Aruba, another tiny Dutch Caribbean island located off the coast of Venezuela, has a well developed tourism industry. Along with Curaçao and Bonaire, Aruba's location is outside of the hurricane zone. The weather on the island is generally dry, sunny and mild. J.J. and I appreciated the constant trade winds. Aruba also boasts that its white sand beaches are one of the longest and prettiest in the world.
Branches of the national tree, divi-divi, sculptured by constant west winds slope southwesterly.
Taking a tour of the island, J.J. and I noticed the European influence in architecture. It features Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels. Aruba is a tourist friendly destination with an ease of communication in English, Dutch, and Spanish alongside the local tongue, Papiamento.
We were happy to find a used vehicle plate for our mechanics who collect foreign license plates.
Aloha -- Cathi