Aruba, a small Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, is an autonomous dependency of the Netherlands. Flat and without rivers, it is renowned for its white sandy beaches and tropical but moderate climate. It lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt and persistent light winds give a distinctive shape to the watapana, or “divi-divi”, trees projecting from the generally sparse vegetation.  Tourism is the island’s main source of income. Aruba has its very own species of burrowing owl, called the shoco. Aruba country page


Image accompanying a memoir describing the pleasures of walking in Oranjestad, the capital of the Dutch island of Aruba
Rambles in Oranjestad
Ravi Shankar   Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, is a delightful little town named after the Dutch Royal House of Orange. Many locals still refer to downtown Oranjestad by its...
Image accompanying an account of a visit to the wilder parts of Aruba
Aruba’s Wild Side
Ravi Shankar   The heat was rising in waves from my body. I was drenched in sweat and my tongue and mouth were dry. My lips were gummed together. My...