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12 Reasons We Love Aruba

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Aruba has plenty to keep you busy: Wander the pretty old town of Oranjestad; chill out on gorgeous Palm Beach; explore the caves, coves, old gold mines, and rugged, windswept terrain of Arikok National Wildlife Park; or spend all your nickels and dimes in the glitzy Stellaris Casino. With world-class hotels and some of the Caribbean's finest restaurants, Aruba is the escape you didn't realize you were looking for.
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The renowned two-mile-long strip known as Palm Beach is home to Aruba's high-rise hotels and dotted by water sports concessions, piers, beach bars, restaurants and shops. Arguably, it's the epicenter for much of the island's tourist activities,...
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San Fuego 70, Santa Cruz, Aruba
My first taste of the Caribbean was not a rummy cocktail or a fried plantain: It was a blast of salty dirt, delivered to my face when I stood up in the back of a Jeep as we rattled up Aruba’s hardscrabble east coast. My friend Will and I...
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Savaneta 344, Savaneta, Aruba
Imagine dining right on the beach, toes in the water, under swaying palm trees along a perfect little crescent bay in Savaneta, Aruba’s charming fisherman’s town. Add a fine selection of delicious fresh seafood, an extensive wine list, and...
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Aruba has as many sporting options as all other Caribbean destinations combined. Many hotels work with outfitters like Red Sail Sports to arrange excellent activities for visitors, including snorkeling and scuba, horseback trips, wakeboarding,...
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L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Noord, Aruba
Size is king at this massive Palm Beach resort, which boasts supersize offerings including the largest casino in Aruba, with more than 500 slot machines and 26 gaming tables, as well as the island’s largest spa, with treatments that range...
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Arashi Beach, Noord, Aruba
A trip to Aruba demands at least one snorkeling excursion. Take a trip to Arashi Beach and spy the California Lighthouse, where the sea plays host to the wreck of the Antilla, a 400-foot German freighter. Red Sail Sports offers full- and half-day...
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Eagle Beach, Aruba
When you and your crew need a day out of the sun, make a visit to Aruba Fun City, an amusement park featuring a labyrinth, climbing wall, playground, air-hockey tables, and more. Palm Beach Dream Bowl features eight glowing lanes, an arcade, and...
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Atlantis Submarine Expeditions takes guests deep into the blue—up to 130 feet, in fact—in a cutting-edge submersible called the SubSeeker, a perfect way to view shipwrecks, coral fields, tropical fish, and the odd sea monster. The Seaworld...
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The National Archaeological Museum of Aruba may be small, but it offers a big overview of the island's history by way of a collection that includes a skeleton which is thousands of years old, ancient Carib artifacts, and more. The oldest building...