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Aruba's Made for Families

The lively Caribbean island is an ideal family getaway

If it rains, the Aruba Model Train Museum will keep the kids happy while mom and dad take turns at the casinos.
If you think that Aruba seems better suited to the single you or honeymooning you than to the family you, think again. Nicknamed “The Happy Island,” Aruba isn’t just about rest and relaxation on its white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters. A wide variety of accommodations – from charming boutique hotels to all-inclusive resorts – come jam-packed with activities sure to appeal to all members in the family.

Aruba has always been a top vacation spot for families, due in large part to the array of activities offered at properties, from sand castle building and shell hunting tours to Papiamento language lessons and merengue dancing,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority.

Entertainment isn’t limited to just the resorts, though. There’s fun to be had on all corners of the 70-square-mile Caribbean island. Snorkeling around shipwrecks, off-roading through the island’s rugged landscape, and visiting the Butterfly Farm are among the headlining attractions. Baby Beach is a half-moon sandy expanse in a calm lagoon with waters shallow enough for the kiddos. Arikok National Park’s caves, covert beaches, cacti, and indigenous fauna cover nearly 20 percent of the island and make a great place for exploring.

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