We ventured outside of the quiet confines of Palm Beach and the resort amenities to take a jeep tour of the island. The tour starts on the south west end of the island by the California light house and travels along the north shore of the island to the Aruba National Park and the Natural Pool. The coast is dotted with fishing shacks set up by the locals for camping and fishing. Once you pass the light house and the golf courses, there is very little if any housing or development on this side of the island which consists of rocky, desert terrain wind swept by the constant trade winds.
Most interesting were the travels through the Aruban neighborhoods. They live a simple life and rely heavily on the turism and refinery industries to provide jobs. Almost everything is imported as agriculture is almost non-existent and they rely on water purficiation plants to provide drinking and water for daily use. They only receive about 18 inches of rain fall annually.
Here are some pictures from the tour.