Dutch influence still lingers on Aruba as part of the Netherlands' Antilles until independence in 1986. This balmy Caribbean island is a study in contrasts. Its arid interior is dotted with cactus and windswept divi-divi trees while secluded coves and sandy beaches form its coast. Aruba's long and colourful heritage is reflected in its dialect. Called Papiamento, it's a combination of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African and English.