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Travelling with small child - Things to do???

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Travelling with small child - Things to do???

This forum has been great so far with other questions. My wife, mother, sister, 15 month old and I will be at the Marriott Ocean in April. I have been researching things to do while there and was wondering what things were appropriate to do with the little one. Since my mom and sister will be along with us, we have babysitters if necessary!

1. Natural Pool - I know that we can't take the little one here, but my question is if it is better to rent a jeep and do it on your own or to take a tour. If your vote is for a tour, who should we use and an approximate cost.

2. Caves - How is the roadtrip to the caves and can you push a stroller through them? Or is this something else we need to do without the little one? FYI, we took him to Luray caverns in Virginia with us and he was great.

3. Baby Beach - I am assuming by the name that this is a great place to take small children. How are the roads to baby beach and do you need a 4 wheel drive? Also, is there any shade available to get out of the sun for picnic lunch or something?

4. Sunset cruises - I am thinking about doing a 'booze cruise' type cruise one evening with just my wife. However, are there any appropriate for the whole family?

Besides the hotel beaches, polls, long walks at night, etc...are there any other ideas of things to do with a 15 month old in Aruba?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Travelling with small child - Things to do???

We have always rented a Jeep. (A real Jeep, not a little Japanese 4WD. We always end up towing them out of the sand) Get a map of Aruba and explore on your own. That way you're on your own schedule and not the tour company's. The trip to the natural pool is great if you like serious 4WDing. The caves we went to would accomodate a stroller if I remember correctly. The roads to Baby Beach are all paved, so that's not a problem. We didn't do a booze cruise in Aruba, but did one in Jamaica and it wasn't appropriate for a 15 month old. As for things for a 15 month old to do, if I remember my own kids at that age, they don't really have an agenda yet and are as happy playing with a box as they are with the toy that came in it. One suggestion is to check out the Radisson Aruba resort and casino. That is where we've always stayed. Great hotel. Nice beach. Along with two 0 entry, free form pools winding through the palm trees. (one for activities, one for relaxing) there are magnificent macaws perched on the property and in the open air lobby. Kids always seem to get a kick out of them. There are also many green iguanas, some 3 to 4 feet long, sunning themselves on the grounds. Kids seem to like them too. They are totally docile and don't seemed to be afraid of people at all. The iguanas are native to the island and you will see them everywhere, from the beach to downtown Oranjestad to the desert interior of the island.

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