Aruba is famous for its near-constant trade winds, and there’s no better way to embrace these steady, warm breezes than on the Tranquilo, the island’s favorite 43-foot sailing yacht for more than 40 years. In between snorkeling in shallow, bath-temperature waters and munching on fresh fruit and sandwiches, our group sprawls on the deck, and even the youngest passengers seem entranced by our surroundings — water gently slapping the hull, tropical music playing, flying fish skipping over the water’s surface.
In terms of natural playgrounds, Aruba ranks high. We hike past cactuses and native Arawak rock art in Arikok National Park. We off-road through the island’s arid terrain on a Jeep tour. And we laze the days away on the beach, adults comfortably shaded under Aruba’s famous palapas that line the sand while the kids play at the water’s edge.
Affordable, accessible, fun and supremely sunny, Aruba is a magnet for multi-gen groups eager to enjoy its gorgeous beaches, child-approved attractions and of course, family-friendly resorts that cater to kids and parents alike. Here are our picks for Aruba family resorts that check the box for all ages.