Finding suitable accommodation for families with kids can be challenging, but it’s where any unforgettable vacation starts. Luckily, Aruba has resorts that are splurging on amenities for parents and children offering kids’ menus, kiddy pools, supervised children’s programs and family events among other childcare services, like babysitting or baby essentials. Booking the right resort is only a matter of budget and availability.
Snorkeling — Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp
Both kids and adults will love the island’s soft, white sands and crystal clear waters. Days or weeks will be filled with beach strolling, sunbathing, sandcastle building, snorkeling and plain old swimming. And although most of the resorts are located right on Palm Beach, a trip to the other side of the island is highly recommended. Aruba has many gorgeous beaches, like Baby Beach and Rodger’s Beach. You can even enjoy a natural pool, if everyone is up to an adventurous jeep tour through the island’s most rigid terrain.
A perfect way to get to know your destination is by exploring it. Go for scenic drives along the coastline, hiking in Arikok National Park, rolling off the sand dunes at Boca Prins, taking the Atlantis Submarine underwater excursion to discover Aruba’s incredible marine life, sailing along Aruba’s coastline on a catamaran, a yacht or a pirate ship. Still have energy left? Take an action-filled tour to Mangel Halto by kayaking past beautiful mangrove bays, lagoons and hidden caves.
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba — Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp
For families with little kids, Aruba has many options. In Alto Vista there’s an incredible habitat for more than 52 local and exotic species, called Philip’s Animal Garden. Donkey lovers can even help with the daily chores by feeding and caring for Aruba’s donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary.
If the kids can’t get enough of the flora and fauna, no problem. The Aruba Ostrich Farm is close to the Bushiribana gold mill ruins and has a fun, interactive tour for kids plus a playground. If parents want all the fun within reach, the Butterfly Farm is a perfect alternative. It’s located at the beginning of the high rise strip.
Even though there won’t be a dull moment in Aruba for visitors of any age with activities on offer such as parasaiiing, fishing, boating, diving and surfing, it’s still important to mention the all-inclusive De Palm Island. Here, families can enjoy a half or a full day of water slides, snorkeling, bananaboating, sea trekking (underwater helmet walk) and lots of beach fun and games.
Learn about the island’s history and culture by visiting the kid-friendly and interactive National Archeological Museum Aruba and the Historical Museum Of Aruba at Fort Zoutman. Both are located in downtown Oranjestad and exhibit an interesting collection of Aruba’s oldest artifacts, art and ancient skeletons. Wondering what to do with all this knowledge? Put it to the test!
Ayo Rock Formations — Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp
Aruba has amazing rock formations and caves with ancient Indian drawings. What better way to discover these treasures than by visiting the Casibari and the Ayo Rock Formations, or the Quadirikiri and Fontein Caves in Arikok National Park. Go ahead, go back in time and don’t mind the bats. They’re used to time travelers.