What makes the perfect vacation
destination? If your answer is that you want a
place that has one of the best beaches in the
world, bountiful water activities, a child-friendly
atmosphere and unique cuisine and culture, Aruba
should be next on your travel list.
The white sand and turquoise water of Eagle
Beach, one of TripAdvisor’s 10 best beaches
in the world, creates the perfect location
to relax. Child-friendly resorts are abundant
throughout the island, and there are plenty
of activities to keep the young ones entertained.
For inexperienced swimmers, the perfect spot
is Baby Beach, a lagoon where the water is
calm and only about five feet deep. If there
are animal lovers in the family, don’t miss the
Butterfly Farm, Bubali Bird Sanctuary and the
Dutch, South American and Caribbean influences
combine to create Aruba’s unique architecture,
culture and food. You’ll find mouthwatering
dining choices at resorts, but make sure to visit
local restaurants for a true taste of Aruba.
The island has some of the best snorkeling and
scuba diving in the Caribbean thanks to coral
reefs, shipwrecks and gentle trade winds.
The Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure is a great
way to see it all. Aboard a catamaran, you’ll
sail to deep blue waters. Upon arrival, grab
your snorkel and fins and dive right in. You can
explore the Antilla shipwreck, the largest in the
Caribbean, as well as Boca Catalina and the
The island sits outside the hurricane
belt and gets very little rainfall.
With average temperatures between 80 and 84
degrees, perfect weather is practically guaranteed.
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Did you know that the destination known as
Los Cabos is actually two destinations in one?
The two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San José del
Cabo, are physically close but vastly different.
Cabo San Lucas is a lively town that attracts
travelers who like to explore all day and stay up
late into the night. San José del Cabo is more
laid back, allowing you to relax, recharge and
reconnect. Both towns offer mountain views,
delicious food, some of Mexico’s best golf courses
and plenty of sunshine.
The Land’s End Arch is one of the most
recognizable structures in Cabo San Lucas.
This beautiful rock formation is found near Playa
del Amor. Most beaches in Los Cabos are too
rocky for swimming, so gear up for water sports
instead! Deep-sea fishing in the Sea of Cortez is
popular, and you can do some whale watching
in La Paz Bay, where the magnificent humpback
whales are visible all winter.
Los Cabos is also a spot for professional golf
courses. With names like Jack Nicklaus, Greg
Norman and Tom Weiskopf, you know the courses
will be of championship quality. The course at
Cabo Real, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.,
takes you up a mountainside and back down to
sea level over the course of 18 holes — with the
last one overlooking Land’s End.
Close out a day in Cabo with an
evening cruise so you can watch the
sunset in one of the more dramatic settings
Mother Nature has to offer.
This is one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. Here
you’ll find a blend of five centuries of Spanish
influence along with New World wonders — a
beautiful combination that provides a stunning
backdrop for the area’s culture and history.
Located east of the Baja California Peninsula and
lined with some of the most beautiful beaches in
Mexico, Mazatlán is known as the “Pearl of the
Pacific.” You’ll experience music, culture and
gourmet Mexican cuisine. The city’s local beaches
are perfect for relaxing, water sports and surfing.
You’ll find surfers at all skill levels catching
waves along the beaches.
You’ll find a variety of fresh seafood along
Mazatlán’s 12-mile stretch of beach. Try different
flavors of the rice-based drink horchata to find
one that suits your palate. The sweetest types
have more cinnamon and coconut, while a blander
type has more ground seeds and nuts.
You’ll see how indigenous cultures have made
their mark on the area over the past 1,500 years.
Check out Las Labradas, an outdoor museum of
archaeological carvings and sculptures. In the
historic center of Mazatlán you’ll find Teatro
Angela Peralta, where you can take in an opera,
ballet or any number of theatrical performances.
Check out two beaches, Sabalo and
Cerritos, where the waves are tame
and the view is picturesque.
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