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Aruba Vacations: Beaches, Carnival and Festivals

Aruba Vacations: Beaches, Carnival and Festivals

by Hope Heldmar

If white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and endless blue skies are your perfect vacation, Aruba is one of our top choices. Those in the know, from Conde Nast Traveler to the Travel Channel, love Aruba's beaches. But our experts will tell you that there's more to Aruba than sand. Check out these ideas for the best things to do in Aruba on your next Aruba vacation. Just one of these cool attractions can turn a great vacation into one of your most memorable.

If it's memories you're looking for, a family vacation in Aruba is the perfect place to begin. In fact, Aruba is a family favorite. From the "One Cool Family Vacation" perks to kid-friendly Aruba attractions, your family is going to love this island. Start by grabbing some apples before visiting the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and make a new friend or two among these gentle critters who will love munching the apples you bring. A visit to Aruba Ostrich Farm introduces the munchkins to these amazing two-toed birds. Awash in beauty, the Butterfly Farm in Oranjestad is a nifty outing for those with younger tots.

If you thirst for local things to do, Aruba's festival and events calendar offers year-round fun. Kick off your spring with Carnival. It takes 2 months to stage all that Carnival offers, with no end to the glitz, glamour and glitter. It all ends with a Sunday Grand Parade, followed by an official holiday to give everyone a chance to recover!

Then there's the international film festival, music festivals, international beach tennis events, the Queen's Birthday celebrations, and a food and wine tasting extravaganza for foodies. For the daring, the Caribbean's largest amateur windsurfing event is a chance to showcase windsurfing and kite boarding skills.

Speaking of beach sports, it should be a law that Aruba vacations include time on the white-sand beaches. The deep blue sea harbors intriguing wrecks, majestic coral and exotic schools of eels, manta rays, and countless colorful fish. Since there are great snorkeling spots just off shore from beaches like Malmok and Arashi, even novices are quickly hooked. Water sports are another great reason to explore all of the island's beaches. While Palm and Eagle beaches are home to the major resorts, don't miss a chance to explore the beauty of Baby Beach and to try windsurfing at Hadicurari Beach.

Are your bags packed? Well, don't be surprised if you're ready to extend your time in paradise when you choose an Aruba vacation! Our beach experts will steer you to the best and help you choose which things to do in Aruba to make your vacation perfect. We've got the inside scoop on the best casinos, museums and other Aruba attractions, including the irresistible Bon Bini Festival every Tuesday. So clear your calendar, and give us a call.