Why Aruba Is the Caribbean Island You Have to Visit in 2018

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Travel + Leisure’s “Why Aruba Is the Caribbean Island You Have to Visit in 2018,” gives an overview of Aruba’s eco-friendly movement, unspoiled beaches, excellent cuisine, farming initiatives, preservation of beaches, and biking. Here are excerpts:

The thought of Aruba conjures up images of fofoti trees leaning lazily over white sand beaches; of tangled mangroves shading still, turquoise waters. But those who venture beyond the idyllic west coast will find it’s an island of topographical contradictions: Just minutes from those familiar tropical scenes, cacti rise from arid earth while volcanic cliffs are beaten down by powerful surf to the east.

Together, these dramatic landscapes form one breathtaking isle, but they make sustainability a complicated matter. In recent years, Aruba’s government has ramped up efforts to boost local farming, chefs have begun to focus on locally grown ingredients, and more hotels have turned their attention toward eco-friendly operations. [. . .]

Fighting for Farming

Many know of Aruba’s innovative aloe farm, reaping the medicinal and cosmetic benefits of the plant since the late 19th century, and it’s also used locally in smoothies and salads. But produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, bell peppers, squash, beans, melons, and dragonfruit are also grown on small farms scattered throughout the island — with the goal of self-sufficiency, not exporting.

“The government has always been involved in encouraging people to plant,” Jonathan Boekhoudt of Aruba Tourism Authority explains, “but in the last eight years [they] have been more aggressive in their approach.” [. . .]

For full article, see Travel + Leisure.

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