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Ruba Rent a Car | Car Rental Aruba
Ruba Rent A Car. On the beautiful Island of Aruba, for great service, very competitive rental rates and safe, reliable, and comfortable vehicles, it's Ruba Rent A Car. Ruba features a great selection of vehicles from Economy Cars and Compact Sports cars to Full Sized Sport Utility Vehicles and 8 or 12 Passenger Vans.

The cool factor: Their free shuttles are wheelchair friendly!
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www.rubarent-aruba.com | (297) 583.1020, (297) 583.1020 |

Casa Del Mar Beach Resort | Beach Resort & Timeshare in Aruba
Casa del Mar Beach Resort makes the most of its oceanfront location on Aruba's Eagle Beach and is one of those rare Caribbean resorts that is able to please everyone. World famous for it's beautiful white sandy beach and gorgeous blue-green Caribbean water, the resort is ideal for family vacations, a romantic honeymoon, water sports or just a relaxing getaway.

The cool factor: Beach, Tennis, Pool, Restaurant, Family
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www.casadelmar-aruba.com | (297) 582-7000 | uan E. Irausquin Boulevard # 51, Oranjestad, Aruba

Fiberworx (FX) Surf Shop | Surfboards, Kites, Boards, Bikes in ARUBA
Fiberworx is Aruba's number one surfshop. If you ever need any kind of mountain bike, board, sail, kite, or need to pimp up your gear, Fiberworx is the place to get it. They will help you choose the best product and give you professional advice about all our products.

The cool factor: They can pimp up your ride
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www.ArubaSurfShop.com | | Rooi Santo 28 Oranjestad Aruba

Aruba Active Vacations | Kitesurf, Windsurf, Stand Up Paddleboard in ARUBA
Aruba Active Vacations Windsurfing, landsailing, mountain biking, Stand up Paddle boarding and snorkeling is what Aruba Active Vacations has to offer. If your idea of a good time is a combination of relaxing and actively exploring one of the most exotic corners on earth, you have come to the right place! At Aruba Active Vacations you will find a beach hideout with shade, music, fresh water shower, drinks and the right crew and equipment to have an Active Vacation! www.Aruba-Active-Vacations.com

The cool factor: Most affordable rentals in the Caribbean
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www.aruba-active-vacations.com | | Fisherman's Huts, North of Palm Beach, Aruba

Aruba HI WINDS | Windsurfing & Kitesurfing Annual Competition in ARUBA
The 31th edition of Aruba Hi-Winds will be held on July 04-10, 2017. Check out the RACE SCHEDULE and NOTICE OF RACE on the website. Be sure to make your travel arrangements and accommodation bookings in time! Don't miss the fun!

The cool factor: It's Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
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www.hiwindsaruba.com | | Palm Beach, Aruba

Vela Aruba | Surf Center & Surf Shop in ARUBA
Vela Aruba Surf Center & Surf Shop, located on L.G. Smith Blvd 101 (between Marriott & Ritz Carlton) Noord, Aruba. Join them for professional Kiteboarding, windsurfing lessons, stand up paddle boarding or SUP yoga or fitness training. They always have the best instructors and gear on the island. Aruba's flat turquoise waters and constant wind make this a Kitesurfing and windsurfing paradise. Opening hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Check out their new website or email them at info@velaaruba.com

The cool factor: What's NOT cool about standing on a board?
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www.velaaruba.com | (297) 586 3735 | L.G. Smith Blvd 101 (between Marriott & Ritz Carlton) Noord

Liz Strauss | Pianist | Singer | Entertainer
Liz Strauss (Rocker Royale) is a professional piano entertainer. She regularly performs and do shows on cruise ships, restaurants in the Caribbean and 5 star hotels around the world. Liz was born into a musical family, and holds two university degrees - one for music and a masters in journalism. "I see piano entertainment as an extension of myself and have a deep passion for interacting with a live audience".

The cool factor: Plays everything from Mozart to Metallica
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gandor.tv | Web Production & Social Media Caribbean
gandor.tv specializes in creating, managing and promoting websites in the Caribbean. They are known for their customer service, fast response, e-commerce, booking systems and social media. They are the creators of www.CoolestCarib.Com.

The cool factor: Maintenance package ensures your website always works, always looks good and always attains high search engine rankings.
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www.gandor.tv | +1 (340) 514-3963 | Caribbean

Aruba Active Vacations | Kitesurf, Windsurf, Stand Up Paddleboard in ARUBA
Aruba Active Vacations Windsurfing, landsailing, mountain biking, Stand up Paddle boarding and snorkeling is what Aruba Active Vacations has to offer. If your idea of a good time is a combination of relaxing and actively exploring one of the most exotic corners on earth, you have come to the right place! At Aruba Active Vacations you will find a beach hideout with shade, music, fresh water shower, drinks and the right crew and equipment to have an Active Vacation! www.Aruba-Active-Vacations.com

The cool factor: Most affordable rentals in the Caribbean
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www.aruba-active-vacations.com | | Fisherman's Huts, North of Palm Beach, Aruba

Aruba HI WINDS | Windsurfing & Kitesurfing Annual Competition in ARUBA
The 31th edition of Aruba Hi-Winds will be held on July 04-10, 2017. Check out the RACE SCHEDULE and NOTICE OF RACE on the website. Be sure to make your travel arrangements and accommodation bookings in time! Don't miss the fun!

