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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 ParaguanÃ¡ Peninsula, FalcÃ³n 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 kmÂ² (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 (11)||Quality||Avg depth||Max depth||Experience||Dive type|
|Antilla Wreck||15 / -||13.7 m||18.3 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Arashi Reef||- / -||12.2 m||16.8 m||All divers|
|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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