Isle of thorns

On arid Aruba, hardy cacti are traditionally used to make living fences

  • Photo by Claude Huot/

Think of Caribbean vegetation, and the images that come to mind are probably coconut trees fringing the coast, or lush hillside rainforest. But the arid landscape of the ABC islands — Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, off the coast of Venezuela — is better suited to less thirsty flora, like the hardy cacti traditionally used in Aruba to create living fences.