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A true tropical paradise, Aruba may be small—only 20 miles long and six miles wide—but it offers some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Aruba revolves around tourism and has resorts that know how to pamper guests.  
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Aruba may be a tropical paradise of warm ocean waters and white sand, but the majority of the island is actually desert, with cacti covering the island, even up to the edges of the beach. The desert climate means Aruba has near-perfect weather year-round, with low humidity and little rain.  
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The capital city of Oranjestad is located on the southwestern coast of the island. Aruba lies only about 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela, but it is still part of the Netherlands (albeit an autonomous region). The Dutch influence is clearly visible in the architecture.  
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The Divi-divi is a species of tree native to Aruba. Divi-divis tend to be bent due to high winds along the coastal regions where they grow.  
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Resorts and hotels line Eagle Beach, one of the best beaches in Aruba. Most are just steps from the shallow warm waters, which are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Eagle Beach is on the southern coast next to the popular Palm Beach and just west of the capital city, Oranjestad.  
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Populated by desert vegetation and endemic fauna, Arikok National Park comprises about 18 percent of Aruba.  
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A man feeds fish just off the beach. There is every opportunity to enjoy the waters of Aruba, from scuba diving and snorkeling among reefs to windsurfing and swimming at the beaches.  
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Santo Largo Beach in Arikok National Park  
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A sea turtle navigates the wreck of the Antilla, a popular dive site off the coast of Aruba.  
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Visitors to Aruba can take a break from the beach and explore caves on the island. Beautiful Guadirikiri Cave is 100 feet long and is known for openings that allow in light. There are other caves to explore including Fontein Cave, which has Arawak Indian drawings on the ceiling.  
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Pelicans perch on the rocky eastern coast of Aruba. Unlike the smooth white beaches that make up the south and west coasts, Aruba's north and east coasts are rocky, rugged, and undeveloped.  
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Aruba's Palm Beach is popular with tourists and locals alike.  
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Located on Aruba's northern coast, the iconic California Lighthouse has been in use since it was built in 1910. It's named for the ship California, which was wrecked off the coast in 1891.  
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