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Aruba with its seemingly endless supply of white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters, is one of the more popular Caribbean destinations for many sun-worshipers and cruise-ship passengers.  Aruba is 15 miles north of Venezuela and only 18 miles wide.  Over one million visitors a year come to this tiny island to indulge in its luxurious beachside resorts, elegant restaurants, 24-hour casinos, shops and boutiques.

Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636.  The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries.  A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry.  Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

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Divi Divi tree on Eagle Beach Aruba
Divi Divi tree on Eagle Beach Aruba

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Aruba Hosts Caribbean's Largest Vow Renewal

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 8, 2017 : As the sun set on the romantic island of Aruba, Tuesday, Aug. 8, hundreds of lovebirds gathered on the world-famous Eagle Beach to simultaneously renew their I Do's. The chic evening attracted 160+ couples and guests from around the globe - eager to participate in the Caribbean's largest vow renewal ceremony.