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Fringing turquoise Caribbean waters, kissed by the sun and cooled by constant trade winds, Aruba's beaches include wide shaded expanses, quiet retreats, and busy sunbathing and water sports meccas. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges, lost in their favorite book or enjoying people-watching. Swimming, snorkeling, kite surfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana-boating, and all kinds of wet'n wild adventures are just steps away.
In contrast, the beaches along the windward coast are in more secluded and undeveloped areas. Here magical coves carved out of limestone and inlets formed by the relentless pounding of waves are overlooked by craggy desert terrain. Because of strong undertow and crashing waves, swimming here is not recommended. But the beaches on Aruba's wild coast do afford tranquility, privacy and unique natural phenomena. Both coasts afford spectacular, glittering Caribbean views that will surely take your breath away. All beaches are open to the public.
Aruba's casino scene sizzles with expectation and exhilaration as bells sound with each win and where lively crowds ring each game table. As the originator and home of Caribbean stud poker as well as the host of professional poker tournaments and everything in slots from progressive jackpots to nickel machines, Aruba welcomes both veteran gamblers and casual players in experiencing the excitement of courting chance. Whether pursuing luck with a roll of the dice or a spin of the roulette wheel.
Casinos are located at most large resorts with a few casinos open 24 hours a day. In general, opening hours are 11 a.m. for slots and 1 p.m. through early morning for table games. Hours vary seasonally, so please check before making plans. No one under 18 is allowed in the casinos.