Best Family-Friendly Beach Resorts in Aruba


Say hello to trade winds, sunshine and lifelong memories when you land in Aruba. The A of the ABC islands has more than just world-famous windsurfing. Aruba is home to activities suited for all ages along with beautiful beachfront hotels made for family vacations. Enjoy trekking through Arikok National Park to a hidden rock pool, paddleboarding over crystal-clear water or watching the surfers from your lounger on your Aruba beach vacation.


Barceló Aruba

Noord, Aruba

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For those who want to mix some partying in with their lazy beach time, Barceló Aruba is the perfect fit. Smack dab in the middle of the buzzing High Rise Hotel District, the beaches are lively, the casino bells are ringing and the sun shines almost every day of the year. Six on-site restaurants are there to please every mood and palate. Guests can choose from Italian, Tex-Mex, international, Japanese, Caribbean, seafood and grilled favorites. Most offer both inside and outside seating. Two on-site bars provide relaxing places to grab an afternoon drink or a before or after-dinner cocktail.

The resort offers 373 rooms decorated in rich, dark woods and blue accents. Five categories are available: Deluxe, Deluxe Lanai Garden View, Deluxe Lanai Pool View, Deluxe Ocean View and Deluxe Ocean Pool View. The rooms provide between 400 and 500 square feet of space, and all accommodate a maximum of four people. A huge, lagoon-shaped swimming pool surrounded by rocks, gardens and palm trees creates a serene tropical setting where hotel guests can unwind for an hour or two, or all day if they wish. Two hot tubs are also available for guests to use. Barceló has direct access to the beach and amenities include sunshades and hammocks on the sand, bar service, equipment rentals and supervised classes to practice water sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing, snorkeling and diving.

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Hotel Riu Palace Aruba

Noord, Aruba

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Visit the exclusive Hotel Riu Palace Aruba for a Palm Beach vacation filled with fun-loving, luxe memories. With all of the amenities expected of a Riu resort, Palace Aruba’s 400-plus rooms are simple and traditional with WiFi access. While they’re equipped with all of the basic necessities, it’s the property that amazes guests. Check in here and you’ll find a plethora of activities from day and evening entertainment, to two outdoor pools with a swim-up bar, plus another especially for kids. On the stunning, wide Palm Beach, relax on loungers and parasols or play beach volleyball and try other watersports. If you’re hoping for a more rejuvenating experience, book a treatment at Renova Spa, where you can lounge in Whirlpool baths or saunas.

Dining options here include five restaurants serving a fusion of cuisines in both a buffet setting, as well as a sit-down steakhouse. There are also numerous spots onsite to grab a quick bite or sip specially mixed cocktails. Try the casino bar or ice cream parlour for a snack or refreshment. Looking for more wild nightlife? Head to the discotheque at nearby Hotel Riu Antilas.

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Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

Oranjestad, Aruba

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Despite having few rooms, the large property embraces a mini market, gift shop, four restaurants, waterfalls, statues and car rental. Long-time guests and newcomers mingle freely in the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The resort’s 72 rooms, contained in two oceanfront buildings, are tastefully decorated in an upscale, contemporary and simple manner. All include free WiFi, an in-room safe, mini fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, beach cooler and a flat-screen TV. Every room has a private furnished balcony or patio. Accommodations are available in four categories: Deluxe Ocean View, Deluxe Garden View, Deluxe Ocean Front and Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite. All rooms, patios and public buildings are non-smoking. Designated smoking areas are available outside.

Guests of Manchebo Bay can choose between four different restaurants: Ike’s Bistro serves Mediterranean fare in a breezy, open setting by the pool; meat, fish, local cuisine and international fare can be enjoyed at The Chophouse; sushi and sashimi are available at Omakase Sushi Bar; and Pega Pega Beach Bar & Grill’s casual right-on-the-beach atmosphere is the perfect place to sample smoothies, local beers and freshly-caught fish.

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