ARUBA!

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I recently explored Aruba otherwise known as the happy island!

The island is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across, with a total area of 70 square miles. Located just below the hurricane belt, and unlike many islands in the Caribbean, the climate is dry, so rarely is there a rainy day.
On the south and west coasts of Aruba, you’ll find Oranjestad, the capital city, and miles of beaches that have been named some of the best in the world. Here, you’ll find most of the hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Aruba, and Queen Beatrix International Airport.

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Aruba has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world. Much of the population is fluent in English, Dutch, and Spanish — as well as the local Creole language, Papiamento. You will meet some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean on this island.

WHY you should you visit? so many reasons! Are you a Diver? A beach bum or a foodie?

Aruba’s the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean.
Just off the leeward coast of the island are two WWII wrecks: SS Antilla and SS Pedernales. They get visited daily by snorkel and dive boats. The coral formations and intensity of sea life down there is unreal.

Aruba’s white sand beaches are barefoot-friendly, even at high noon.
The unique crushed coral and shell composition of Aruba’s fine, powdery white beaches keeps the sand comfortably cool, even during the hours when the sun is most intense. That means long walks along the shoreline are perfect at any time of day!

 

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Aruba has been an innovator of purified water technology.
Being a desert island, Aruba has a scarcity of freshwater. The opening of the Lago refinery in the early 1930s resulted in the Balashi development of one of the largest desalination plants in the world.
The water tastes seriously good and this is coming from a “NO Tap” water type of girl!

Soccer may be king in most countries, but in Aruba baseball rules.
Island youth are active in both Little League and the PONY League. The Boston Red Sox are Aruba’s favorite team right now. When they won the World Series in 2013, the whole island and its many New England visitors celebrated as one — it was practically a national holiday.

Touring Aruba’s
“wild-side”.

Aruba also has plenty of wild goats and donkeys, and the local not-for-profit foundation Salba Nos Burico runs a sanctuary in Santa Lucia for sick and pregnant wild donkeys. Since its opening in 2000, it’s helped to restore a population that was nearly extinct. As for the ostriches? Just head to Aruba Ostrich Farm and you’ll bump into about 80 of ’em.

 

 

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Gambling winnings don’t get taxed here.
Best part about winning big at one of Aruba’s more than a dozen casinos? You get to keep it ALL. The island doesn’t tax gambling windfalls! NOT kidding!

Part of the island is a dedicated national park.
Arikok National Park is home to dramatic coastlines, natural bridges, and one of the island’s best natural features: the Natural Pool. The pool is a pristine, secluded swimming hole protected by a wall of volcanic rock.

Aruba has the most sunny days of any island in the Caribbean. (this deserves another mention!)
Aruba consistently ranks as having the least amount of rainfall in the Caribbean — an average of about 15 inches, all year! You’re practically guaranteed a sunny day in Aruba. Aruba lays on the outside fringes of the hurricane belt, so hurricanes rarely touch Aruba’s shores.

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