Families Have Fun & Save Big In Aruba This Summer

A fun family vacation  - and lots of great deals - await travelers of all ages in Aruba this summer. With family travel promotions, kids programs at Aruba's hotels and resorts, and Aruba's position outside the hurricane belt, summer is the time to plan a family vacation in Aruba.

In addition to beautiful beaches, Aruba offers exciting land and water activities that the whole family can enjoy. Travelers can take Jeep Tours of the island, go snorkeling, take a nature tour, and visit the Butterfly Farm, Ostrich Farm and Donkey Sanctuary. The choices are endless. This is one of the reasons why Aruba has a 60% repeat visitor rate, the highest in the Caribbean.

Beyond Aruba's safe and friendly atmosphere, other assets include its close proximity to the North America - easily accessible from 13 gateway cities and only two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami and four hours from New York City. The island's location in the southern Caribbean outside of the hurricane belt boasts year-round cooling trade winds and great weather with average annual temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit and less than 20 inches of rainfall annually.

This summer, travelers are invited to participate in the 16th Annual Aruba Reef Care Project, July 4-5. As the island's largest volunteer initiative, the Reef Care Project is a clean up of the island's most popular beaches, dive and snorkel sites, helping to raise awareness for a clean marine environment. 

At a time when families are watching their budgets, Aruba and its hotel partners have responded by offering special travel packages and value-added promotions, to help make the decision to travel to Aruba this summer, that much easier. Sample family travel packages and promotions being offered this summer include:

Aruba's "One Cool Family" Program

The FREE "One Cool Family Vacation" promotion includes amenities such as kids stay and eat free at participating resorts, along with daily free kid's activities and a complimentary family gift. Some restrictions apply. Ask for the "One Cool Family" vacation package when reserving at your resort. For more information on participating Aruba hotels and resorts, visit www.aruba.com/SpecializedVacations/family.aspx.

"Delight" in Family at The Westin Resort Aruba

The Westin Resort Aruba is offering a "Delight in Family" getaway for the entire family. The package includes amenities for children such as complimentary admission to the Westin Kids Club and free dining with parents at six on-site restaurants. The package starts at $309 per night with a two-night minimum based on two adults and two children.   For resort reservations or further information, call 1-877-822-2222 or visit www.westin.com/arubaspecials. When booking, please ask for rate plan WIFAMILY.

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Family Package

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba is offering an all-inclusive family package with use of both Divi Aruba & Tamarijn resorts. Children under the age of 18 receive free accommodations and all-inclusive amenities. Children in the program can enjoy free meals and snacks from over 10 dining options, all non-motorized sports, admission to the children's camp and much more. Rates start at $362 based on a maximum of two children up to 18 years old in a room with two paying adults. For more information contact 1-800-554-2008 or www.tamarijnaruba.com

"Escape!" Family Package at The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering an "Escape!" promotion for families this summer. The package includes complimentary daily breakfast for two adults and two children, one pizza and movie night, and milk and cookies as part of the nightly turndown service. The package starts at $314 per room, per night with a minimum four-night stay. For reservations visit www.arubamarriott.com or call 1-800-228-9290; when booking enter promotional code MAJ for the "Escape!" Family Package. 

Additionally, many of Aruba's hotels and resorts offer dedicated family programs, examples include:

Camp Hyatt at The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino

Camp Hyatt gives children ages 3-12 a fun and enriching experience through supervised activities inside and out that take advantage of the island's natural beauty. Activities include a nature walk, sandcastle building, tennis clinic, basketball and many more. Indoor activities include an Aruba history story hour, finger painting, movies and popcorn, t-shirt painting and video and arcade games. Sessions are offered daily from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Please visit www.aruba.hyatt.com for more information and to make reservations, call the hotel directly at 011-297-586-1234.

Costa Linda Kids Activities Program

Kids aged 5-12 years-old can take advantage of a variety of activities at the Costa Linda Beach Resort including pool aerobics, a tug-o-war on the beach, a variety of sports, arts & crafts, a scavenger hunt and other fun games. The activities program is free for families who are staying at the hotel. Orientation and sign-up is on Saturday morning and activities run through Thursday.  For more information call 011-297-583-8000 or visit www.costalinda-aruba.com.

Little Rascals Club at Holiday Inn Aruba Sunspree Beach Resort & Casino

Tiny tots staying at the Holiday Inn Aruba Sunspree Beach Resort & Casino can participate at no charge in the Little Rascals Club program featuring a variety of supervised activities such as three-legged races, singing circles and beach Olympics. Other popular activities include swimming races in the pool, kids' aerobics, special kids' movies and musical chairs. Each day's activities begin at 10:00 am and end shortly after 6:00 pm, seven days a week. For more information call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com.

For more information about family vacations and summer travel to Aruba, please visit online at www.ARUBA.com or call 1-800-TO-ARUBA.

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