Unlike most other Caribbean islands, Aruba is just a short distance from the mainland. Located 27 miles north of the coast of Venezuela, Aruba two biggest draws are its beaches covered in soft, powdery sand and the turquoise hue of its waters. The best beach on the island is widely considered to be Eagle Beach. Because it can become crowded during tourist season, visitors should also consider visiting Baby Beach, located on the eastern side of the island.
Aruba receives frequent breezes, but though the wind can seem constant at times, it is gentle enough to not pose tourists any difficulties. Indeed, wind conditions along the southwestern edge of the island are ideal for windsurfers and many visitors staying in holiday homes on Aruba enjoy trying the sport. Helpful operators can provide not just equipment rental but also lessons and advice for novices.
It would not seem that an island covering on 69 square miles would have land to spare, but Aruba features an undeveloped area known as Arikok National Wildlife Park. Here, tourists can take nature hikes and see a sample of tropical wilderness as it existed before the encroachment of modern towns and roads.
Aruba is not located within the "hurricane belt" that sweeps across the Caribbean, which makes it a good place to visit at any time of the year. Politically, it is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, though there have been some movements in recent years for independence.