Island of Aruba Facts

Island of Aruba Facts
The island of Aruba lies in the Caribbean Sea 18 miles from Venezuela. One of the Lesser Antilles islands, Aruba is only 19 miles long and 5 miles wide but consistently attracts vacationers for its natural beauty and intimate feel.

Landscape

Even though the island is small, its terrain varies considerably by region. The southern and western coasts offer pristine white beaches, while the northern coast and interior are hilly and rocky. An oil refinery lies on the more remote eastern coast.

Flora

Aruba is known for its wind-sculpted Divi Divi (or watapana) trees, which always point toward the southwest due to the northeasterly trade winds. Throughout the island are Caribbean pines, hibiscus plants, bougainvilleas and wild orchids.

Fauna

Approximately half of the known species of lizards in the world inhabit Aruba. Other animals include cottontail rabbits, wild donkeys, sheep, goats and pelicans.

Etiquette

Most Arubians, though generally laid back, do not approve of travelers wearing beach clothes anywhere but the beach. Shorts and T-shirts are considered acceptable but swimwear is not.

Cuisine

Seafood dishes are common and often include red snapper, mahi mahi, grouper and shark. Spicy stews, cornmeal pancakes and fish chowder are also served throughout the island.

Article Written By Angela Brown

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.

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