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Aruba has grown considerably since tourism became the island's primary source of income in 1986. What started out with a hotel downtown called Talk Of The Town and the Aruba Caribbean Hotel in Palm Beach, - the island’s first luxury resort - has quickly blossomed into a mecca for travelers from all over the world. Meanwhile, the choice of venues and resorts continues to grow, bringing an array of accommodations to fit every budget and preference.
For visitors in search of beach and tranquility and freedom to come and go as one pleases, the seaside apartments like Coral Reef Beach in Savaneta or Aruba Bed & Beach in Pos Chikito are ideal. The island is small, so driving around from anywhere is just a couples of minutes away.
While Club Arias is one of the first bed & breakfast facilities on the island and are still among the top rated stays, there are a couple of newcomers. Wonders Boutique Hotel is becoming a hot spot for uptown guests and Villa Punta Salina in Noord offers personal attention to beach lovers that want to stay close to the best beaches, but away from the high rise crowds. Paradera Park is uniquely located in the center of the island, surrounded by tropical gardens and close to natural attractions like Casibari and Ayo Rock Formations. Another traditional island experience can be discovered in one of the cozy guesthouses of My Aruban Home, including local friendliness and the Hadicurari beach life.