Debbie Kunder

Ever since it was first brought to Aruba by the Dutch in 1840, the aloe vera plant has made a happy home on our little island, absolutely thriving in Aruba's semi-arid tropical climate.While aloe is certainly decorative, locals have always embraced this plant primarily for its curative properties. Of course, aloe is still used today on the island to bring about wellness. Check out the 7 unique ways that aloe was traditionally used by local Arubans to cure any number of ailments.  

Debbie Kunder

My husband’s cousin, Binney, and her 6-year-old daughter, Nilla, recently visited for a 10-day vacation. After a few days of hitting the beaches in the resort areas with them, I decided to change things up a bit. We packed the car with some chairs and beach toys and set off towards Baby Beach at the southern tip of the island.

One of the reasons I like going to Baby Beach so much is that you have to pass through Pos Chikito to get there. Pos Chikito is the home of Mangel Halto beach (another must-visit beach), and it’s also the home of Tia Rosa Snack.