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Alto Vista Chapel

The picturesque Chapel of Alto Vista was the island's first Roman Catholic Church, built 1750 and reconstructed in 1953. The small, bright yellow chapel is reached by a winding road, lined with crosses marking the Stations of the Cross.

Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

In the 1400s and 1500s, adventurers traveled throughout the Caribbean in search of wealth and treasure. According to legend, Aruba's name comes from "Oro Ruba," which means "red gold." In 1824, gold was finally discovered in Aruba, and the industry produced more than 3 million pounds of gold. The abandoned gold mill once processed ore from mines in the nearby hills during Aruba's gold rush of the 19th century.

California Lighthouse

Situated on the north side of the island, this lighthouse was built 1914 to signal ships nearing Aruba. It is also known as "Hudishibana" locally, it was given this name after an American steamship that wrecked off shore in the late 1800s. In 2017, the lighthouse was completely renovated, which is currently in operation, and it is open for visitors. This landmark is known for its stunning views, and it's perfect setting to admire the beautiful sunset.

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