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Belonging to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the island of Aruba is the perfect place to forget all your troubles and relax on one of the many world-famous beaches. Since the island is only 20 miles across and six miles wide, you have the luxury of exploring every inch of the 70 square miles with no trouble. The best part is that, with so much sand and water, finding one of the hotels in Aruba on the beach is easier than finding gold in the historic mines.
Aruba has a rich history, starting with the native Caquetio Indians who first inhabited the island. Many of Aruba's towns still carry these Indian names today. After exchanging hands a few times, Aruba came to settle with the Dutch, who mined the hills for gold. When mining was no longer profitable, tourism became the main attraction since Aruba's stunning beaches have especially diverse aquatic life and golden sands. When you want to step away from the Aruba beach hotels, catch a public bus or taxi. To be one with nature, rent a scooter to explore for the day. Aruba has more intriguing landscapes beyond just beautiful beaches.
Rarely do you think of a tropical island having a desert, but Aruba has just that. To view some spectacular rock formations, head to Arikok National Park in the island's interior. Traveling with children? Try some freshwater fun at Aquaventure Waterpark Aruba. When it's time to tuck the kids in bed at one of the Aruba hotels near the beach and head out for the night, this island boasts some of the best beach dining. There are multiple restaurants to choose from that have open-air seating right on the sand or pier.
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