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Aruba is a jewel set in the Caribbean Sea. Just 32km long, the island is part of the Lesser Antilles. Discovered by the Spanish and captured by the Dutch, it forms part of the Kingdom of Netherlands and shares her Queen Beatrix. The island gained independence in 1986, with it's own democratic parliamentary system. The population, which stands at over 100,000, speaks Dutch and Papiamento. The Portuguese influence handed down this language, although most islanders trace their roots back to Spain, the Netherlands and to the indigenous Arawak people.
There is some oil processing, gold mining, agriculture and industry but the main enterprise by far is tourism and an Aruba
vacation is extremely popular with Americans, Canadians and Europeans. It's also a frequent destination for honeymoons. The
Queen Beatrix International Airport carries flights to several American cities and Europe can be reached via the Netherlands.
Tourists love the sunny climate of the island, which boasts an 82oF temperature for most of the time. There is very little rainfall to spoil long days on the white sandy beaches. Sheltered beaches are mainly on the western and southern coasts. For people interested in geology, there are some interesting rock formations to explore, and plant lovers will like the various cacti on show. The airport is situated near to the capital city of Oranjestad. January and February are good months to go for an Aruba vacation, when the carnival season is on and there is a
grand parade at the close.
The residents of the island are very friendly and welcoming. In fact, part of the official Aruba crest shows a handshake.
Because of the large amount of American visitors, there is a US influence but an Aruba vacation has an atmosphere all its
own.It's perfect for beach lovers and fans of wind surfing and other water sports. The surrounding countryside has two major
hills but is predominately flat and extremely arid.
The standard of living on the island is the best in the Caribbean. There is very little hardship and the employment level is
almost full. The economy, which runs on the Aruban Florin, is subsidized by the Netherlands government. Although Aruba is
part of the largely protestant Netherlands, the population is mainly Roman Catholic. A number of different countries have
contributed to the island we see today and there is an evident cosmopolitan culture. An Aruba vacation is the perfect way to
leave the rest of the world behind and watch the blue ocean with a long cool, drink in your hand.
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