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Amazing Aruba - One Happy Island

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"One Happy Island" - that is the Aruba's tagline. That sounds like my kind of place. The more I discover, the more I want to explore this little island in the Caribbean full of character, good food and beautiful beaches.
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Gold was discovered in Aruba in 1824, more than twenty years before the California Gold Rush! Three million pounds of the precious ore have been extracted in Aruba over the years. Explore gold mill ruins like the ones at Bushiribana, and perhaps...
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Gasparito 3 Noord, Noord, Aruba
Authentic Aruban cuisine and art are both on the menu at this unique eatery. Keshi Yena, Kerry Kerry, and Goat Stoba are just a few of the goodies served amid a warm, family-style setting and whimsical art created by Gasparito’s own in-house...
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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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Zeewijk 68, San Nicolas, Aruba
After visiting a Peruvian restaurant in Oranjestad recommended by an Afar traveler, we were advised to take a trip out to San Nicolas. Hopping on public transit we made our way to this town where we thought we would find Baby Beach however San...
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Noord Cura Cabai 2a, Savaneta, Aruba
The Old Man and the Sea in Savaneta is an ideal place for a romantic island dining experience, amid the 'clicking palms,' overlooking the water. Feel the sand beneath your feet, and listen to the waves gently lapping the shoreline as you enjoy a...
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Conchi, Santa Cruz, Aruba
With UTVs and Jeep Tours by the dozen, one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the natural beauty of Aruba's rugged landscape is on horseback. Founded in 2012, Rancho Loco is a full working ranch and farm that offers several different tour...
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Savaneta, Aruba
Zeerovers is the restaurant people come to when they want to eat truly traditional Aruba cuisine. It is always full of locals, so you know it has to be good! The small restaurant sits directly on the water and serves the freshest fish (and drinks)...
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Pos Chikito, Aruba
Mangel Halto is located in Pos Chiquito on the southeast coast just south of the Spanish Lagoon. This is the perfect spot whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or even if you just want a nice spot to watch the sun set. This Caribbean...
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Washington 61 Noord, Noord, Aruba
Papiamento could very well be Aruba’s most romantic restaurant—the whole place has a dreamy fairytale quality and they serve the best local fare. In the lush garden, trickling pools greet you and create a sense of serenity. The space is decidedly...
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Santa Cruz, Aruba
Turquoise waters and reclusive snorkeling conditions sound both ideal and cliched, but Mike's Reef in Aruba offers that definitive postcard-worthy aquatic experience. "My father started Tranquilo Aruba in 1977," says the son of founder Captain...
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Renaissance Island, Aruba
Aruba is not known so much for its flamingos as for its beaches and aloe. But you'll find these beautiful pink birds on Renaissance Island, which is owned by the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in the capital city, Oranjestad. While the city...
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San Nicolas, Aruba
Given Aruba’s love for Carnival, it's no surprise San Nicolas residents stage and celebrate a colorful, cultural Caribbean Festival every Thursday night. Imagine pop-up tents featuring fruit smoothies, street food, hand-crafted treasures, colorful...
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Savaneta 270, Savaneta, Aruba
Enjoy fresh seafood right from the source at this local spot in Savaneta, a seaside town that was once the capital of Aruba. Enjoy a cold Chill beer as you wait on line. The menu, in both Papiamento and English is simple. Once it's your turn, be...
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San Nicolas, Aruba
Located southeast of Cabez Reef, Serito is a well-kept secret in the local Aruban diving community. It’s accessible only by private charter, and only after haranguing those in the know—the locals who like to keep it to themselves to ensure that...
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San Fuego 70, Santa Cruz, Aruba
Aruba has the cleanest, most inviting beaches one could ask for. The warm weather and cool breezes are just some of the many reasons this island continues to enthrall all who visit. Although the island is small, the terrain is quite diverse. We...
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 230, Noord, Aruba
Uncommon bars like Charlie’s and the Palm Beach nightclubs make it easy to overdo it in Aruba. The cure: Moomba’s Caribbean Pirate. This hangover-killing mix of spiced rum, brown cane sugar, Red Bull, lime and pineapple juice helps you rejuvenate...
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Avenida Alo Tromp 8, Oranjestad, Aruba
Drinking local in Aruba means enjoying Balashi. Aruba’s first and only homegrown brew, Balashi is named for the Arawak Indian terms Bala Bala or Balana, both of which mean “by the sea.” Fitting as nothing quenches a thirst better on a hot day...
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Bernard van de Veen Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
One of the world’s most legendary bars, Charlie’s opened in 1941 appealing to rowdy sailors who spread its fame in ports across the globe. The good times here are much tamer these days as friendly locals and visitors in search of the real Aruba...
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Hooiberg, Oranjestad, Aruba
An easy adventure for the whole family, Hooiberg (with an elevation of 541 feet) is the third largest peak on mostly flat Aruba. You don’t so much hike it as you climb the 562 concrete steps that lead to her summit. Panoramic views all the way to...
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Noord, Aruba
Since 1890, Aruba Aloe has produced the world’s finest aloe products. Their legendarily gentle and soothing lotions and moisturizers are 100% Aruban, cultivated and produced on a 150-acre factory and plantation complete with a museum well worth...
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Casibari, Aruba
Just north of Hooiberg you’ll find a series of boulders so seemingly out of place you’ll swear they must’ve fallen from the sky. Amerindians were so taken by them they considered the area sacred, leaving ancient carvings in the rocks that you can...
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Lloyd G. Smith Blvd 9 Suite 17, Oranjestad, Aruba
Hand crafted Mopa Mopa masks and figurines can be found at markets and art shops around Aruba. Artisans create the colorful, metallic overlays on each piece by boiling leaf buds in an old Amerindian tradition and stretching them into place with...
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Aruba is small enough that serious cyclists can pedal around the entire island in a single day, though those who prefer to take it easy—and families with young kids—will appreciate the exotic terrain, easy trails, and multitude of beach breaks....