|We arrived in Aruba around 6:30 am and some left the ship as early as 7:30 am. Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean and lies north of Venezuela and east of Colombia. The weather in Aruba is mostly warm, dry, and sunny. Due to a tropical marine climate, temperatures remain stable around a pleasant 82 degrees and today did not disappoint, although an afternoon shower did come up shortly after we left the port. Aruba lies outside of the hurricane belt, so the weather is almost always wonderful. In 1986 Aruba became its own country, although it is still a Dutch protectorate. English is widely spoken and US dollars are accepted everywhere. The highlights to see in Aruba include the California Lighthouse named after the S.S. California which sunk off the coast of Aruba and the beaches. Aruba is famous for gorgeous, palm-tree lined white sandy beaches which are home to calm clear waters, making them perfect locations for swimming, snorkeling, and catching some sun. For those that went on an excursion today, some snorkeled, some others toured the island, while some spent a couple of hours at Moomba beach. Be sure to check out some pictures at www.funchaserstravelclub.shutterfly.com. It was a short port of call in Arub as we left there shortly after noon, heading for Cartegena, Colombia.