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San Nicolaas is 19 kilometres (12miles) southeast of Oranjestad, and is Aruba second largest city. Known as the island Sunrise Side, San Nicolaas was once a bustling company town, when Lago Oil and Transport operated its oil refinery from 1924-1985.San Nicolaas was named after a Mr. Nicolas van der Biest (1808-1873), who owned a big piece of the land there.Close to San Nicolaas, a Dutch marine camp is off Commanders Bay near the fishing village of Savaneta.A section of San Nicolaas\\\' main street has been converted to a picturesque promenade with shops containing souvenirs, crafts and local snacks. In nearby Seroe Colorado, there is a small natural bridge, not to be confused with the bridge at Andicuri.
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