Highlights From Our Trip To Aruba

Hilarye Destinations, Family Travel 8 Comments

Hyatt Regency Aruba

Hyatt Regency in Aruba

This was our first ever family vacation as a family of 5. We had traveled a little here and there but since things had been so crazy with a cross-country move just three weeks after our littlest was born, starting businesses, finding houses, getting our heads on straight we just hadn’t had the best opportunity.

It was crazy and exhausting (the traveling part). We took two different airlines to get to Aruba and the terminals weren’t even close to each other when we were making tight connections.  I think one was in terminal C and the other was in F and so we had to walk a mile, dragging all of our luggage and three children and re-check in. It was a headache and a mess. And we had to do it twice since we had three legs of the flight each way.

Aruba Palm Beach

But waking up that next morning and walking on the beach in that soft white sand and looking out into a gorgeous turquoise forever made it completely worth it.

Hyatt Regency Aruba

Hyatt Regency Aruba


We stayed two days at the Marriott Aruba Stellaris and two days at the Hyatt Regency (thank you hotel points!!!).  The Hyatt was beautiful. The property was like stepping into a dream. There were parrots that talked, lizards, butterflies, waterfalls and fountains. But the room was on the smallish side and wasn’t very quiet and the beach felt crowded.

The Marriott’s property is beautiful but nothing spectacular like the Hyatt. However the beach felt much less crowded and the rooms were bigger and way more quieter. So it was a toss-up to which we liked better.

Aruba Palm Beach

bench on beach

They say Aruba is the most revisited Caribbean island. I totally get it. I will be back one day.

crying baby on beach


Hopefully she will agree more next time.

Comments 8

  1. I am SO glad you all finally took the time to enjoy a family vacation together. I know life gets in the way, WAY too often, but its good to slow down, soak up the sun and enjoy our kids every now and then. Of course you already know this 😉 Aruba looks heavenly. It is definitely on my list to check out (what isn’t on my list!)

    Thanks for linking up to #FridayPostcards and helping me get it rolling!

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  3. So glad to hear that your family enjoyed Aruba! My husband and I visited twice pre-kids and have been debating going back ever since. It was one of the ports-of-call on our recent holiday cruise and the few hours in port convinced me that I have to get back there and soon!

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    Thanks Lisa! We didn’t get to check out the downtown area near the cruise terminal but the rest was so beautiful we will definitely be back someday!

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  6. What a fun getaway and definitely worth any hassle. It’s a great way to relieve all that stress and Aruba seems like the perfect place to do it for your growing family. We were in Aruba a few years ago during a cruise port stop and loved it. We’d love to go back and stay a few days. Thanks for the hotel tips!

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