Once upon a time, conquistadores scoured the Caribbean in search of treasure. They struck gold in Aruba – literally. The discovery of ore in 1824 prompted mines to spring up along the north coast. In total, more than 3 million pounds of gold was excavated. And, although it’s now in ruins, the Medieval mine at Bushiribana, a 15-minute drive from Palm Beach, stands as a reminder of Aruba’s mini gold rush.