bikes, and weights) which is generally empty and is free to use, as well as spa and massage treatments, and an outdoor pool near the restaurant. .Iguana population is a bit high here due to the laid back atmosphere compared to the high-rise area, so if you are staying on the first floor of the Tara suites, you might have a visitor or two on your patio, generally harmless though.^ High-rise hotel area.
    • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In Aruba you can bask on the beach with your friend or head out to enjoy world famous high winds of the Caribbean Sea.

    ^ Whether you're an experienced offshore Pro, or your planning your first Deepsea Fishing trip on Aruba...

    It must be said however, residents of the time share establishment next door might be a little rowdy at times. A better option if laying on the beach in peace is more your thing.
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Learn

.There are two private but IMED approved medical schools on the island that prepare students for practice in the United States.^ Educational institute on the island of Aruba located in the Caribbean for secondary school students in order to improve school results,to develop social skills, and to build self-esteem...

^ There is generally a shortage of two bedroom and larger units.
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

These are All Saints University of Medicine.
No permits are required to work.

Stay safe

.Aruba is generally a very safe place at any time of day or night.However, it would probably be wise to stay away from the area surrounding the Valero refinery on the southeast part of the island at night (in the words of a Valero employee, "you will get some undesirables down there at night").^ Town is safe night and day - really!
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

^ Sunny moderate days, soft white sand and the rich island culture make Aruba an ideal place in the sun and there's no better place to enjoy the jewel of the Dutch Caribbean than ...

^ What would it cost to rent an equivalent place at that time of year?
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

There is generally no reason for a tourist to go there at all anyway, so this likely will not be an issue.

Stay healthy

.The running water in Aruba is absolutely safe to drink; the island's desalination plant is the second largest in the world.^ With the world’s second largest saltwater purification plant, Aruba’s water is safe to drink straight from the tap.

^ Water - It comes from a desalinization plant and is pure and drinkable.
  • Aruba Beach House Fact Sheet 10 February 2010 11:38 UTC pages.prodigy.com [Source type: General]

^ Wonderfully clear waters open the marine world to snorkelers, while slowly descending beaches create a safe haven for children and other aqua endeavors.

It is referred to as "Sweet Water" because it is very good.

Respect

Nature is very cherished by the Aruban people. .18% of their island is dedicated to the Arikok National Park [55].^ Aruba's Arikok National Park is a model demonstrating how the demands of a tourist economy can be balanced with the goal of preserving natural, cultural and historic resources.

^ The Arikok Park comprises nearly 20% of the island and boasts 48 types of native trees and a myriad of animal species.

^ Arikok National Park - Aruba...

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Aruba
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Aruba
  1. An autonomous territory in the Caribbean, part of the Netherlands.

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Bosnian

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Aruba f.
  1. Aruba

Norwegian

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  • IPA: /ɑɾʉːbɑ/

Proper noun

Aruba
  1. Aruba

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  1. Aruba

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