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Aruba For Kids: The Best Beaches, Attractions & Experiences

published on January 4, 2023 by
An Aruba family vacation is sure to be fun for all members of your crew, filled with all kinds of family friendly activities and experiences. 

Aruba isn’t just a tropical paradise. The island is also one of the most family friendly destinations in the Caribbean. An Aruba family vacation is sure to be fun for all members of your crew, filled with all kinds of unforgettable activities and experiences. 

Family Friendly Aruba Beaches

  • Baby Beach: As its name suggests, this crescent-shaped Aruba beach in San Nicolas is great for your little ones — indeed, it regularly tops the list of best beaches for kids in the Caribbean. The water is clear and shallow, and the waves are almost always gentle. For those who want a little more adventure, you can wade out further to a designated snorkeling area to see what’s happening beneath the waves. 
  • Palm Beach: Two miles of perfect sun, sand and surf, Palm Beach is the epitome of a glorious Caribbean beach. It’s located just steps from most of Aruba’s best resorts, giving it a lively atmosphere year-round — but don’t worry, there’s plenty of space for everyone. Water sports are big here, too, whether you’re in the mood for windsurfing, snorkeling, swimming or just splashing around. Oh, and you’re definitely going to want to stick around for the sunset … 
  • Eagle Beach: Recently named the fifth-best beach in the world by TripAdvisor, Eagle Beach delivers soft white sands, sparkling turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. In other words, everything you and family are looking for in a beach. It’s a good place to learn about local wildlife, too: Eagle Beach is home to nesting sea turtles, which you can enjoy from a respectful distance. 

Things To Do With Kids In Aruba

  • Arikok National Park: A fun fact about Aruba is that 20 percent of the island is a preserved national park. Arikok is an outdoor adventure playground for families, with a diverse collection of landscapes and wildlife. The most popular spot here is Conchi, a unique spot that forms a natural pool. 
  • Atlantis Submarines: Take a trip under the waves! Atlantis Submarines let you experience Aruba’s aquatic wonders in a comfortable and stylish fashion. It’s like scuba diving — except you won’t get wet and no certification is required. The submarine takes you 130 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, drifting past dazzling coral reefs, two shipwrecks and a beautiful array of colorful marine life. 
  • Aruba Butterfly Sanctuary: Kids will love this Aruba attraction, which is set amidst a lush tropical rainforest where thousands of exotic butterflies fly free. Good to know: set your alarm and visit the Butterfly Sanctuary in the morning. That’s when the butterflies are most active. 
  • Oranjestad: Aruba’s capital city is a place like no other, where Caribbean style meets classic Dutch architecture. As you wander the streets or Oranjestad, you’ll find a host of great shops to browse for that perfect Aruba souvenir, along with some of the island’s best restaurants. Take some time to explore Fort Zoutman, which protected Aruba from pirates back in the seafaring days. 

Where To Stay In Aruba

  • Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club: RedWeek’s #1 timeshare rental resort for 2022 and 2023, Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club is ideal for families of all sizes, with easy access to Palm Beach, a wide selection of pools and spacious living and dining areas in the suites. 
  • Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club: Another Palm Beach-adjacent option, Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club two-bedroom oceanfront or ocean-view villas give families plenty of room, in addition to fully equipped kitchens. The resort is also home to a great children’s pool that gives your young kids a place for splash-filled fun. 
  • Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort: This Aruba resort has all the amenities your family is looking for — pools, beach access, roomy suites and more. But it’s also located right next to a wildlife sanctuary, ensuring that eco-adventures are always just moments away. 

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