|Aruba . . . A Happy Island
"Aruba, let me guess, somewhere in the Caribbean, close to the equator, but that's about all I know," is the typical response of most travelers who have not yet visited this spirited little island. Deep in the Caribbean, Aruba is located 19 miles off the coast of Venezuela and 40 miles off the coast of Columbia. Where the trade winds steadily blow and the threat of hurricanes and tropical storms are nil. But don't let this little 70 square mile island fool you. It's a powerhouse of ambition and natural energy. In fact there is so much energy on the island that visitor will find an abundant supply of gas and electricity. Aruba also houses the 2nd largest desalinization plant in the world making their water some of the best quality anywhere.
Not many other island boast temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees every day and all night but Aruba is constant, having no need of weather reporters on any Aruban television stations. The homes and businesses are kept wide opened quite literally with doors and windows ajar inviting in all who want access. Air conditioners run inside of building while doors and windows remain open giving the island a feeling of abundance. You won't find signs encouraging visitors or residents to conserve energy either, with the Dutch gas and electric plant in full steam the Arubian people have probably never lived more prosperously.
Tourism to Aruba is relatively new, prior to 40 years ago, the island main economic growth was from the oil refinery and earlier it was from the Aloe plants that grew on much of the acreage on Aruba. Today the refinery is still in tact employing hundreds of residents and the aloe fields have achieved new heights under the management of Michel A. Henriquez.
But tourism has made it's mark and continues to be the economic engine that provides abundance to the residence who work so hard welcoming it's visitors.
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