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Aruba, located in the southern Caribbean, lies just 17 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. An arid, desert-like island, Aruba has predictably warm and sunny weather and is not affected by hurricanes that plague the islands further north and the cities along the Gulf of Mexico.
Aruba is a part of the Netherlands and you'll find Dutch spoken there as well as Dutch colonial architecture, food and customs. Most of the major resorts are located on the western shore of the island, along Palm Beach. The best of these are affiliated with hotel chains, but don't discount them. The services and accommodations are superior and the setting is lovely. Some of the best places to stay are:
Marriott Aruba - Arguably, the best hotel on the island, the 376-room Marriott is home to Aruba's largest casino and offers a variety of wedding packages. Choose to get married along the beach, under a flowered archway in the tropical garden, or in the resort's ballroom.
Hyatt Regency - Also located along Palm Beach, the 360-room Hyatt has a full service spa, six restaurants, property-wide WiFi, and a variety of romantic spots for an island wedding.
Couples planning an Aruba wedding will have plenty of help. Both properties offer on-site wedding planners for couples getting married at the hotel or enlist the services of a destination wedding specialist, such as the experienced and friendly agents at Destination Weddings.com. Their services are free and they can make sure your island wedding does off without a hitch and no stress.