My husband had been singing the praises of Aruba for the past three years. Everyone we knew had something great to say about Aruba. But I'll admit, I was reluctant to take the bait. My images of Aruba were of high rise hotels, wall-to-wall bodies on the beach, and casinos galore. Not exactly the place for two little kids. Oh, and did I mention we don't like to stay at hotels? My son has a tree nut allergy, so renting a home-away-from-home with cooking facilities provides great peace of mind.
But after reading more about the great beaches and interesting terrain of the island (and finding a well-priced direct flight), we were on our way. Luckily, we found a great little place in Malmok right on Boca Catalina beach. Aruba turned out to be amazing.