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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 Track Signs Multi-Year Agreement

In an exotic setting that's just 23 miles from the capital city of Oranjestad, the top racing facility in the Caribbean features a 1/4-mile drag strip and attracts over 30,000 spectators annually with an island population of less than 105,000 inhabitants. The track's marquee event, One Cool Summer, is an annual fundraising event which brings local and international racers together every August.

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And, according to the managing director of award-winning Cardiff company Passion for Cruises, there are some good deals to be had. "Due to the terrible hurricanes experienced this September, it's fantastic news that many of the islands are making a very strong recovery," said Steve Cartwright.

Tropical Netherlands

The facade of the large mall Royal Plaza on the seafront of Oranjestad, the small capital of the island of Aruba. An architecture that evokes with these gables that of the Netherlands as on the edge of the Amsterdam canals, for example ... but with a touch of local, very Caribbean with this candy pink hue.