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Guaranteed Sunshine: Aruba

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An October 2002 trip to Aruba by jenandfrank

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino  Photo, Aruba, Caribbean More Photos
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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino  Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Aruba Marriott Resort - L.G. Smith Blvd. 101, Palm Beach, Aruba – 800/223-6388. This is located 7 miles southeast of the Queen Beatrix Airport and is about a $20 cab ride. It is much nicer then most people give it credit for – it is usually the second choice for people traveling here, second only to the Hyatt (although I can’t figure out why). Featuring over 400 rooms, 20 suites, 4 restaurants, 2 tennis courts, an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, salon, health club, dive shop, casino, and so much more, this is the place to stay while in Aruba. With an ideal beachfront location, but towards the end of the hotel "strip," this hotel offers immaculate surroundings and more privacy than any o...Read More
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Tuscany – Aruba Marriott Resort, L.G. Smith Blvd. 101, Palm Beach, 297-586-9000 Tuscany serves regional Italian food, focusing on specialty dishes from Florence. The very elegant décor includes lots of candles, statues, chandeliers, light woods, etched-glass windows, fresh flowers, and heavy draperies. Soft piano music in the background and an extensive wine list make for a special evening. The service here was helpful to a fault and top-notch all around. Dressy casual attire and reservations are a must. Although there were plenty of children at the hotel, there were barely any in here. I would imagine that has something to do with the higher-priced meals (as opposed to the beach grill) and the ...Read More

Natural Bridge & Bushiribana Ruins

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Natural Bridge Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The Natural Bridge - This is probably (sad to say) one of Aruba’s biggest attractions and one of the most photographed areas on the island. It is also the Caribbean’s highest and most dramatic coral structure. The Natural Bridge is a large rock formation created after centuries of waves naturally carved out a "bridge" on the coastline. The bridge spans two land masses on the Eastern coast of Aruba. Made completely of coral-limestone and created solely by the water’s movement, this strip is 100 feet wide and 23 feet tall. People refer to the bridge as a natural wonder—to me, it was more of an interesting accident. The area surrounding the bridge is dark dirt with crater-looking areas and bu...Read More

Casibari Rock Formations & Natural Pool

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Casibari Rock Formations Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Casibari Rock Formations - This is ranked the second most popular tourist spot, after the Natural Bridge. Take Tanki Highway 4A to Ayo via Route 6A; watch for the turnoff signs near the center of the island on the way to the windward side (just north of Hooiberg). This area is filled with huge boulders, some of which weigh several tons and feature peculiar forms created by the eternal trade winds. Some people say that the boulders look like animals—that, I didn’t see. Geologists are uncertain about their origins, but they think that a collision of the tectonic plates forced the massive slabs to the surface. The limestone steps surrounding them are signs of the changing water levels of the Carib...Read More

Aruba - Notes & Thoughts

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Aruba Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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"One Happy Island" is the motto here, on an island that is only 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, with a population of fewer than 90,000. Located right off the coast of Venezuela (17 miles north), Aruba is a Dutch island with beautiful beaches, overly friendly people, and incredible weather. Because it’s located out of the hurricane belt, Aruba receives the least amount of rain in all of the Caribbean, and it’s average year-round temperature is generally 85 degrees. It’s predominantly a desert-like kind of an island, where cactus grow out of rocks towering 20 feet or higher. Languages spoken here are Dutch, Papiamento, English, and Spanish. The dollar is accepted everywhere, but their local currency...Read More