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Aruba: Five Local Favorites on One Happy Island

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The 19-mile-long island of Aruba packs in a fascinating array of experiences. The west side, including Palm Beach, is abuzz with hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. And water activities like snorkeling and kite surfing mostly set out from these beaches. The north of the island is just the opposite—rugged and wild—while the southeastern city of San Nicolas pulses to a Carubbian beat. There are countless ways to find happiness on Aruba; here are five local favorites to get you started.
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An air of mystery hangs over this site on the island's cacti-laced interior. A series of boulders are piled high in a cluster—somewhat Stonehenge-like. Trails weave among the enormous stones, which are believed to have been formed...

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Eagle Beach, Aruba
It’s no wonder this pristine stretch of northwest coast is widely considered the best in the Caribbean—its powdery white sands and clear waters are the stuff of picture-perfect screen savers. Lined with a series of low-slung hotels,...
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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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Legend has it that Aruba was named “oro ruba” (red gold) by the first adventurers who landed here. It took a few hundred years until gold was actually found in 1824, but then mining quickly got underway. On the rugged northern coast, Bushiribana...
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San Nicolas, Aruba
Known as the Sunrise City for its location at Aruba’s southeastern tip, San Nicolas has rich multicultural roots. The streets are full of art and the sounds of Caribbean music, like calypso and tumba—especially during the Carubbian Festival held...