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.

Debbie Kunder

Aruba is not your typical lush Caribbean island. Sure, the impeccable landscaping in the hotel areas certainly has a tropical air to it, but as soon as you venture into the “real” Aruba, you’ll encounter dry desert terrain where the vegetation mostly consists of scraggly, wind-shaped trees (like the divi divi or the kwihi), prickly bushes (like the hubada), different varieties of cactai (including the impressive towering candlestick variety), and lots and lots of aloe.

Jane Vermaas

Many travelers visit Aruba in search of authentic Caribbean music and art. Known as a melting pot of over 96 distinct nationalities, Aruba has all kinds of different authentic cultural experiences to offer, and the best way to access them is by attending a music or art festival on the One Happy Island.

Here we have compiled a top 10 list of Aruba’s best Music, Culture and Art festivals for 2016: