Aruba - Profile
- Aruba together with Bonaire and Curacao form the ABC islands. They are the three western-most islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean and Aruba is the westernmost of the ABCs.
- Aruba lies just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela. The island is 20 miles at its longest and 6 miles at its widest. The southern, leeward side of the island has long stretches of white sand beaches, while the northern coast has a more rugged and dramatic landscape.
- Aruba is a flat island, exposed to the ocean currents. Bonaire and Curaçao are surrounded by reefs, and so are much more sheltered from the weather.
- Aruba is an autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island has the same status as the Netherlands Antilles.
- The official language is Dutch, but English and Spanish as well as a local dialect called Papiamento are spoken.
- The island is a convenient last stop for yachts heading for Panama, however because of the amount of officialdom here, Bonaire and Curaçao tend to be more popular stops with cruisers.
- The new Renaissance Marina in Oranjestad has improved the previously poor yachting facilities.
Based on reports to Noonsite from cruisers, petty theft from yachts is on the rise in the Caribbean in general. Cruisers should take basic safety precautions and use common sense when leaving the boat or going ashore at night. Dinghy thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and best advice is to place your dinghy on deck and chain it overnight.
The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (email@example.com) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.
The Caribbean Security Index (CSI) is a a tool to assist cruisers in assessing the probability of crime at ports and anchorages throughout the Caribbean. The CSI provides a means of assessing risk in a given area.
Also be sure to check the noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages
Last updated October 2015.
Aruba lies outside the hurricane belt and has a dry climate. Temperatures are higher from August to October, although there is not a great difference to the cooler months, which are from December to February.
For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.
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