Aruba is a 33-kilometer-long (20 mi) island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located 27 km (17 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Antilles are commonly referred to as the Netherlands Antilles or the Dutch Antilles.


AUnlike much of the Caribbean region, 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 [Wikipedia] - and especially so as it lies outside the hurricane belt. Besides white sand and turquoise waters (my favorite swimming spot was Arashi beach :) head to the North part of the island and discover a rough landscape, with no housing or hotel development - just wilderness (and unfortunately, a lot of plastic trash washed ashore form the ocean). Most pictures in this gallery were taken on this part of the island.

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