Aruba is a little pearl in the Southern Caribbean where island vibes and local hospitality blend with all the modern comforts of home. Located approximately 16 miles from the South American coastline, Aruba is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across at its widest point, with a total area of 70 square mile.
Aruba’s topography and vegetation are unusual for a Caribbean island. On the South and West coast visitors will find miles of pristine white beaches, some ranking among the most beautiful in the world, rimmed by calm blue seas with visibility in some areas to a depth of 100 feet. The North-East coast along the windward shore is rugged and wild. The interior is desert-like with a variety of cacti and dramatic rock formations. The island’s most famous trees are the watapana (divi-divi) trees, all permanently sculpted into graceful South-East bending shapes by the constant trade winds.
Aruba’s arid, desert-like climate with more sunny days than any Caribbean island means visitors to the island can reliably expect warm sunny weather.
On January 1, 1986, Aruba gained its independence and became a separate entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba’s system of government is based on democratic principles. The island’s popularity is approximately 108,000 and the capital is Oranjestad, named after the Dutch Royal House of Orange.