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Aruba

Located 29 miles off the coast of Venezuela Aruba is quite an upcoming holiday destination. Popularity recently grew due to many Travel Bloggers posting alluring pictures of turquoise oceans and pink flamingos. Home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world, Arybais home to over 90 nationalities, with most of the residents fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish. 2 Hours flight from Miami this is a perfect multi location holiday destination.

Did you know if you visit Aruba for 10 years in a row you get an awarded are featured in the local paper. You gain the official title of 'Aruba Goodwill Ambassador' if you visit for 20 years in a row. 

Many locals own private beaches with small stone beach houses that can be rented to tourists for $30 a weekend. There's no running water or electricity but they are usually very picturesque and quiet

Visa required?

No

Currency

Florin

Injections

No

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Key information 

Currency

Aruba currency, the Florin, is rare and many exchanged don't stock it, however the US Dollar is also widely accepted.

Visa

EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Aruba however your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from your date of entry.

Best time to travel

Aruba has the most sunny days out of any of the carribean islands, and is not in Hurricane Alley, which means there's no bad time to visit.

Average temperatures

In Aruba, the climate is tropical, hot all year round with temperatures hovering around 29/31 degrees throughout the year. The air is muggy but there are winds which temper the heat.

Child friendly rating

If you're visiting just to see the flamingos you'll be disappointed. They reside on a pride island, adults only beach and children are only allowed on between 9am and 10am in the morning (see my review below). We found the kids clubs very expensive and although the beaches are beautiful we struggled a little outside of the hotel 

We give a 6/10 child-friendly rating

Jabs

No Jabs are needed for entry to Aruba

Typical itinerary: 

Day 1 - Sunset cruise


Arrivals from the US are early afternoon so take some time to relax with a drink and check into your hotel. Aruba has some of the worlds most beautiful sunsets and they're even better from the water Sail along Aruba's coast on a catamaran cruise , watch the sunset, then return to shore for a dinner at the Pelican Nest seafood grill www.viator.com




Day 2 - Full island safari


The island only measures 20 miles long and 6 miles deep , but theres more to see than you realise. Swim in natural pool, Snorkel at baby beach and visit the gold mill ruins and the california lighthouse. This Safari takes in all the highlights on Aruba. www.viator.com




Day 3 - Pink flamingos


Spend the day on A private island and relax surrounded by the islands very own Pink Flamingos (Please read my review on how to book this excursion below)




Day 4 - Aruba surf and paddle school


Give paddle boarding surfing a try. families can take tours,lessons. It costs $25 pp an hour to rent a board, $60 pp per hour for group session and $95 pp for an hours private lesson (for kids 7 plus). Located on Palm Beach, in front of the Marriott surf club Open daily 9.30am - 4.30pm




Day 5 - Eagle beach


This is the perfect location for families looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of other areas of Aruba. Hotels such as the Ritz Carlton Aruba and the Aruba Marriott Resort can be found on this beach




Day 6 - Baby beach


This cute little beach is perfectly suited for children, inexperienced swimmers and even snorkelers because the water is almost as still as a lake and only 5 feet deep




Day 7 - Phillip's animal garden


Be sure to pay this relaxed and super friendly petting zoo a visit. Kids can meet and feed monkeys, alpacas, goats and horses, among other animals. Open daily, 9am to 5pm





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