Your Guide to the Best Aruba Family Resorts and Restaurants
UPDATED FOR 2017!!!! Aruba has become one of my favorite vacation spots over the past couple of years. It’s an easy island to navigate and has something for everyone with the Caribbean’s best gastronomical scene, endless beaches, excellent scuba diving and snorkeling, and a hurricane sheltered location. With so much to see and do, it’s a great spot for your next family vacation. Here are some top Aruba family resorts and restaurants to help plan your stay!
Top Aruba Family Resorts
Aruba truly does family well when it comes to Aruba family resorts.
Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club
Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club is one of the hotels leading the charge to make sure children have an awesome vacation. Some of the resort’s highlights include a lazy river, a Nintendo Wii lounge, poolside ping-pong tables, and a water slide at the Natural Pool.
Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive is another resort popular with families, especially their parents. The resort boasts babysitting services so parents can enjoy a romantic night out, free cribs for the rooms, and a kids camp during the day where the little ones can be dropped off while Mom and Dad can have quiet time by the pool. The kids club activities include Papiamento lessons, face painting, scavenger hunts, snorkeling, tennis clinics, basketball, movies, soccer tournaments, bingo, and arts and crafts.
Costa Linda Beach Resort
Looking for more of a self-service hotel with apartment style rooms so there’s room for the entire family? Costa Linda Beach Resort is the perfect choice with two and three bedroom suites featuring full kitchens. If you wish to go out to dinner but don’t want to haul the entire bunch into town, there are a few onsite restaurants and even a few shops. Kid friendly activities include a playground and a kids’s pool.
Family Friendly Restaurants
Aruba is known for its culinary scene. In fact, I was hesitant to list an all-inclusive resort above because I think visitors to the island need to explore the many gastronomical delights that Aruba’s top chefs are cooking up. Many families shy away from eating out for fear that restaurants are not kid-friendly, in particularly when it comes to a restaurant Mom and Dad actually want to eat at. Never fear, some of Aruba’s top restaurants make the entire family feel comfortable with menus that appease everyone.
Buccaneer Restaurant has long be a favorite seafood restaurant on the island. Not only does the kitchen cook up unique and fresh seafood dishes for Mom and Dad to enjoy, but the restaurant also boasts a 5,000 gallon aquarium. Call ahead to reserve an aquarium side seat to teach the kids a lesson on sea to plate dining.
The West Deck
Families can embrace al fresco dining and the best of island life at The West Deck. The menu features plenty of kid-friendly options and there is room for them to explore in the outdoor space while Mom and Dad enjoy the sunset and a cocktail.
Aruba is known for steakhouses as mush as it is for seafood. El Gaucho tops the list when it comes to family friendly steak joints. The restaurant has a kids menu and a kids room complete with games to keep the little ones occupied. For mom and dad, they have an extensive menu of beer, wine, and spirits.
Additional Aruba travel planning resources
Check out one of my other Aruba travel guides to help make your Aruba vacation the vacation of a lifetime!
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