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tying the knot: marriage license requirements

Marriage Requirements for Aruba

Residency Requirement: None
Necessary Documents: Certified copies of birth certificates for bride and groom; valid passport or state issued picture ID for bride and groom; certificate of no impediment for bride and groom (also know as a single status report); copy of first and last page of divorce decree if either party has been divorced; copy of death certificate if either party is a widow(er); witness(es) must also have valid passport or state issues picture ID
Note: Religious regulations vary on the island. Those wishing to be married by the Catholic Church should contact St. Franciscus Parish Church, (297) 582-1434 or St. Ann Parish Church, (297) 587-1409 prior to arriving on the island. Those wishing to be married by the Protestant Church, (297) 582-1435 and those wishing to be married by the Jewish community should contact Israelische Gemeente-Bet Israel, (297) 582-3272.
For More Info: Office of Civil Registry, (297) 583-4400 or Aruba.com.

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Caribbean: Aruba, an Overview

Just off the coast of South America, this beautiful tropic isle will have you planning your next trip before you even leave.

Photo: Aruba Tourism Authority

Flat, arid, and outside the hurricane belt, this Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, the "A" island of the so-called ABC Islands (Bonaire and Curacao complete the trio), enjoys low humidity and breezy blue vistas year-round. Instead of tropical foliage, you'll find rocky deserts, silky sand, and the trademark divi-divi tree (bent at a 45-degree angle by strong trade winds). You'll also hear the ka-ching of casinos and the infectious steel band beat of beach barbecues and fish fries. This is, as car license plates proclaim, "one happy island."

In a Word: Gambling

Feeling lucky? Aruba has the games for you: blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, slot machines, and an island original, Caribbean Stud Poker, invented in 1988. This high-stakes game is like blackjack but tempts players with a progressive jackpot that can skyrocket!

before you go: need-to-know info

  • Entry requirements: Passport or birth certifcate with a raised seal, return ticket *Note: Starting December 31, 2006, travelers will need to carry a passport to enter Aruba.
  • Language: Dutch, English, Spanish, Papiamento
  • Currency: Aruban florin (AFl), US dollars
  • Flight time: 4 hrs from NYC, 11 hrs from LA, 9 hrs from Chicago, 8 hrs from Dallas
  • Hotel tax & service charge: 17.6%
  • Tipping: 10%-15% if not included, $1 per day for maids, $1 per bag for bellhops
  • Getting around: Taxi, bus, rental car (follow the southwestern-pointing divi-divi trees if you get lost)
  • Homework: Practice your poker face
  • Note: Bring extra sunscreen -- the equatorial sun is a scorcher
  • More info: Aruba Tourism Authority, (800) TO-ARUBA

Why We'd Go: 5 Features You'll Never Forget

  • Underwater sightseeing: Sunken ships include the eye-popping, bombed-in-half German freighter Antilla -- its shallow wreckage is easily and eerily visible in the clear ocean waters -- and the Jane Sea, a freighter lying in an almost vertical position. Baby Beach is best for shore diving, while Mangel Halto Reef offers fascinating night dives.

  • Theme parties: Aruba resorts love theme parties, which include a buffet dinner, entertainment, and dancing.

  • Windsurfing: Aruba is the ideal surf spot, thanks to tranquil waters on the southwestern coast and a steady wind. Lessons and rentals are available.

  • Cruising: From mellow lunch sails to dirty-dancing blowouts, there are plenty of chances to sail Aruba's waters.

  • Shopping: Enjoy duty-free sprees at craft shops and Caya G. F. Betico Croes, the chief shopping strip in Oranjestad, the pastel-painted capital. Dutch porcelain, Dutch cheese, hand-embroidered linens, and skin creams made from the native aloe vera plant are good buys.

When to Go: Aruba at its Best

  • Best weather: Aruba enjoys a mean temperature of 82 degrees, a fairly constant 10 mph to 20 mph breeze, and blissfully low humidity year-round. July and August are less windy, and short showers occur more often from mid-October through December.

  • Best prices: Mid-April to mid-December; exact dates vary by hotel

  • Festival highlights: Colorful Carnival events whirl through the streets each winter

Photo: Aruba Tourism Authority

-- Lori Seto

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