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Just 70 square miles, Aruba is a small gem basking in the warmth of the southern Caribbean. However, it is not only the bright sunshine, turquoise water, and white sand that make Aruba sparkle; it is the multifaceted blend of over 90 different nationalities among over 110 thousand residents living happily together.
Aruba's diverse people are known for their warm, friendly, and welcoming nature. They are inclusive of newcomers, and their sunny dispositions radiate throughout the island, earning Aruba's well-coined slogan "one happy island."
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In addition to Aruba's "happy" reputation, an unmistakable beauty and richness originate from its history, culture, architecture, music, art, handmade crafts and jewelry, and weekly Carrubian Festival.
From Aruba's ancient Caquetio Indian roots, to its Spanish and Dutch rule, to its modern-day standing as a constituent country of the Netherlands, Aruba's history dates back centuries (aruba.com). Rock drawings and carvings created by the Caquetios can still be seen at Fontein Cave in Arikok National Park and at the Ayo Rock Formation. Their unique patterns and designs continue to influence Aruba's art, architecture, currency, fabric, and jewelry. They even can be found on T-shirts!
The bright and colorful Dutch architecture adds an artful, upbeat flare.