Aruba is an island located in the southern Caribbean Sea only 27 km (17 mi) from the coast of Venezuela. The island is 32 km (20 mi) long and has a population of about 110,000. Aruba has been a Dutch colony since 1636. In 1845 it was joined with the other Dutch islands of the West Indies to form the Netherlands Antilles. It left that federation in 1986 and has been a separate self-governing country of the Netherlands since then. It is a popular tourist destination, and one of its best known historical attractions is the "California" lighthouse seen at right.
The lighthouses are presumably maintained by the Aruba Ports Authority, a corporation owned by the government. The Dutch word for a lighthouse is vuurtoren.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 110.
Noordwestpunt (California) Light, Arashi, January 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Angela Sevin
Willem III Tower, Oranjestad, 2010
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Ian Sewell
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Checked and revised December 24, 2013. Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.