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Aruba Natural Rock Bridge
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Aruba is an island in the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Venezuela that was discovered and claimed by Spain in 1499. Then this dry Caribbean island changed hands to the Dutch and became part of the Netherlands Antilles.

Aruba seceded from the Netherland Antilles and became it's own self governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1986. So now the ruler of the Netherlands is still technically in charge of Aruba but the Aruban people hand all their own affairs.

Aruba's major industry has been tourism for many years, but the island has also gone through a gold rush and oil rush period in its history.

The majority of tourists who flock to Aruba year round to enjoy the white sand beaches and constant low 80's weather come from the USA, Europe, and the United Kingdom.


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Aruba Beach Picture

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Since Aruba went through a gold rush, period of oil driven riches, and a tourism boom, the country has one of the highest standards of living in all of the Caribbean. This has led to very friendly locals and a low incidence of crime. The Aruban people truly appreciate the tourists which just one reason of many for the island's popularity.
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Aruba Sunset Picture
The official language of Aruba is supposed to be Dutch but the more widely spoken unofficial language is "Papamiento" which is composed of Portuguese and is a sort of Creole language. Most Arubans also speak Spanish, and English so most travelers should be able to easily communicate with the island's residents.
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Some of the most popular and well known attractions on the Caribbean Island of Aruba are the Natural Pool, the Eagle and Palm Beaches, Lourdes Grotto, Frenchman's Pass, Arikok National Park and the California Lighthouse.


 

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