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About Aruba

Aruba is located in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles from the South American coastline. The island is 19.6 miles long, and six miles across at its widest point, with a total area of 70 square miles.

Aruba's topography and vegetation 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 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, or divi-divi trees, all permanently sculpted into graceful, southwest-bending shapes by the constant trade winds. It's always summer in Aruba, and almost always dry. The average daytime temperature is 82° F. The difference between median day and night temperatures, and between summer and winter temperatures, is just 3.6° F. The average rainfall is less than 20 inches a year, occurring mainly in short showers during November and December. Aruba is located safely away from the traditional path of hurricanes.

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