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What it's Like to Retire in Aruba

Aruba is a country on a small island just off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. A popular tourist spot, the island has countless time shares and hotels. A desert island, it has prevailing winds that create trees with branches going in one direction called Divi-Divi trees. Tourists can count on good weather, in fact it is considered outside of the hurricane belt. There are 100,000 residents. According to Wikipedia: "Aruba, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, form the Kingdom of the Netherlands,  The citizens of these countries all share a single nationality: Dutch. Aruba's capital is Oranjestad. Photo of Palm Beach courtesy of Wikipedia and Atilin; photo of Royal Plaza displaying Dutch architecture in Oranjestad courtesy of Wikipedia and David et Magalie.

 

Where to Retire in Aruba and Home Prices

Aruba is divided into eight regions with the capital city of Oranjestad the most populated as is Noord. Homes can be purchased from the $100's to the millions. There are many housing choices including condos, villas, timeshares and land leases. Expats may find the cost of living is higher here than living in the U.S.
 

What is special about Aruba

Weather, beautiful beaches, outdoor recreation and nightlife
 

What is not special about Aruba

Aruba is a very popular tourist destination
 

Who will like retirement in Aruba

Retirees looking for beautiful water, beaches, and weather would enjoy living here. There is sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking, along with historical sites to explore and lots of great seafood.
 

Local economy is driven by

Tourism, mining and aloe exports
 

Climate and Physical Environment

The island's temperature is in the 80's in January and the 90's in July, and experiences constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean, which come from the north-east. The annual rainfall is about 18 inches but varies between El Nino years which may only bring 6 inches of rain and La Nina years when Aruba may see about 40 inches.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The population of Aruba is made up of over 90 nationalities representing more than 130 countries so it boasts many cultural activities and festivals along with museums, galleries, and music venues. Several restaurants such as Wacky Wahoos and Zeerovers offer local cuisine, and there are many fine dining restaurants as well as beach bars on the island.
 

Crime

Aruba has a low crime rate, and mainly involving theft.
 

Medical facilities

There is a full-service hospital in the capital city of Oranjestad.
 

Transportation

There is an International Airport here and the island does have bus service and many taxis.
 

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