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Aruba

Background

Aruba

Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

About

Aruba is a Caribbean island 15 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. The island is an autonomous dependency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is 19.6 miles (30 kilometers) long and 6 miles (9 kilometers) across, at its widest point, with an area of approximately 70 square miles (184 square kilometers). This flat, riverless island is renowned for its white sand beaches. Its tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. The temperature is almost constant at about 27°C (81°F). The yearly rainfall usually does not exceed 20 inches. Aruba layes outside the Caribean hurricane belt.

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Aruba

ArubaManchebo Beach Resort and Spa 

J E Irausquin Boulevard 55
Eagle Beach
Oranjestad
Aruba

Price (US$): $210 - $457 / night

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Location. Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa is located on the beach in Oranjestad's Eagle Manchebo Beach neighborhood, close to Manchebo Beach, Druif Beach, and Links at Divi Aruba. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Eagle Beach and Royal Plaza Mall. Resort Features. This resort offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants,… more »

ArubaPlaya Linda Beach Resort 

J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 87
Oranjestad
Palm Beach
Aruba

Price (US$): $210 - $290 / night

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Location. Playa Linda Beach Resort is located on the beach in Palm Beach, close to Paseo Herencia Shopping Mall, Eagle Beach, and Manchebo Beach. Other points of interest near this resort include Arashi Beach and Alto Vista Chapel. Resort Features. In addition to 4 restaurants, Playa Linda Beach Resort offers 2 coffee shops/cafés and a grocery/convenience store. A beach bar and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, outdoor… more »

ArubaRadisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa 

J E Irausquin Blvd No 81
Palm Beach
Aruba

Price (US$): $413 - $1303 / night

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Location. Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa is located on the beach in Palm Beach, close to Paseo Herencia Shopping Mall, Palm Beach, and Eagle Beach. Other points of interest near this spa resort include Manchebo Beach and Arashi Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a lazy river,… more »

ArubaRenaissance Aruba Resort & Casino 

L G Smith Boulevard 82
Oranjestad ARUBA
Aruba

Price (US$): $481 - $669 / night

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Location. Located on the beach, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is in central Oranjestad, within walking distance of Fort Zoutman and Royal Plaza Mall. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Eagle Beach and Manchebo Beach. Resort Features. This resort offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes… more »

ArubaHoliday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino 

J E Irausquin Boulevard 230
Palm Beach
Aruba

Price (US$): $486 - $1071 / night

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Location. Holiday Inn Resort Aruba Beach Resort and Casino is located on the beach in Palm Beach, close to Excelsior Casino Aruba, Eagle Beach, and Arashi Beach. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Manchebo Beach and Alto Vista Chapel. Resort Features. This resort offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special… more »

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Aruba

Capital
Oranjestad
Location

Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela

Geographic coordinates

12 30 N, 69 58 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than Washington, DC

Coastline

68.5 km

Climate

tropical marine; little seasonal temperature variation

Terrain

flat with a few hills; scant vegetation

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Ceru Jamanota 188 m

Natural resources

NEGL; white sandy beaches

Population

104,589

Ethnic groups

mixed white/Caribbean Amerindian 80%, other 20%

Religions

Roman Catholic 80.8%, Evangelist 4.1%, Protestant 2.5%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%, Methodist 1.2%, Jewish 0.2%, other 5.1%, none or unspecified 4.6%

Languages

Papiamento (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect) 66.3%, Spanish 12.6%, English (widely spoken) 7.7%, Dutch (official) 5.8%, other 2.2%, unspecified or unknown 5.3% (2000 census)

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Independence

none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

National holiday

Flag Day, 18 March (1976)

Chief of state

Queen BEATRIX of the Netherlands (since 30 April 1980); represented by Governor General Fredis REFUNJOL (since 11 May 2004)

Head of government

Prime Minister Michiel Godfried (Mike) EMAN (since 30 October 2009)

Internet country code

.aw

Internet users

24,000 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Barcadera, Oranjestad, Sint Nicolaas

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