Aruba, part of the ABC islands, the most southern of the Lesser Antilles. The ABC islands are Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao, under Dutch colonization. Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in the 17th century, first discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499 then the island was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. Aruba broke away from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, independent member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, however, actions for full independence was halted at Aruba’s request sometime in the early 90s.
Aruba and the other ABC islands are in close proximity to South America and in line with the coast of Venezuela, separated by a mere 15 miles. Aruba is a tourist hot spot and in the top five of best cruise destinations. It is a very lively island marked by its colorful high-rise resorts, vibrant nightlife with fancy dining options and posh casinos. Aruba also has mile and miles or pristine pink and white-sand beaches.
Visitors to Aruba cannot get bored, there are plenty of things to do in Aruba, the fine beaches for sun tanning, lounging and water sports. By day, visitors can tour the quaint capital and by night dance till the sun rises at many of the world famous discos, see one of the high quality cabaret or dinner shows or take part in some gambling.
Aruba’s economy is driven by three main industries in its lifetime, a gold rush in the early 19th century. The establishment of an oil refinery in the early 1920’s brought much wealth and prosperity to the island. In the last 2-3 decades, a boom in the tourism industry has been driving the country’s growth.
Aruba t is mostly flat and arid, scattered with fields of cacti and aloe plants.
The island’s windward side is a popular windsurfing destination with heavy surf. And on the leeward side, the pink, white and honey-colored sand beaches are populated by visiting tourist, day limers. Aruba attracts as many as one million visitors and cruise passengers. There are miles upon miles of beaches, a wide range of accommodations, and endless activities for entertainment of all ages.