An Introduction to Aruba
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
Arubas 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
Arubas 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
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 Arubas 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
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.
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