We have been spending the Winter Holidays in Aruba for as long as we can remember! It's such an incredible vacation spot - amazing weather, great restaurants, beautiful beaches plus the island is super safe and friendly. You can literally walk the island from one end to another - and all of the hotels are located along the beach. 
Our Aruba trip was even more special this year because it was the first time in 2 years all 15+ of us got to be together (yes we are a BIG family!)  
Below is a list of some of our top recos if you are planning a trip there!

HOTELS (all the hotels below are right on the beach!) 

- Marriott Ocean or Surf Club (amazing condo style rooms with kitchens/washer & dryers - they are also affiliated with the hotel property right next door and you can use all their amenities (plus they have daily activities which are great for kids - bingo, arts and crafts, etc.)
- Hyatt - this is another popular hotel - they have a great outdoor space (pool with a big water slide) but - rooms are a bit small though
- Riu - we haven't stayed there but if you are looking for an all inclusive this is your best bet (this is one of the only all inclusives on the island)


There are tons of great options - we usually try to book the ones close to our 
hotel within walking distance! hotel within
 - Brutto
- Madame Jeanette
- Nonna (at the Ritz) 
- Bohemian (fun adult dinner - has live music and dancing!)
- Barefoot 
- Gianni
- Quinta Del Carmen
Also Eduardo's Beach Shack for a Smoothie Bowl or Poke Bowl is not to be missed!!!


Most days we just hangout on the beach or in the ocean (with a cocktail in hand ... literally every hour is happy hour there!) but if you are looking for activities - all along the beach you can rent seadoos, go kite surfing, paddle boarding, tubing. 
We rented a boat one day and went snorkeling which the kids loved! 
Aruba is the perfect spot for a family vacation.  It has all the amenities and activities you need to keep the kiddos occupied during the day …  so that you can have a bit of a vacation as well!! See you on the beach!!