The quintessential Caribbean island, Aruba is all sun and sea and stretches of powdery sand. Aruba is one of the four “constituent countries” that together form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is 30 km (19.6 miles) long and 9 km (6 miles) across at its widest point giving it an area of approximately 70 mi² (184 km²). This flat island with no rivers is renowned for its white-sand beaches and tropical climate moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. The temperature is almost constant at about 27°C (81°F) and the yearly rainfall usually does not exceed 20 inches. Aruba lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. This beautiful island offers many activities and attractions for people of all ages.Time slows to a languid pace here as you linger over a tropical drink or bob serenely in the water; only the parrotfish are in a hurry. Oranjestad’s pastel facades of landmarks and shops boost the capital city’s playful vibe. Scout out a shady hammock—the perfect spot for a nap—as the crashing waves of turquoise water create a soothing soundtrack.
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