The beaches curve like an Aruban smile along the western shores, soft and white and fringed with palm trees, sloping gently toward the calm, transparent turquoise of the Caribbean. The waves of the Atlantic crash like incessant thunder against the northern cliffs, carving high, arched coral bridges and deep, dark, secret limestone grottoes. Between the two extremes, in a desert landscape where the cacti grow to the height of a man, great building-sized tumbles of boulders stand like the legacy of some ancient, angry god. Winding roads lead to rocky passes and hidden coves, or sometimes to nowhere at all. Green parakeets call to their mates, and troupials flash billiant orange against the deep blue of the Caribbean sky. This is not the Caribbean as usual. This is Aruba. And, if it's true that opposites attract, then this could well be the most attractive island of them all. Aruba lies at the heart of the southern Caribbean, about two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami, Florida and within easy flying distance of other U.S. cities. The island is 19.6 miles long, and six miles across at its widest point, with a total area of 70 square miles. Topography and vegetation are unusual for a Caribbean island. On the south and west coasts are miles of pristine white beaches that rank among the most beautiful in the world, rimmed by calm blue seas with visibility in some areas to a depth of a hundred feet. The northeast coast, along the Atlantic shore, is rugged and wild. The interior is desert-like, with a variety of cacti and dramatic rock formations. In Aruba, it's not just the golden sand that glitters, it's also the Aruban florins, Dutch guilders, French francs, Italian lira, Spanish pesetas, and American dollars that flash under the bright lights of the island's 11 casinos. These casinos and large resort hotels filled with package tourists somewhat disturb the peace and beauty of this low, dry, beach-ringed island.
Start: December 16, 2019
End: December 19, 2019
Departs: Miami International Airport
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