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Aruba, off the Beaten Path

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Amongst the places I have visited lately, Aruba stands out through its warm and welcoming people. Even before setting foot on the island, I had made friends through introductions. People I had never met looked forward to my visit, and told me so. I spent much time on the island with one of my new friends, exploring. Some of our adventures, such as the sunrise hike to the Natural Pool, were new for her, too. Here's to new friends in new destinations–because that's what travel is all about.
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There are a number of spectacular caves to visit in Aruba, including Guadirikiri, Huliba and Fontein, all located in the Arikok National Park.

Fontein is known for its multitude of geometric and zoomorphic (animal) cave drawings, created by...
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Bakval 20, Noord, Aruba
Aruba’s Palm Beach is known for its gorgeous white sand and tranquil blue waters—and sprawling full-service luxury resorts. While steps from the famed beach, this intimate property owned and operated by Belgian twin sisters Stephanie...
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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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Wilhelminastraat 64, Oranjestad, Aruba
Eethuis De Suikertuin (Sugar Garden) is named for the sugar loving 'buiki heel' (yellow belly) birds that dip in and out of the back patio. It's a charming place for breakfast and lunch, that serves up good, local, dutch-influenced fare.

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Bucutiweg 50, Oranjestad, Aruba
On my last day on the happy island, I discovered the perfect, utterly romantic place to have dinner and drinks, and watch the sun go down.

Amuse Sunset Restaurant is family owned and run. Chef Patrick runs the kitchen, and his wife Ivette the...