The cool factor: It's Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
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www.hiwindsaruba.com | | Palm Beach, Aruba

Aruba Tourism | Tourism
Aruba. Our white-sand beaches, cooling trade winds and warm, friendly people are just a few reasons why so many people return to Aruba year after year.

The cool factor: It's the happy island!
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Casa Del Mar Beach Resort | Beach Resort & Timeshare in Aruba
Casa del Mar Beach Resort makes the most of its oceanfront location on Aruba's Eagle Beach and is one of those rare Caribbean resorts that is able to please everyone. World famous for it's beautiful white sandy beach and gorgeous blue-green Caribbean water, the resort is ideal for family vacations, a romantic honeymoon, water sports or just a relaxing getaway.

The cool factor: Beach, Tennis, Pool, Restaurant, Family
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www.casadelmar-aruba.com | (297) 582-7000 | uan E. Irausquin Boulevard # 51, Oranjestad, Aruba

Fiberworx (FX) Surf Shop | Surfboards, Kites, Boards, Bikes in ARUBA
Fiberworx is Aruba's number one surfshop. If you ever need any kind of mountain bike, board, sail, kite, or need to pimp up your gear, Fiberworx is the place to get it. They will help you choose the best product and give you professional advice about all our products.

The cool factor: They can pimp up your ride
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www.ArubaSurfShop.com | | Rooi Santo 28 Oranjestad Aruba

gandor.tv | Web Production & Social Media Caribbean
gandor.tv specializes in creating, managing and promoting websites in the Caribbean. They are known for their customer service, fast response, e-commerce, booking systems and social media. They are the creators of www.CoolestCarib.Com.

The cool factor: Maintenance package ensures your website always works, always looks good and always attains high search engine rankings.
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www.gandor.tv | +1 (340) 514-3963 | Caribbean

Liz Strauss | Pianist | Singer | Entertainer
Liz Strauss (Rocker Royale) is a professional piano entertainer. She regularly performs and do shows on cruise ships, restaurants in the Caribbean and 5 star hotels around the world. Liz was born into a musical family, and holds two university degrees - one for music and a masters in journalism. "I see piano entertainment as an extension of myself and have a deep passion for interacting with a live audience".

The cool factor: Plays everything from Mozart to Metallica
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Ruba Rent a Car | Car Rental Aruba
Ruba Rent A Car. On the beautiful Island of Aruba, for great service, very competitive rental rates and safe, reliable, and comfortable vehicles, it's Ruba Rent A Car. Ruba features a great selection of vehicles from Economy Cars and Compact Sports cars to Full Sized Sport Utility Vehicles and 8 or 12 Passenger Vans.

The cool factor: Their free shuttles are wheelchair friendly!
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www.rubarent-aruba.com | (297) 583.1020, (297) 583.1020 |

Vela Aruba | Surf Center & Surf Shop in ARUBA
Vela Aruba Surf Center & Surf Shop, located on L.G. Smith Blvd 101 (between Marriott & Ritz Carlton) Noord, Aruba. Join them for professional Kiteboarding, windsurfing lessons, stand up paddle boarding or SUP yoga or fitness training. They always have the best instructors and gear on the island. Aruba's flat turquoise waters and constant wind make this a Kitesurfing and windsurfing paradise. Opening hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm. Check out their new website or email them at info@velaaruba.com

The cool factor: What's NOT cool about standing on a board?
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www.velaaruba.com | (297) 586 3735 | L.G. Smith Blvd 101 (between Marriott & Ritz Carlton) Noord


Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean Sea just north of Venezuela. View Map. Famous for its white-sand beaches, cooling trade winds, friendly people and water sports. Book Here

Top 10 Things - Random Order

1. Water sports on Palm Beach i.e.: Vela Aruba, they offer rentals and lessons on kitesurf, windsurf, kayak or SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard). 2.Visit Eagle beach, known as "Low-Rise area" for its low-to-the-ground hotels and timeshares, and go for a meal or drinks at a beach bar (literally on the beach) i.e.: Matthews at Casa Del Mar. 3.Visit the donkey sanctuary or ostrich farm. 4. Catamaran Snorkeling Tours. 5.Spend time with Flamingos on the private island of Renaissance - they sell day passes.

6.Arikok National Park 7.California Lighthouse - It's FREE! 8. Natural Pool - nature at its best) 9. Beach / Snorkel Horseback Ride 10.Stroll downtown and get the inside scoop directly from locals.

Looking for a resort located between downtown and Palm Beach, not that expensive nor cheap? Check out Casa Del Mar Aruba Resort & Timeshare. Cruise ships passengers stop here for shopping, dining and adventure tours.

