Aruba: The Desert Island

Written by Gary Wonning

The natural inclination is to think all of the Caribbean Islands are tropical and jungle like.

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Most of us visit islands that fit this description such as St. Thomas or Puerto Rico.

Because many hurricanes pass through this part of the world every year, dumping large amounts of rain as they make their way to Central America or the United States,we see these images on TV, and assume this part of the world receives more than its share of rainfall.

Farther north this is true, however, Aruba lies south of most of the hurricanes path. Only about forty miles north of Venezuela, Aruba lies in a very dry area. Thus, it receives very little rainfall making it a desert island.

Despite the luxurious resorts on the north side of the island, the rest of  Aruba resembles much of Mexico or the southwest United States. In spite of this, it is a beautiful island a worthy of a visit.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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