Palm Beach, Aruba
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Village and beach
Palm Beach, Aruba
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Palm Beach is a tourism district about 6 kilometers northwest of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. A number of high rise hotels are located there, such as Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba Marriott Resort, Occidental Grand Aruba, Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Ritz Carlton Resort, and RIU palace Aruba. A shopping district adjacent to the hotels was finished in 2009, called Palm Beach Plaza Mall. Little North of Palm Beach is Malmok Beach, a small sandy strip running all the way until the northern tip of Aruba. Smaller apartment complexes and luxurious holiday homes are located along this dead-end Boulevard. Hadicurari Beach (kiting), Arashi Beach and Boca Catalina (snorkeling) are popular location.
The first people to ever live on the beach were Caquetios Indians from the Arawak tribe in 100 A.D. Later, in 1499, Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda discovered the island and created a small garrison. The Dutch took over the island soon after and it had remained in Dutch power from then on with a short interruption of English rule in 1805 during the Napoleonic wars.
It was not until 1947 that Palm Beach's first tourist office opened. The first hotel opened in the fifties, actually a competition was held to find the best design for the hotel. The winner's name was Ernst Bartels and his idea was called the`Basiroeti’ based on the beach location namesake. The hotel would end up being called Hotel Basi-Ruti. Hotel Basi-Ruti was not a high-rise, bungalows on the bare sand comprised the new hotel. Today it is a high-rise and is property of the Riu resort.
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