Aruba's such an odd duck. Clearly it's a commercialized vacation mecca for the beach-inclined who want to swim in fruity drinks, slather on tanning oils and eat mediocre buffet food, but like so many of these spots, there are little pockets of hold-out locality, scrapping to retain that original thing. The trick, of course, is to wander. Seek. Get loose. I know we didn't find everything here, but a few fun local "taxi" rides put us in all manner of odd ball spots. Enjoy, won't you? I know I did. Hopefully someday I'll have the time and funds to return with a little more adventurous nature to seek out the rest of what Aruba's hiding behind its McDonald's billboards and cruise ship jewelry shops.
All photos available in various sizes and finishes at my SmugMug Site: Bits and Bobs from Aruba