Frigid temperatures and relentless snowfall in many parts of North America make spring feel a little too far away. That’s why Canada’s leading online travel agency, FlightNetwork.com, found this February the perfect time to release their list of the top 27 winter sun destinations in the world. However, the list doesn’t just uncover the best destinations for escaping the cold, it outlines which ones will get you the most bang for your buck. With the cost of an Aruban vacation down 42-percent from last year, you’ll be wowed by how far your vacation dollars go.
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But affordability wasn’t the only reason Aruba was featured on Flight Network’s list. The following are four reasons why every traveler should escape the cold and enjoy the sun and sand in Aruba this year.
It's a Family-Friendly Island
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Aruba isn't just for newlyweds and anniversary escapes. While its picturesque beaches are certainly a place that wedding and honeymoon dreams are made of, the island is just as ideal for families as it is for adults. Home to one of the highest GDPs per capita in its region, the crime rate on Aruba is extremely low, so you can enjoy kilometre after kilometre of untouched sand without a worry in mind.
There's Never a Dull Moment
You'll never utter the words "I'm bored," on your Aruban escape. In fact, you'll have a difficult time cramming all of the things you want to do into a single visit. Visitors can explore the largest national park in the Caribbean, the Arikok National Park, or visit the island's impressive zoo of rescued animals. Discover the island's rich heritage in downtown Oranjestad at the Archaeological Museum or the Fort Zoutman Museum, or rent a vehicle and explore the island by car and on your own schedule.
The Beaches Are Some of the World's Best
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The sugar-sand beaches of Aruba are continuously ranked among the best in the world. Visit Arashi Beach for white sand, turquoise water, and some of the best snorkeling on the island, or wade in the mellow waters of Baby Beach. There are more than a dozen award-winning beaches on the island, and you could easily spend an entire vacation hopping from one to another.
It's a Melting Pot of Culture
Aruba is home to more than 90 different nationalities, and most Arubans are fluent in multiple languages. including the native language of Papiamento. Aruba feels so drastically different than other countries in the Caribbean, because it's overflowing with cultural influences from around the world. A European-style schooling system that encourages study abroad means many of the locals are as well traveled as the people who visit.