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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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Featuring a series of boulders that appear to have been gathered, piled, and deliberately set across a few square miles of desert, this site carries a certain air of mystery. Scientists remain baffled about the geological event that could have...
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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
A classic fish house in the sleepy village of Savaneta, Zeerover is all about fresh, Aruban-style seafood. Cooled by ocean breezes, the spot may feel like a bit of a dive to some, but its fish comes straight from the sea—in fact, you can...
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This former mill in the northern part of Aruba hints at the island’s relatively unknown gold rush. First discovered in 1824, gold remained an important Aruban industry until around 1916, with the island producing more than 3 million pounds...
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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...