Aruba Family Vacations

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Families Will Love

  • Long stretches of soft sand and calm sea
  • Gorgeous weather with little rainfall
  • Divi-divi trees bent by the tradewinds

Aruba Family Vacations Overview

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Come to Aruba for its beaches -- long stretches of soft sand that edges the calm, turquoise sea -- and the array of amazing restaurants and hotels. Instead of lush green forests, like the ones on many Caribbean islands, Aruba spreads out in a desert-like landscape of red dirt, cacti and divi-divi (watapana) trees whose arched branches are bent by the island's constant tradewinds. Those breezes, 15 to 25 knots in summer and 10 to 20 knots in winter, keep you comfortable.

With less than 20 inches of rain a year, mostly in November and December, Aruba virtually guarantees sunny weather. Even in late summer and fall -- when much of the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda can count on afternoon rain and possibly hurricanes -- Aruba may receive a few showers but no storms, since the island lies below the traditional hurricane belt. Combine little rain and constant breezes with low hotel rates, and you get a great off-season, budget-stretcher vacation.

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Come to Aruba for its beaches -- long stretches of soft sand that edges the calm, turquoise sea -- and the array of amazing restaurants and hotels. Instead of lush green forests, like the ones on many Caribbean islands, Aruba spreads out in a desert-like landscape of red dirt, cacti and divi-divi (watapana) trees whose arched branches are bent by the island's constant tradewinds. Those breezes, 15 to 25 knots in summer and 10 to 20 knots in winter, keep you comfortable.

With less than 20 inches of rain a year, mostly in November and December, Aruba virtually guarantees sunny weather. Even in late summer and fall -- when much of the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda can count on afternoon rain and possibly hurricanes -- Aruba may receive a few showers but no storms, since the island lies below the traditional hurricane belt. Combine little rain and constant breezes with low hotel rates, and you get a great off-season, budget-stretcher vacation.

For those adults interested, Aruba hosts 11 casinos, many attached to upscale hotels. Unlike in Las Vegas, where you have to walk through the casino to navigate the hotel, Aruba's resort casinos are located in buildings that adjoin the resorts without impinging on them.

Aruba, along with Bonaire and Curacao, form a trio of islands close to Venezuela that have a Dutch heritage. In 1986, Aruba gained autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles. The island is a separate entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In addition to Holland, the island's early settlers came from Africa, Spain, Portugal and South America. Papiamento developed from the mix of languages of African slaves, Portuguese missionaries and the Spanish and Dutch settlers. In March 2003, Papiamento became one of Aruba's official languages.

Here's some Papiamento to get your vacation started: "bon bini" (welcome) appears on many signs. If you need something, state "Mi kier" (I want). When you receive the item, say "Danki" (Thank you). If you're hungry, try "Mi tin hamber" (I'm hungry) -- and, if thirsty, "Mi tin sed." Are you having a good time? Then smile, and say "Tur kos ta bon" (Everything is going well).

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Kcrou923

06/11/2013

Wonderful vacation!

My husband and I and our son and granddaughter went to Aruba last summer. We stayed at a wonderful resort with a lazy river with a swim up bar and lots of amenities! The only thing I did not like was the sleeper sofa. Many hotels and resorts advertise these as a place to sleep. Our granddaught ... My husband and I and our son and granddaughter went to Aruba last summer. We stayed at a wonderful resort with a lazy river with a swim up bar and lots of amenities! The only thing I did not like was the sleeper sofa. Many hotels and resorts advertise these as a place to sleep. Our granddaughter is 12 and it was not at all comfortable for her to sleep on, the staff had a new mattress placed on the sleeper sofa and this was a big improvement. However most sleeper sofas in hotels or resorts are not anything you can get a good nights sleep on. We were able to walk to many restaurants and shopping was nearby which is always a plus. We want to definitely return to Aruba to this same resort, we all loved the lazy river and swim up bar, even our granddaughter would get her specialty non-alcoholic drinks and float around with friends she met on the lazy river. The swim up bars are so convenient you end up spending a lot of money on food and drink since you do not have to get out of the water. When looking for beach vacations we now try to find a resort with a lazy river and swim up bar. We also enjoy biking on bike trails, walking on the beach, snorkling and exploring the local areas on our vacations. Read More Read Less

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