Aruba is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, about 17 miles north of Venezuela. As one of the four constituent countries of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, the official language is Dutch; however, English (as well as other languages) is widely spoken.
Year-round temperatures hover around 82F, and most of the rain falls in late autumn. “Unlike much of the Caribbean region,” says Wikipedia, “Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather.” Perhaps even more important, the article continues, “It lies outside the hurricane belt.”
Probably not a problem for those who travel there, but there are “limited attractions beyond the beach, gambling, shopping, and dining out,” per honeymoons.about.com.
Here are some photos to tempt you with the beauty of the island.
(Photo from Natural Born Hikers on Flickr)
The tree, called both Watapana and Divi Divi, is native to Aruba. Its contortions are the result of the elements in its coastal environment.
(Photo from realhoneymoons on Flickr)
(3) Hyatt Swimming Pool: by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts (from Flickr)