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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    Travel Weekly's Jenny Hart traveled to the "One Happy Island," Aruba, to visit the newly renovated Holiday Inn Resort, and to explore what the Dutch Caribbean island has to offer. The following images offer a glimpse of its varied beaches, quaint capital city and rugged desert landscape. One of your first sights after leaving the airport is this welcoming sign in downtown Oranjestad, Aruba's capital city. Photos by Jenny Hart; posted Nov. 20, 2014

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    The staff at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba greeted me with a delicious frozen mojito upon arrival, which I enjoyed while taking in my guestroom's balcony view.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    Iguanas are everywhere on Aruba! This not-so-little guy caused guests to lift up their feet when he walked under tables at the Holiday Inn Resort's Sea Breeze restaurant one morning.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    All beaches in Aruba are public. This beach was far away from the resort districts, and commonly used by locals (though tourists are welcome, too!).

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    Warm temperatures and beautiful beaches can be found on nearly every Caribbean island, but what makes Aruba stand out is the rugged desert terrain on its northern end.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    The desert is best explored by jeep! I went off-roading with De Palms Tours, bumping and bouncing over the island's dusty hills in a more erratic style than an old rollercoaster.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    California Lighthouse, located on Aruba's northwest tip, was designed to warn sailors of the island's coast. It now also draws visitors to check out some of Aruba's best views.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    Originally built in 1750 and rebuilt in 1952, the tiny Alto Vista Chapel is the location where Aruban Indians were first converted to Christianity. The chapel is open daily and holds Mass on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    The Bushiribana gold mines were used in the nineteenth century during Aruba's gold rush. While the gold is gone today, they are great to climb on and take pictures from.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    Local lore states that Aruban fishermen used to stack rocks so they would know where the great fishing spots were. Now, there is a belief that if you stack rocks in this area and make a wish, it'll come true.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    The pools at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba are a great place to relax after a day of exploration...

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    ...as are the beachside palapas!

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    Keshi Yena is a classic Aruban meal. It consists of baked cheese stuffed with spiced meat.

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    There are free trolleys in Oranjestad that take people from the cruise terminal down the main shopping streets. If you're nice to the drivers, maybe they'll let you take a fun picture, like me!

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    Exploring 'One Happy Island'

    Some trolleys are double-decker. Sitting upstairs is a great way to see downtown Oranjestad while kicking back and soaking up the sun.

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