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FUN FACTS OF ARUBA

Nationality
Aruban
Size
It measures 32 kilometres (20 mi) long from its northwestern to its southeastern end and 10 kilometres (6 mi) across at its widest point. 179 km2 (69.1 sq mi).
Geography
Aruba is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, located about 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) west of the Lesser Antilles and 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela. (wikipedia.org)
Population
102,911 inhabitants (2013 estimate)
Currency & Credit Cards
Euros are still not widely accepted but can be easily exchanged at a local bank for Aruban Florins.
Government
Unitary parliamentary representative democracy under constitutional monarchy.
Capital

Oranjestad: 12°31' N 70°2' W

Other Cities

Paradera, San Nicolas, Noord, Santa Cruz, Savaneta

Time Zone

AST (UTC-4)

Drives on the

Right

Calling Code
+ 297
Animals
The island, mainly the rocky southern part, is the only place where one finds the venomous Aruba Island Rattlesnake. It is critically endangered with less than 250 vipers left in the world and also illegal to export. Also found here are Cottontail Rabbits, wild donkeys, goats, sheep, iguanas, variety of lizards (including the Pega Pega, cousins to the gecko with tiny suction pads on their feet which allow them to walk practically anywhere. They are one of the last remaining prehistoric species who have eluded extinction and have extremely loud voices), pelicans and bats.
Food
A lot of Latin American cuisine is found in Aruba, ayaca is a dish of beef, pork, or chicken mixed with raisins, capers, and olives and wrapped in cornmeal dough, all folded within plantain leaves, tied with strings, and boiled or steamed afterwards. Served during the Christmas holiday. Ponche crema is a Trinidadian and Venezuelan cream-based liqueur. Recipes vary depending on the region, but main ingredients typically include milk, eggs, sugar, rum, and other minor ingredients such as vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon rind. Typical Dutch food also abound, like bitterballen and fritters. Typical side dishes in Aruba are funchi (corn polenta) or pan bati (pancakes/smashed bread).
Plants
The trademark Divi Divi Tree or Watapana Tree always points in a southwesterly direction, due to the trade winds that blow across the island from the north-east. Attempts to plant this 'compass' tree in other parts of the world have proved unsuccessful. Also found - Mondis (forests of cacti). Despite its arid climate, Aruba has Magdalena, similar to Impatiens found in the Eastern US, but which survive with very little water. Their purple and white flowers blossom all year round. Also widespread are Caribbean Pines, a variety of Hibiscus as well as Bougainvilleas, Wild Orchids and other cacti, vines, shrubs and trees.
Lingo

Dutch and Papiemento/Papiamentu, which is the widely spoken on the Caribbean ABC islands (Aruba Bonaire and Curaçao) where it has official status as the native language. The language is also recognized on Bonaire by the Dutch government.

Papiamento is derived from African and Portuguese languages with some influences from American Indian languages English, Dutch and Spanish (mostly Spanish). Papiamento has two main dialects: Papiamento, spoken primarily on Aruba; and Papiamentu, spoken on Curaçao. The Bonaire variety, while not considered a dialect, is known as Papiamen.

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Religion

81% Roman Catholic

Sovereign State

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Legislature

Estates of Aruba

Autonomy

From the Netherlands Antilles on 1 January 1986

Climate

Tropical semi-arid climate. Mean monthly temperature in Oranjestad varies little from 26.7 °C (80.1 °F) to 29.2 °C (84.6 °F). Constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean, comes from north-east. Yearly rainfall hardly exceeds 470 mm (18.5 in) in Oranjestad.

Brief History

Aruba's first inhabitants were from the Arawak tribe, who migrated there from Venezuela to escape attacks by the Caribs. Parts of the earliest known Indian settlements date back to 1000 AD. Europeans first learned of Aruba following the explorations for Spain by Amerigo Vespucci and Alonso de Ojeda in 1499. Both learned of it from natives of nearby islands and described Aruba as an "island of giants", remarking on the comparatively large stature of the native Caquetíos, compared to Europeans. Gold was discovered on Aruba 300 years later. Vespucci visited Spain with stocks of cotton and brazilwood from the island and described houses built into the sea. Vespucci and Ojeda's tales spurred interest, and Spaniards soon colonized the island.

Because it had low rainfall, no plantations were developed and slave trading was minimal. Aruba was colonized by Spain for over a century. In 1508, the Spanish Crown appointed Alonso de Ojeda as its first Governor of Aruba, as part of Nueva Andalucía. Another Spanish governor appointed was Juan Martínez de Ampiés. In 1528, Ampíes was replaced by a representative of the House of Welser.

The Netherlands regulated Aruba since 1629. Since 1636 however, Aruba has been under Dutch administration, initially governed by Peter Stuyvesant, later appointed to New Amsterdam (New York City). The island was then included under the Dutch West India Company (W.I.C.) administration from 1648 to 1664. The Dutch controlled Aruba 135 years after the Spanish, allowing the Arawaks stockbreeding, and turned the island into a meat source for other Dutch Caribbean colonies. In 1933, Aruba sent its first request to the Queen seeking independent status and autonomy.

During World War II , Aruba was one of the main suppliers of refined petroleum products to the Allies Aruba was made a British protectorate from 1940 to 1942, and a US protectorate from 1942 to 1945.

In March 1944, Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States, briefly visited American troops stationed in Aruba.

Currently Aruba is a sovereign state in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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