There’s a reason seasoned tourists and beach enthusiasts return to the island of Aruba year after year. Is it the year-round 82-degree weather? The world renowned beaches? Or perhaps the allure of the outstanding cuisine? It’s all of that, and more. Aruba, an island located in the southern Caribbean, is continuing to gain popularity as one of the hottest vacation destinations in the world. With the recent addition of direct flights from major U.S. cities, getting to this destination gem is an island breeze, adding even more appeal for the adventurous tourist. You may wonder what sets Aruba apart from the string of Caribbean islands that attract vacationers every year. For most people, it’s the surprisingly dry climate and ideal locale below the hurricane belt. Unlike many of the other islands, visitors can generally expect warm and sunny weather all year round, without threatening afternoon thunderstorms or the unfortunate likelihood of a hurricane ruining a perfectly planned summer vacation or honeymoon. According to the official tourism site, Aruba, which locals refer to as “one happy island,” has the most sunny days of any island in the Caribbean. Throw in the white sand beaches, 5-star accommodations, and adventurous excursions, and you’ll see why so many people start. You can read more about our favorite summer getaway, including where to stay, eat, and play on Page 142 of our June/July Issue at http://magazine.clichemag.com.