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Aruba is a 33-kilometre (21 mi)-long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, 27 km (17 mi) north of the Paraguaná Peninsula, Falcón State, Venezuela. It is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. As a separate member state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba has no administrative subdivisions. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm sunny weather. It has a land area of 193 km² (75 sq mi) and lies outside the hurricane belt.
Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela
Geographic coordinates: 12° 30' N, 69° 58' W
Coastline km: 68.5 km km
Climate: tropical marine; little seasonal temperature variation
Terrain: flat with a few hills; scant vegetation
Elevation: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Jamanota 188 m
Natural hazards: lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt
Currency: Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)
Population: 71,891 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish
Divisions: none (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
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|Dive sites (10)||Quality||Avg depth||Max depth||Experience||Dive type|
|Antilla Wreck||15 / -||13.7 m||18.3 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Baby Beach||2 / -||15 m||15 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|Barcadera Reef||- / -||13.7 m||15.2 m||All divers|
|Barge||- / -||4.6 m||6.1 m||All divers|
|Jane C||5 / -||25.9 m||27.7 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Pedernales Wreck||- / -||8.5 m||10.7 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Rocky Beach||5 / -||10 m||30 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Sonesta Plane Wreck||1 / -||16.8 m||26.2 m||All divers|
|Sponge reef||- / -||12 m||12 m||CMAS * / OW|
|YS-11 Airplane||- / -||10 m||12 m||CMAS * / OW|
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