Palm Beach - Aruba
Palm Beach's beaches are considered ideal for families. Most of the restaurants and resorts offer kid-friendly services which include discounts and free gifts and babysitting facilities. Aruba's ideal weather with natural beaches and turquoise water invites tourists from all over the world. The island has all type of accommodations ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts. The island has other attractions also which includes Kibaima Miniature Village and Park where you and your kids can explode miniature Aruban city. There are beautiful playgrounds like Tira Koochi Park and Neptalle Henriquez Park with latest kiddy items ensuring hours of fun for your little ones. World's largest mini-golf course located at L.G Smith Blvd is an added attraction. Do not miss out the natural wonders of the Island. The best way to explore is through guided four-wheel drive through desert hills, small towns and rocky shoreline. The water activities like swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, water safaris, jet skiing and fishing are other popular options.
Aruba is well-connected with flights from American Airlines, Continental, Delta, United Airlines and US Airways. It is only 2 1/2 hours from Miami and 4 1/2 hours journey from New York. You can hire a taxi from the airport or go for car rental services which are available at the airport itself. As Aruba is outside hurricane belt it is a popular destination where you can visit whole year.
The best season to visit is from mid-December to mid-April. If you enjoy dancing and merriment than do not miss the February carnival when fun and parties spill on the streets.
There are many options available. But you should try 'One Cool Family Vacation' program in which 13 hotels and resorts participate. They offer discounts on tours, snorkeling, cruises, car-rentals and horseback rides etc.
When on island you must try the local cuisines like giambo which is a fish gumbo cooked with fish fillets,shrimp,okra and basil,pastechi which are deep fried turnovers filled with shrimp or spicy meat and cheese and Pudin Di Coco made from coconut, rum and lime sauce. You can get continental cuisine in most of the resorts. Aruba Gastronomic Association offers 'Dine Around' programme which offers meal coupons applicable in restaurants allowing under 12 children fifty percent discounts.