Aruba is an island 33 kilometre long located about 1,600 kilometres west of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea and 27 kilometres north of the coast of Venezuela. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands (Netherlands Antilles)
Aruba is one of the four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The citizens of these countries all share a single nationality
Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape.
24 January 2014
We used Aruba as a stop over on our way between Curaçao to Columbia
Surfside often referred to as the airport anchorage. This is the most used anchorage for visiting yachts.
The first half of the island is industrial. It starts with an oil refinery and ends with a huge rubbish dump. The dump is a large smoking mountain where rubbish is burned almost continously. The smoke and dust blows out to sea but if you have to sail past you get the full blast.
Apart from the refinery, this place is built to cater for the tourist hotels and visiting cruise liners.