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Things to do in Aruba, For Families


Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourist Authority.
Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourist Authority.

See also a selection of Aruba Beach Resorts

Aruba is generally known as a safe and friendly island.

  • former Dutch colony, like Bonaire and Curacao
  • outside the hurricane zone
  • size is 70 square miles
  • 43 nationalities!
  • look for traditional Dutch-style houses

Local Lingo : Papiamento is a lilting mixture of Portuguese, Spanish, French, Dutch, English, and more

Safety and comfort level : This island gets "A" for safety from the writers of Caribbean With Kids , who emphasize the "Bon Bini" welcoming attitude to visitors.

Keep in mind:

  • the Atlantic coast is rugged with big-time waves
  • don't expect a lush island (except for landscaped resorts) ; picture instead a desert terrain
  • flight time direct from New York is 4 hours. From Miami: 2-1/2 hours.

Family Activities - Things to do in Aruba

  • explore the underseas with Atlantis Submarine
  • explore the island in a rented jeep
  • visit the Butterfly Farm
  • go horseback riding
  • do watersports: the island has coral, so be sure to go snorkeling. Ages 12 and up can try scuba; younger kids can perhaps try " snuba".
  • visit the town of Oranjestad, which has historic sections with tall multi-colored buildings. Tira Koochi Park has a playground (limited hours)
  • visit Kibaima Miniature Village and Park, with mini-versions of typical Aruban houses, and a playground
  • see the "natural bridge" carved out of rock on the Atlantic coast; or visit sand dunes; or old gold mines.

Check Aruba.com for island-wide promotions, usually in off-season, with features such as kids stay free, free kids' activities, free sightseeing, sailing and snorkeling outings, discount for Atlantis Submarines, free day of car rental.
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