60 Second Geography – Aruba


Aruba is a relatively small island, only 20 miles long and slightly less than 6 miles across at its widest point.  It is one of the Dutch “ABC islands” consisting of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao and only 19 miles off the north shore of Venezuela. It’s easy to get around in Aruba.  The public bus is efficient and runs through the hotel zone.  Taxis, cars, motorcycles and bicycles are also available for rent.

  • They must do something right in Aruba.  It has the highest hotel occupancy rates and the highest rate of return visitors of any destination in the Caribbean.
  • Aruba’s leading industry is relaxation.  Over 500,000 people visit each year, bringing a lot of money to the island.  As a result, Aruba is quite prosperous by Caribbean standards.  The locals have good housing, healthcare and education. There is very little history of racial or social strife, so the inhabitants are friendly, warm and open with travelers.
  • The city of Oranjestad is the capital and was named after the first king of the Dutch Royal Family, Willem van Orange-Nassau, in 1824.  In Oranjestad you’ll find the Aruba Historical Museum and the oldest building in Aruba, Fort Zoutman (1796).
  • One of the real graces of Aruba is its near-perfect weather–a nearly constant phenomenon of sunny skies, warm temperatures, and cool breezes driven off the Caribbean.  This island’s low humidity and desert-like terrain is likewise nearly a full-time affair as it almost never rains and the island is far below the hurricane belt of the Caribbean.
  • Aruba’s beaches are some of the best in the Caribbean with miles of white, sugary sand.  The nearly picture-perfect beach settings and gentle surf are what many people have in mind when they think of this part of the world.  Aruba is a desert island full of cacti, iguanas, a few aloe-vera plants and unusual boulder formations.
  • While the resort area of the island has very calm, pristine beaches, the north coast features craggy limestone cliffs, caves, sand dunes, and a more energetic surf.
  • In Aruba, there are plenty of activities.  It’s a great place to experience snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing or kite surfing.  Both experienced and novice practitioners of all these sports find great outlets on Aruba.  When you tire of the beach you can dine at the restaurants or do some local shopping.
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