*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aruba Tourism Authority. All opinions are 100% mine.
Aruba has always been on my travel bucket list ever since the song Kokomo by The Beach Boys was released in the 1980s.
Aruba which is part of the West Indies in the Caribbean is known for its white sand beaches with calm turquoise waters, and comfortable temperatures.
Located just below the hurricane belt, it does not rain much in Aruba with less than 20 inches total each year.
Little rain and a near-constant breeze make it comfortable enough for people to vacation in Aruba all year round unlike other destinations in the Caribbean.
My parents visited for a day as part of a Caribbean cruise several years ago and commented that it was their favourite port just for that reason. Canadians aren’t used to extreme heat!
The other islands were too hot and they had to head back to the boat after a few hours on land.
Friends that have vacationed in Aruba tell me there’s something for everyone – foodies, families with kids and adventure enthusiasts.
Aruba has a very diverse population, with more than 90 nationalities and as such there are many international influences in the food and dishes that are offered at restaurants and grocery stores.
Everything from curry goat, fish creole, Dutch favourites like pea soup and of course tons of seafood – a delicious playground for a foodie family like mine!
For Families with Kids
My kids love the beach and Aruba has many that are family friendly.
The one we’re most excited about is Baby Beach (named for its shallow waters) and is ideal for families with young children who are just learning how to swim or be comfortable in water.
Perfect for both our 5 and 2 year old!
There are also many kid friendly attractions including the Butterfly Farm, Ostrich Farm and Donkey Sanctuary.
There’s a plethora of options for adventure and adrenaline junkies – from kitesurfing, deep sea fishing and diving.
Guadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba cave tours (don’t worry the bats are harmless!) and horseback tours are offered at Arikok National Park.
Segway tours are available near the California Lighthouse and it is near the top of my list!
Although small in size, Aruba has become a hot spot for foodies, families and adventure travellers with over 1 million visitors a year. Aruba also has one of the highest visitor return rates in the Caribbean.
If you’ve visited Aruba – whether by cruise or vacation on the island – and know of something we MUST see or do, please let me know! I’d love to add it to my list.
Check out Aruba travel for more information on this popular Caribbean destination.