Aruba is the last island we visited on this cruise. It is part of the Southern Caribbean chain of the Lesser Antilles. Like Curacao, it is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Sometimes, it felt more like Arizona than a Caribbean island. Because of the arid climate, there is no farming done and all their food has to be imported. The only grass I saw was at resorts; most people there can't afford to waste water on grass.
The California Lighthouse, named after a shipwreck near the site.
Open bazaars selling items from China.
The downtown area is modern with high-end shopping and casinos.
I wonder how many years it will be before I can hear "Aruba" without instantly thinking of Natalie Holloway.