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Dancers at the Bonbini Festival, Aruba
CARIBBEAN TWO-STEP: Dancers at the Bonbini Festival  (Paul Grogan)

Getting there
Regular direct flights to Aruba depart from Miami (two hours), New York (four hours), Houston (four hours), and Toronto (four hours). The flight time from Los Angeles is around nine hours, via Miami. Oranjestaad is a five-minute drive from the airport, and there are regular buses to the city center. But all hotels offer a free pick-up service.

When to Go
Aruba is outside the hurricane belt, and with temperatures averaging 82 degrees (F) year-round, there's no bad time to visit Aruba. But prices are significantly cheaper outside the peak season, which runs from December to March. Aruba's annual carnival starts on New Year's Day and runs for two months.

Where to Stay
The Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive (800.554.2008) is extremely kid-friendly, while providing a relaxing haven for adults. None of the resort's accommodation blocks are more than two stories high, and all rooms overlook the beach. In addition to the restaurants mentioned, facilities include numerous beachfront bars and snack bars, a luxury spa, a wind-sports center, a fitness center and climbing wall, tennis courts, free bike hire, a children's camp (for ages 5 to 12), and an open-air cinema on the beach. The resort's family package allows two children up to age 18 to stay, play, and eat for free when sharing a room with two paying adults.

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