Aruba, a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond beaches and gentle surf. Constant trade winds bring cool breezes and cause the divi-divi trees to slope southwesterly. European influence shows in architecture that features Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels.
Aruba boasts many species of native (and a few introduced) birds, and some of these are quite common and tame around the resorts and hotels. Others must be sought out at special places like Arakok National Park, Spanish Lagoon, Bubali Bird Sanctuary, and the Salina (natural salt pan flats north of the hi-rise district).
Aruba’s semi-arid climate, diverse flora and fauna, and unique landscapes of beaches, reefs, mangroves, marshes, rolling countryside, and lushly landscaped resorts are havens for species that take up permanent residence, as well as those species just passing through for rest and refueling before journeying on to North or South America.
Magnificent Frigatebird © Paul Davis
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