Just how many synonyms are there for the word color?  Undoubtedly, the answer to this can be found on the island of Aruba.  This former Dutch colony within puddle jumping proximity to the coast of Venezuela, is well versed in the language of color.  From its rainless desert, carpeted in brilliant red ochre, where rosy flamingos frequent salt flats and frothy waves crash onto severe cliffs, to its lush colonial squares lined with pastel pink and blue mansions just steps from the glittering turquoise Caribbean Sea, it is hard to overlook the color that exists in even the darkest of Aruba's corners.  Everywhere you look, light and color give the visitor the effervescent rush of a glass of champagne. It seems as if the people here have transliterated the natural colors of their island, bequeathing meanings that nary a SPF clad tourist could decipher without patience. Indeed, color is emotive, it triggers our responses immediately. However, in Aruba color is more than emotional stimuli, it is a form of communication.  There's a rich history here, a remarkable heritage that extends far into the Pre-Columbian era.  Aruba has many stories to tell, and has chosen color as its raconteur. Such features make this breezy island an alluring destination--at least for a certain kind of traveler. 

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