The largest of the Netherlands Antilles and one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations has its glitz and bling (dining, shopping, casinos, hopping nightlife), but also budget options and wildlife of a different kind, out on the island.
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On De Palm Island, fun both above & below water

  De Palm Island   I’ve always envied my scuba-diving friends who describe their magical underwater world full of coral reefs and colorful fish. I’ve snorkeled aplenty but it’s not quite the same. Now, although I remain uncertified as a diver, I have an idea of what the majesty is all about thanks to my SNUBA experience at De Palm Island, an islet just down the coast from Aruba's capital Oranjestad.   read post    

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Aruba Marriott Resort in '9 of the Most Romantic Hotels for Valentine's Day in the Caribbean'

Palm Island Resort     These tropical isles usually rank high on the list of V-Day getaways, and offer an embarassment of riches when it comes to hotels and resorts. So this year a freelancer put together for USA Today a list of nine for couples to consider for a romantic Valentine's weekend. You may not agree with all of them - and, indeed, I find the list skews too much toward bigger resorts and largely ignores charming smaller inns, but I can attest to one, Palm Island (above) in the…

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4 of the Caribbean's top luxury rental villas

In the market for a nice place to call your own on a warm-weather vacation getaway this winter, for example in the Caribbean? Instead of the usual resort, give a thought to renting your very own luxury Caribbean villa, which can be as or more affordable while providing unparalleled privacy and comfort. Here are examples on five islands, marketed through Caribbean Escape, that you'll surely fall in love with! read post

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on our blog: snorkelers meet Nazis in Aruba

  One of the best snorkeling sites in the Caribbean lies barely 100 yards off the west coast ofAruba and a few miles north of the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. The water there is calm, visibility is excellent, and the the site features the World War II-era German ship Antilla – at 397 feet, the third-longest wreck in the Caribbean. That such a splendid shipwreck is so accessible to snorkelers is unusual. That a vessel the Wehrmacht christened Antilla is spending eternity in the…

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  • If you love diving and snorkeling like I do, check out this post from a site I really like but which that doesn't usually spend much time on travel:
    This Caribbean Island Is Great for Underwater Adventure
    It wasn’t until I descended into the depths of Aruba’s clear waters that I realized something new and exciting was about to happen.
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