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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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Caribbean spring break: Ideas, prices, post-hurricane news says the most popular Caribbean destinations for spring break are Montego Bay, Jamaica, $479 round-trip; in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, $500 round-trip, and Punta Cana, $569 round-trip; Nassau in the Bahamas, $612 round-trip, and Oranjestad, Aruba, $567 round-trip. In the Bahamas, Baha Mar, a new resort complex in Nassau, includes the SLS Baha Mar and Grand Hyatt Baha Mar hotels, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, the Caribbean's largest casino and an ESPA spa.

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Best known beaches in Aruba are Eagle Beach and Palm Beach on the nortwest coast. My favourite was actually the narrow strip of sand just east of the Oranjestad city centre .

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Tram line of Oranjestad was opened in 2012. The main purpose of this charge free line is obviously to take cruise ship passengers from the port to the main shopping street of Oranjestad.