Aruba is one of the most Americanized islands in the Caribbean. It's always summer here, and almost always dry, with an average temperature of 82 degrees. Aruba is located in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles from the South American coastline. The island is 19.6 miles long and six miles across at its widest point, with a total area of 70 square miles. Unlike Netherland Antilles sister islands, Bonaire and Curacao, Aruba's topography and vegetation are unusual for a Caribbean island.