ARUBA

Believe it or not, the Spanish colonists settled in 1513 Aruba and her sister Bonaire and the islands of Curacao, calling them “Islas InĂștiles,” or useless islands. They could not be more wrong Centuries later,

Believe it or not, the Spanish colonists settled in 1513 Aruba and her sister Bonaire and the islands of Curacao, calling them “Islas InĂștiles,” or useless islands. They could not be more wrong Centuries later, this southern Caribbean cluster is using dry weather and minimal rainfall in their favour; Aruba, especially, entices tourists with its dazzling white beaches and a crisp limestone landscape. And with its full underwater visibility, this island is a favourite escape for divers to explore the buried ships or to study some superb coral reefs.

The inflation rate and airfare (the most expensive of all in the Caribbean) have nurtured Aruba’s reputation for exclusivity, but take a look around Palm Beach, and you will see that it is not so. The children of college, honeymoon, young family and baby boomers are insinuating for their piece of shadow under all the nearby divine trees. It is damn to the colonies: Aruba is being kept really for practical use.

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