Traveling with kids can be a hurdle, but it can also be one of the most fulfilling times in their lives as well as yours. For families traveling with young kids up to teenagers, there are many ways in which Aruba is the best address for your next family vacation. Almost everything on the island is provisioned to families and you can easily find cheap, fun, and easy things to do that will entertain family members of all ages. Here are a few travel ideas for kid-friendly pursuits in Aruba that will keep you busy until you get back on the airplane!
First of all, Aruba is beset by some of the Caribbean’s most stunning beaches. From Palm Beach to Baby Beach, Eagle Beach, and more you’ll never run out of wonderful stretches of beach, countless waves, and stunning views! Hours and even days can be spent engaging in the exquisite waters, making sandcastles and enjoying each other’s company under the brilliant Caribbean sun. Consider renting a camping space or barbequing on the beach where you can rest, relax, and watch the sunset over the water. Other ocean sports involve snorkeling for those who want to see the stunning sea life around Aruba’s coast, and scuba diving lessons for those who want to get up close and intimate to the wildlife and shipwrecks that make the island one of the most famous diving destinations in the world.
Rent a Jeep and drive on Aruba’s wild side, where kids and adults alike will get to see parts of the island unreachable by other forms of transportation. Take a horseback ride through the forests of inland Aruba and get the best ocean scene from atop a rocky bluff. For more animal adventures check out the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, the Butterfly Farm, the Aruba Ostrich Farm, the wildlife viewpoint in Arikok National Park, and the Donkey Sanctuary. Nature lovers will savor the possibility to explore the vibrant tide pools and weather-beaten rock formations that make Aruba interesting- from rock arches and sea caves, the events to explore are endless.
Wander around historic downtown Oranjestad which has a plethora of museums, cultural activities, and green spaces where kids can play to their hearts’ content. Take a visit to the dunes, gold mines, or the Kibaima Miniature Village and Park where kids can run around a mini-Aruba complete with miniature houses and a playground. There are several family-friendly and casual restaurants where kids will find familiar menus and fun atmospheres where they can rest and relax before heading back out into the world once more. Of course, these restaurants all offer options for adults as well!
Blue Parrotfish Water Park also offers a fabulous day of family fun in the sun where kids and adults can ride roller coasters, slides, and splash in the pools all day long.
When it comes to family-friendly pursuits in Aruba you don’t have to look very far!