Courtesy of Pat Lanuke
Aruba With Me
WHERE: Aruba, officially the Country of Aruba, it is one of four countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands physically located in the mid-south of the Caribbean Sea, about 29 kilometres north of the Venezuela peninsula of Paraguaná and 80 kilometres northwest of Curaçao. It is catalogued among the Leeward Antilles , namely, those islands that have an arid climate in comparison with the rest of the Caribbean, as evidenced by the vegetation consisting mainly of shrubs and cacti. The three islands that once belonged to the Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire) are sometimes called ABC Islands. HOW TO GET THERE: There aren’t any direct flights to Aruba, but with a stopover in Toronto or the US there are lots of options with Air Canada, Westjet and United. Or travel as I did on a cruise line. INFORMATION: Aruba is known for soft white coral sands, alluring turquoise waters, and a positive, magnetic energy. Just 70 square miles in size, this pocket-sized island shines year-round, due to its protected location just off the coast of South America. Lots of things to see & do – wind fuelled watersports, colorful architecture, amazing sunsets, aloe vera plantation and Arikok National Park to name a few. A few of my colleagues were brave enough to try the scorpion shot! CLIMATE: In Aruba, the climate is tropical semi-arid, hot all year round: daytime temperatures hover around 30/33 degrees Celsius (86/91°F) throughout the year; the air is muggy, but the wind tempers the heat. The trade winds blow constantly, and the east coast is affected by strong sea currents, while the western and southern coasts are more sheltered, and made of sandy beaches. The wind is more intense from February to August, in the driest period, and less intense in October and November. Precipitation is scarce, in fact, it amounts to around 450 millimeters (18 inches) per year. Located on the southern edge of the belt, hurricanes are rare. INTERESTING FACTS: Aruba is a flat island, and owing to the scarcity of rain water and streams, the water is desalinated from the sea. REAL ESTATE: We have a lovely REALTOR ® on the island who gave us a tour of two wonderful complexes. The first a new luxury apartment building being built at Eagle beach with prices starting at $US 641,900 and the second at the Gold coast located next to Aruba’s golf course, comprising of villas, townhomes and apartments with prices starting at a more affordable US$245,000.
Pat Lanuke c: 403.510.7041 b: 403.265.8887 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.athomeincalgary.ca “The greatest compliment my clients can give me is the referral of family and friends!” Sather Real Estate Pro Brokers Ltd.
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