Aruba, nicknamed “One Happy Island,” is a tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, has dry, sunny weather, blond beaches and gentle surf. Constant trade winds bring cool breezes and cause the divi-divi trees to slope southwesterly. European influence shows in architecture that features Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels. It’s also evident in language, with English, Dutch and Spanish spoken alongside the local tongue, Papiamento. We visited Aruba in the Spring of 2011 and stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba – Beach Resort & Casino. We enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather, snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach and lots of delicious food.