Aruba is part of the Netherlands Antilles, one of the “A-B-C” lower Caribbean islands that include Aruba, Bon Aire and Curacao. Nestled 19 miles off the coast of Venezuela, it’s well out of the hurricane belt and offers some of the best weather around: it’s always 80-odd degrees with a refreshing breeze. The beaches stretch out for miles, all long, white, clean sand. The lee side of the island is home to Palm Beach, an enclave of resorts and tourist hotels boasting clear, warm, gentle waters that have to be experienced to be believed. It’s an island paradise where stunning desert vistas meet the flawless sea, the Aruban government rules efficiently and fairly, the food is just fantastic and everyone you meet has manners better than yours. Is this a great place to ride a big touring motorcycle? You betcha.