Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba, a floating Dutch jewel with a tropical touch. Explore the colorful floating market and Nassaustraat, brimming with quaint shops. Visit the beach where water sports abound: snorkeling, rides on glass-bottom boats and submarines. Or venture into the countryside to see the haunts of the huge green parakeet, the unique rock gardens of Casi Bari, the curious divi divi tree, forever bending in the tradewind breezes. Aruba is an enchanting blend of exotic cactus jungles and blue-water coves, traditional Dutch windmills and modern, glitteriing casinos. Even the beaches offer a wide range of choices, from lively Eagle Beach to tranquil Baby Beach. Small wonder that some of the world's toniest designers have opened shops here.

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