Factbook: Aruba

Aruba A(part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)   Geography Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela Geographic coordinates: 12 30 N, 69 58 W Map references: Central America and the Caribbean Area: total: 193 sq km land: 193 sq km water: 0 sq km Area – comparative: slightly larger than Washington,…


Arriba, Aruba!

Watersport Playground of the Caribbean Text and Photography by Walt Stearns   When Alonzo de Ojeda came upon the 19.6 by 6 mile island of Aruba in 1499, he claimed it for the Spanish crown. However, after finding nothing more than a barren countryside of cactus prairies and ayos (rock formations comprised of giant granite…


Aruba

Sara Shoemaker Aruba would be a finalist if there were a watersports capital of the world contest. With scuba diving, windsurfing, banana boating, jetskiing, parasailing, sportfishing and sailing as just a few of its ocean activities, its diversity is a large part of its appeal. Add its many other family activities, pristine beaches, shopping, casinos,…