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Contact the Aruba Tourism Authority (tel. 800/TOARUBA [862-7822]; www.aruba.com), which has offices in major cities such as Chicago, Miami, Houston, and Atlanta. Their main location in the U.S. is 100 Plaza Dr., First Floor, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (tel. 201/558-1110; ata.newjersey@aruba.com); and in the U.K., the Copperfields, 25 Copperfield St., London SE1 0EN (tel. 020/7928-1600; aruba@saltmarshpr.co.uk).

Useful Aruban Websites

You can gather tons of information about Aruba online. A couple of Aruba's greatest fans compile Aruba Bound! (www.arubabound.com), a noncommercial collection of hard facts, informed opinions, and numerous Web links. Visit Aruba (www.visitaruba.com) has commercial links, practical information, news items, and a snappy gossip column. For a lively exchange of information and opinion, visit Aruba Bulletin Board (www.aruba-bb.com), where you can post questions to seasoned Aruba-vacation veterans and search for great deals on a timeshare rental.

Once you're on the island, go to the Aruba Tourism Authority at L.G. Smith Blvd. 172, Oranjestad (tel. 297/582-3777). It is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. But if you miss the office hours, you can find the authority's many free local magazines, such as Destination Aruba, Aruba Experience, Island Temptations, Aruba Nights, Bon Bini, and Island Gourmet at restaurants, shops, and hotels. Two English-language dailies -- Aruba Today and the Morning News -- provide entertainment listings.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.