Aruba is with an area of 74sq mi a small island. Aruba lies in the Caribean sea just a mere 15mi north of Venezuela and 42mi northwest of Curaçao. Aruba is for the most part flat, only the eastern side is somewhat hilly. The biggest hill is the Jamanota of 617ft, the most famous hill is the Hooiberg (which lies between Santa Cruz and Oranjestad).
Because of the strong northeast trade wind the northeastern part of Aruba is virtually uninhabited. The coastline is rocky and the sea is wild. These wild sea has created a lot of impressive geological phenomena. North of Santa Cruz lies the Baby Natural Bridge, a natural bridge created by erosion from the sea.
The southwestern part of Aruba is where all beaches are. The sea is relatively calm and there are many natural reefs that act as breakwaters. Also almost all dive sites are located in the southwest.