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Aruba Adventures






An Introduction to Aruba

At 20 miles in length and 6 miles in width Aruba is the right size for convenient exploration off the beaten path while the semi-arid topography and geological formations offer a wealth of outdoor activities distinct from other Caribbean islands. With incredible marine life as well, Aruba provides all types of outdoor recreation adventure for anyone looking for an active Caribbean vacation. Just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba has very low humidity and an average annual rainfall of only 24 inches that gives it a topography and vegetation that are unusual for a Caribbean island. On the south and west coasts are miles of pristine white beaches that rank among the most beautiful in the world, rimmed by calm blue seas with visibility in some areas to a depth of a hundred feet. The northeast coast, along the Atlantic shore, is rugged and wild. The interior is desert-like, with a variety of cacti and dramatic rock formations.

For those on vacation seeking outdoor adventure, exploring Aruba’s interior reveals a host of treasures as you find a unique Caribbean landscape of cactus, aloe and dramatic rock formations. A hike through Arikok National Park will reveal some of the oldest Arawak drawings as well as trails that showcase the variety of Aruba’s plants and animals. Cyclists in particular will enjoy this exotic terrain. The sandy flat terrain is well suited to mountain bikes.

Along the northeast coast in the deep recesses of rock are shallow cave formations and those who penetrate its damp chambers, are rewarded with mysterious views of rock drawings plus nature's artwork of stalagmites and stalactites. Along the coast the outdoor adventurer can also find the remnants of abandoned gold mines. The birdwatching vacationer will also delight in Aruba as more than 80 species of migratory birds including herons, egrets, cormorants, coots, gulls, skimmers, terns, and ducks nest in and around the island.

All around Aruba can be seen the island's most famous trees, the divi-divi trees, which are all permanently sculpted into graceful, south-bending shapes by the constant trade winds. Those constant trade winds are also responsible for Aruba’s signature sport, Windsurfing. The constant 15-knot trade winds, along with the variety of flat-water locations and challenging wave conditions, have made Aruba one of the most popular spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Whether you're a beginner, an expert or anywhere in between, you can find a suitable location for windsurfing in Aruba.

Scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts will enjoy the hundred foot visibility and the challenge of the 42 different diving sites varying from stunning reefs to rocks to wrecks.

To learn more about Aruba, visit our other Aruba Pages.

bulletRecreation Activities on Aruba
bulletAruba Places of Interest
bulletAruba Beaches
bulletExplore Aruba's southern coast by Kayak
bulletWindsurfing - Aruba's signature sport
bulletOther Aruba Attractions








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