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The PARAGUANá PENINSULA (Spanish pronunciation: ) is a peninsula in Venezuela
Venezuela
, situated in the north of Falcón State , and comprises the municipalities of Carirubana, Los Taques and Falcón. The island of Aruba
Aruba
lies 27 km to the north. Bonaire
Bonaire
and Curaçao
Curaçao
are slightly further away. The Paraguaná Peninsula
Peninsula
is connected to the rest of the state by a natural isthmus of Médanos . The Peninsula
Peninsula
contains two oil refineries , in the West city of Punto Fijo . The output of these refinieries is shipped internationally through the ports of Amuay and Cardón. The Peninsula
Peninsula
of Paraguana lies in the Caribbean
Caribbean
.

The peninsula lies in the Paraguana xeric scrub ecoregion. Because it is completely surrounded by water, the peninsula is sometimes called an island, and is sometimes considered as part of the Leeward Antilles .

ECONOMY

Paraguana currently contains two large oil refineries, and the largest oil refinery complex, the Paraguaná Refinery Complex . Most of the oil that PDVSA acquires is processed in this complex. Many engineers that worked in the refineries have moved to the United States to work at Citgo
Citgo
.

Paraguana is a duty-free zone, so many international shops, notably Arabian, have opened.

While most of the economy is centered on the oil industry, tourism is growing. While most of the tourists come from other parts of Venezuela, many tourists come from surrounding countries such as Colombia
Colombia
, Aruba
Aruba
, Bonaire
Bonaire
, Curaçao
Curaçao
, and even a few tourists from the United States. The beaches serve as a large part of tourist attraction. There is a luxury beachfront hotel called Eurobuilding Villa Caribe. Paraguana also takes advantage of the duty-free shopping for tourism and opened a Paraguana Mall which is used for that. Two shopping malls are in the area. The mall, Las Virtudes, attracts a lot of people, and the mall, Sambil Paraguana , attracts many tourists, and has a luxury hotel, Lidotel, in it. Western news sources point to Paraguaná as being an ongoing construction site for launch purposes in connection with Iranian-manufactured and imported ballistic missiles to the Bolivarian Republic under agreement of the late president, Hugo Chavez