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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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Bones found in Aruba are not those of Natalee Holloway

Skeletal remains found in Aruba are not those of Natalee Holloway, who vanished 12 years ago while on a graduation trip with her Mountain Brook classmates. Her father, Dave Holloway, and private investigator T.J. Ward in August said an 18-month investigation led them to bone fragments that were undergoing DNA testing to determine if they belonged to Natalee Holloway.

An Insider's Guide to Aruba's Palm Beach, Presented by Hyatt Regency Aruba

Nestled nearly four miles northwest of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, is Palm Beach, a tourism district that is home to some of the island's best shopping, dining, entertainment, and sugary white sand beaches that line the shore of the Caribbean Sea. From where to stay to where to dine, our guide to Palm Beach offers a look into experiencing the very best of Aruba for the discerning traveler.