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07 Mar 2024

The Caribbean Island Where Families Take Centre Stage

One of ABTA’s ‘top destinations to watch’ for 2024, the Caribbean island of Aruba is the perfect destination for a family holiday.

Located significantly south of the Hurricane belt, Aruba offers year-round temperatures of a balmy 27 degrees, child-friendly accommodation, and direct weekly flights from London.

Home to ‘Baby Beach’ a sheltered and shallow lagoon as well as hundreds of activities including horse riding, snorkelling, butterfly farm visits, windsurfing and scuba diving – there is something to suit each and every family member.

Nicknamed ‘One Happy Island’ - Arubans are renowned for their friendliness and alongside the native language of Papiamento, English is spoken by all. The island prides itself on being a welcoming holiday choice for LGBTQ+ families and the UK Foreign Office repeatedly names Aruba as the safest island in the Caribbean. 

Highlights for families include:

  • The island is home to long-stretching white sandy beaches including the family friendly “Baby Beach”. This shallow and sheltered lagoon is a safe place for children to play, as swimmers are able to wade out for a long distance whilst still touching the ground. Parents can sit back, relax and take in the views from the shore.
  • Families can enjoy day visits to the Ostrich Farm, local Donkey Sanctuary and the Butterfly Farm or follow the nature trail at Arikok National Park for a fun educational experience. There are also a number of great horse-riding spots, including the National Park and The Gold Mine Ranch.
  • For those with older children, Aruba offers windsurfing, kitesurfing, and scuba diving. Aruba has many great wreck dives to discover such as the Pedernales wreck which is great for beginners at just 20 feet.
  • Families can taste their way around the island sampling dishes that combine Dutch, Spanish and North American flavours. There are numerous family-friendly restaurants on the island that offer up delicious traditional dishes like Nasi Goreng, chicken satays with fried egg and rice, and keshi yena, a mix of meat and vegetables baked in a cheese rind.

Travellers who are looking for a last-minute seven-night break to Aruba this Easter can book Amsterdam Manor from just £1,358 per person (based on a family of four) departing with British Airways on 26 May 2024. The last-minute deal includes return flights & seven nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis. Amsterdam Manor is a four-star hotel located just across the road from Eagle Beach, voted the best beach in the Caribbean in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards. To book with British Airways, visit here.

For families planning ahead a seven-night break during the summer holidays staying at Barcelo Aruba costs from £2,030 per person (based on a family of four) departing with British Airways on 28 July 2024. The deal includes return flights & seven nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis. The family-friendly five-star hotel is located on Palm Beach known for its calm, warm turquoise waters, fine white sand and palm trees. To book with British Airways, visit here.

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