Spring break is around the corner, and for many people that means it’s time to scratch the travel-itch. Airlines and resorts usually offer better rates around March than December, so Spring is definitely the perfect time to go all-out with a big family vacation! Not that you need an excuse to create memories that last a lifetime or that you need to be convinced that it’s a good idea to bond by doing fun, exciting and adventurous things together, but as you start to shop around for the best family-friendly spring break destination for 2017, there are 10 important reasons why Aruba should top your list.
10 Reasons Why Aruba is the Best Spring Break Destination for Families:
1. The Weather is Perfect, All-Year-Round!
Located outside the hurricane belt, home to the most sunny days in the entire Caribbean, blessed by cooling trade winds, and a constant 82° F temperature, Aruba boasts great weather year-round. Want to enjoy a guaranteed sunshine-filled spring break vacation for you and your family? Pack your backs, but don’t forget to bring your SPF sunscreen!
2. It’s Safe
Parents must be happy to read that Aruba is one of the safest Caribbean islands, as stated by the United Nations. With one of the highest GDP per capita in the region, Aruba has low unemployment rates, allowing for prosperity and contentment of the Arubans, which results in the low crime rate.
3. The Caribbean’s Best Beaches
Picture long and vast stretches of pristine white sand, bordered by the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side, and rows of beautiful palm trees or the iconic Fofoti trees on the other. That, my friend, is an Aruba beach, and a destination just perfect for families who want to spend a relaxing day in the sun, or who enjoy going snorkeling or partaking in any other kind of watersports. Our beaches are not overrun by college kids looking to party during spring, so you won’t feel crowded or annoyed. Most beaches are easily accessible by rental car, offer free parking and feature (casual) beach bars and restaurants that offer great food and drinks.
Here are our recommendations for Aruba's best beaches for families:
- Eagle Beach (Aruba’s award winning beach)
- Palm Beach (lots of activity and watersports)
- Boca Catalina (snorkeling)
- Baby Beach (for babies, it’s wonderful)
- Mangel Halto (also great for snorkeling)
- Arashi Beach (a local favorite on Sundays)
- Palm Island (a private island with tons of fun activities for kids, eg waterpark, banana boats, zip-lining)
4. Excellent Accommodations
Aruba offers a vast array of accommodations, ranging from (luxurious) beach front hotels, to comfortable full-fledged time share resorts,. Whether you’re looking to stay in a cozy Airbnb villa rentals in the Aruban countryside, or an extremely convenient all-inclusive resort; all our accommodation opportunities are perfect for hosting large groups of people during your family’s spring break vacation. The island really has the proper accommodation for every kind of traveler’s budget as well, with a large range between nice, yet affordable digs, all the way up to luxurious, high-end experiences. Visit our where to stay section for more information on accommodations, or do some extensive research by reading our Guide to Aruba Resorts, Guide to Vacation Rentals, or Guide to All-Inclusive Resorts.
5. Direct Flights
There is no greater horror than traveling with your kids on an airplane, and long flights with lots of layovers are a sure way for the most energetic parent to opt for another destination where direct flights are possible. Luckily, Aruba has a state-of-the-art airport and offers direct flights from most US and Canada gateways. Airlines that fly directly to Aruba include: American Airlines, Air Canada, Delta Airways, Jet Blue, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sunwing Airlines and WestJet.
Think about it, Aruba is just a 4.5-hour flight away from New York and only a 2.5-hour flight away from Miami, which means that you could start your spring break vacation PRONTO!
6. Fun & Exciting Things to Do
Don’t think for a second that a spring break vacation in Aruba means that you are bound to an all-inclusive property! The island is safe to explore by car and is the perfect size (69 square miles) for you to see something new every day, while still gaining a sense of familiarity.
Some top attractions for families are: The Arikok National Park, the largest national park in the Caribbean covering approximately 20% of Aruba and features the Natural Pool and beautiful caves filled with prehistoric Indian drawings, the Butterfly Farm, a beautiful botanical garden where all kinds of butterflies fly freely, the Donkey Sactuary, where friendly donkeys are taken care of by volunteers, and the Philips Animal Garden, Aruba’s zoo of rescued animals.
To learn something more about Aruba’s history or culture, take your family to the Fort Zoutman museum, or the Archeological museum, both in downtown Oranjestad. Every Tuesday at 6pm Fort Zoutman also hosts the Bon Bini festival, a folkloric festival highlighting Aruba’s culture and cuisine. For more spring break ideas for families be sure to visit our Family Fun page!
7. The One Happy Family Package
8. Aruba offers Wellness for Everyone
With a social government ideal of the “welfare state” inherited from the Netherlands, Arubans and the government take care of our elders, the less fortunate and those that are challenged in life. With the people taken care off, there is enough joy to spread around, so Arubans are genuinely happy, accepting of others and embracing diversity. Arubans are also some of the friendliest of people you will ever meet, and truly enjoy meeting tourists from all walks of life. Local Arubans are ready to lend a helping hand or show you the way to where you want to go! Read more about why Aruba is a wellness destination.
9. It’s a Small but Cosmopolitan Island
Visitors say that the most differentiating factor that sets Aruba aside from the rest of the Caribbean are the people of Aruba. The (over) 90+ different nationalities calling Aruba home, all live together in harmony. Arubans in general are fluent in at least 4 languages: Papiamento (our native and official language) Dutch (our second official language), English and Spanish. Some speak French and Portuguese as well.
The Aruban schooling system based on the Dutch schooling system, allows for Arubans to study abroad with a government-funded scholarship, which results in a community of well-rounded people with a metropolitan attitude.
10. Excellent Dining
Our cultural diversity is also found in Aruba’s gastronomy, as over 250 restaurants cater to a wide variety of palates, ranging from the high-end fine dining restaurants to the local fisherman’s shacks at the beach, making Aruba a true melting pot for delectable Caribbean cuisine.
Tip: Visit our family dining page for restaurants that offers kids menus.
Book your Spring Break Getaway Today!
Spring Break is coming fast, so it would be a good idea to start researching on where you want to stay now; whether you’re looking for a beach-front resort, a private villa, an all-inclusive resort or a timeshare resort, you will get better rates the earlier you book.
The sooner you choose Aruba, the more time you’ll also have to scout all the various tours and activities that the One Happy Island offers, and the more time you’ll have to check out the best restaurants and make timely reservations.
The sooner you get this done, the sooner you can RELAX and enjoy your vacation time together with your family during your spring break vacation!
Bon Bini to Aruba! ( Welcome to Aruba)