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Aruba Family Travel Guide

A couple of weeks ago I posted our pregnancy announcement on The Wandering Gourmand Facebook page. That same day, I also published a blog post highlighting the best adult-only resorts in Cancun. Several readers pointed out my hypocrisy. They were partly correct in doing so. While I believe all couples deserve some time away without the kids, I also realize that I need to start embracing family travel.

Thus, in preparation for the arrival of Baby Gourmand and the life of travel we have planned for him, I present to you a family travel guide to Palm Beach, Aruba highlighting family-friendly hotels in Palm Beach, activities for all ages, and kid-friendly restaurants.

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Top Family Friendly Hotels

Aruba truly does family well when it comes to hotels. 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 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 enjoy 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.

Fun Activities for All Ages

Don’t just stay at the hotel, though. Be sure to get out and explore so your children can see and experience life in a new country. Booking a private island tour will highlight the best sites in Aruba from life in the cities to beautiful beaches. Find something the entire family enjoys and then return later on your own accord for further exploration.

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Child 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.

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.

What’s Your Favorite Family Travel Experience in Aruba?

This article is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.