Aruba’s terrain is mostly flat with a few hills. There is little in the way of vegetation or outstanding physical features and no inland water. Aruba’s best-known geographical feature is its white-sand beaches, which are the basis of an active tourism industry that is the mainstay of the island’s economy.
Aruba is situated on the Caribbean Tectonic Plate. Aruba has three deep water harbors located at Oranjestad, Barcadera, and San Nicolaas (Sint Nicolaas). The coastal area is known for its white-sand beaches and the calm waters surrounding Aruba are clear, making it a popular tourist destination.
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Aruba’s semi-arid tropical marine climate varies little seasonally, with an average annual temperature of 27 °C (80.6 °F), varying from about 26 °C (78.8 °F) in January to 29 °C (84.2 °F) in July. Rainfall averages 510 mm (20.1 in) or less annually.
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Eagle Beach is a beach and neighborhood of Oranjestad, Aruba. The neighborhood is famous for its many low-rise resorts and wide public beach. It has soft white sand and has been rated one of the best beaches in the world.
Habitat for over 52 different species
Palm Beach is a tourism district about 6 kilometers northwest of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. A number of high rise hotels are located here, such as Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba Marriott Resort, Occidental Grand Aruba and Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa.
The Natural Pool, also known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga", is a natural pool of water located in a very remote area in the north of Aruba. It is formed by rock and volcanic stone circles. The rugged terrain surrounding the pool makes it accessible only by four-wheel drive or all-terrain vehicles or on foot.
Snorkeling is one of the main activities on the island, as many of Arubas many species of fish exist here, including the Blue parrotfish. It is forbidden to fish or remove any wild animals from the island.
The Arikok National Park takes up approximately 18 percent of the island of Aruba and includes three primary geological formations: the Aruba lava formation, a quartz diorite formation, and a limestone formation that extends inward from the coast. These formations have directly influenced Aruba's human settlement, as well as its natural wonders.
Die Antilla war ein 1939 gebautes Frachtschiff der Hapag, das für den Amerika-Handel eingesetzt werden sollte. Bereits 1940 wurde es während des Zweiten Weltkrieges auf seiner Jungfernfahrt vor Aruba selbstversenkt; das Wrack stellt heute ein beliebtes Tauchgebiet dar.
Welcome to Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort in Aruba. Steps from Aruba's white sand beaches and featuring the Links at Divi Aruba Golf Course, the Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort is convenient to all of Aruba's temptations but stands elegantly apart.
Ayo Rock Formations are monolithic rock boulders located on the island of Aruba in the Caribbean. They are located near Ayo village, about 3.2 km from the natural bridge towards Casibari. Casibari Boulders are about 3.2 km inland between Natural Bridge (now defunct) and Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, west of Boac Andicuri.
Alto Vista Chapel is a small Catholic chapel also known as "Pilgrims Church" that stands on the hills above the north shore of the sea and to the northeast of the town of Noord, on the island of Aruba, 27 km north of the coast of Venezuela.
In the 1950s, the Aruba Esso Club was built as a part of Lago Colony (present-day Seroe Colorado) at Baby Beach. immediately to the south of Rodgers Beach. The club included a restaurant, dance floor, and a baseball stadium. In the lagoon, there was a dock, and there were small shacks, one of which is still standing.
The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino is a hotel and casino in Palm Beach, Aruba, run by Hyatt. It has 360 rooms and suites and is set in landscaped gardens with a lagoon. On the ninth floor of the hotel is the Governor's Suite.
Beth Israel Synagogue is the synagogue of the Aruban Jewish community, located in Oranjestad, Aruba. Beth Israel Synagogue is an independent congregation with a liberal style similar to Reform Judaism or Conservative Judaism.
The Aruba Island Gold Mining Company built the Bushiribana smelter in 1825 to extract gold from the ore that was being mined in the nearby hills of Ceru Plat; it operated for ten years.
This lighthouse was named for the steamship California, which wrecked nearby on September 23, 1891. It was formerly open to the public until a suicide occurred, which prompted authorities to restrict public access to the lighthouse.[citation needed ]
Of the several caves of Aruba, three Aruban caves are well known, seen in deep crevices on the windward face of the island. All three of the caves are located in the Arikok National Park. The most prominent are Guadirikiri Cave, the Fontein Cave and the Huliba Cave.
Fort Zoutman is a military fortification at Oranjestad, Aruba. Built in 1798 by the Dutch army, it is the oldest structure on the island of Aruba. The Willem III Tower was added to the west side of the fort in 1868. The fort and tower were restored and re-opened in 1983 as the Historical Museum of Aruba.
Many have remarked about the panoramic views obtained atop Hooiberg. 562 concrete steps lead to the top of the mountain. On a clear day Venezuela can be seen from the top. The windswept mountaintop is also the site of several radio antennas and cell sites used by Setar, an Aruban telecommunication company.
Festivals in Aruba take place all year round on the island. Many of these colorful and entertaining cultural events that are recognized internationally and draw tourists from around the globe. The Bon Bini Festival takes place in Fort Zoutman, Oranjestad every Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM all year round.
Legend has it that French pirates tried to invade Aruba in the early 17th century and were confronted by Indians in this narrow passage above Spanish Lagoon. After this encounter, the passage became known as "Franse Pas" or "Rooi Frances" in Papiamento, which translates to "Frenchman Pass" in English.
It was the year 1949 when a group of active cultural associations in the Arubian community, under the wings of Cultureel Centrum Aruba, felt a great need for a building where the arts and culture could be exercised and developed.
Oranjestad is de hoofdstad van Aruba. De stad is met ongeveer 35.000 inwoners de grootste plaats van het eiland en wordt in de volksmond ook Playa genoemd. Voor 1790 was het zuidelijk gelegen Savaneta de Arubaanse hoofdstad, maar Oranjestad bleek voor schepen beter bereikbaar.