If you’ve been dreaming of completely mushy, white sand, crystal clear azure waters, and calm seas to wade in, look no additional than Aruba. I’ve visited 3 times now and the extra of the Caribbean I see, the extra particular Aruba turns into to me. It’s simply really easy and exquisite.
The island itself is comparatively small with an space of round 70 sq. miles, so it isn’t all that troublesome to encounter a seaside or two. But each has traits that make it distinctive. To assist you choose, these are the very best seashores in Aruba:
If you’re searching for white sand:
Aruba’s Baby Beach is a well-known cove on the southern level of the island close to San Nicholas. It will get its identify for the reason that water is so calm that it’s appropriate for young children to swim in.
It’s largely shallow, good for floating, and has that pretty child blue coloration that the seashores on Aruba’s west coast are identified for.
While testing Baby Beach, may as nicely cease by Rodger’s proper subsequent door. It’s additionally identified for calm waters and may offer you a bit extra seclusion than Baby Beach. You’ll discover indicators for each as you make your method down.
Manchebo Beach is my private favourite on the west coast of Aruba. It’s received that good white sand and blue water that the extra widespread Eagle and Palm seashores simply north are well-known for, however it’s much less crowded and is really idyllic.
It’s additionally my favourite place to remain on Aruba. I extremely suggest Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa should you haven’t already picked out your lodging. It’s a boutique lodge on the very best seaside in Aruba, IMHO.
Similar to Manchebo, Eagle seaside has that attractive white sand and excellent sundown positioning that makes it a favourite for each locals and vacationers. It’s a bit busier than Manchebo, however not practically as a lot as Palm Beach the place the high-rise accommodations are.
You’ll discover loads of actions to do on Eagle as nicely, and eating places!
Finally, take a look at the incorrectly-marked Divi Divi timber on the high of the seaside. Though they aren’t the precise Divi Divi timber of Aruba, they appear very comparable and make for an excellent picture op.
Arashi Beach has a couple of extra guests than Manchebo, however that’s primarily as a result of it’s simpler to achieve and friendlier for all ages. Its waters are usually calm and supply an excellent location for swimming and snorkeling. Also, seaside huts are dotted throughout the shoreline, providing a possibility to relaxation in the shade.
There can also be a bar situated on Arashi Beach for individuals who desire to spend the night stress-free and having fun with the sundown. Occasionally, stay music is performed on the bar, and showers and lounge chair leases had been just lately added to reinforce the expertise.
Arashi Beach is definitely accessible by taxi or automobile, and there’s loads of parking so that you gained’t have to fret about not having area. If you favor to burn a couple of additional energy, it can be reached with a 10-minute stroll from the final bus cease on Malmok Beach.
The two-mile lengthy stretch of Palm Beach is likely one of the hottest in Aruba. The calm water is right for snorkeling and swimming, and it’s surrounded by accommodations, casinos, eating places, and outlets.
Palm Beach is an ideal place to observe the sundown, however your enjoyable doesn’t have to finish when the solar goes to mattress. The busy nightlife in the close by golf equipment and casinos provides leisure for the entire night.
Palm Beach is round 4 miles (6 km) from Oranjestad, and just below 1.5 miles (2 km) from Eagle Beach.
If you’re trying to find seclusion:
Andicuri Beach is a sandy cove backed by towering bluffs. It’s frequented by Arubian locals due to the quiet and isolation created by the coral-stone cliffs. The surf tends to be stronger at Andicuri, so the water is extra of a welcoming surroundings for the skilled swimmer who is aware of how one can keep away from currents. It’s additionally an excellent place to be taught to surf! You can discover extra info on the Aruba Surf and Paddleboard School. Also, the sandy inlet provides an ideal scenic sunbathing location.
To get right here, you’ll want a 4×4 automobile. Cars aren’t advisable due to the windy dust path to achieve the seaside, so a Jeep or UTV is the very best methodology. Andicuri Beach is situated in Arikok National Park, so there are alternatives to take a tour as nicely.
Make certain to pack snacks, water, and sunscreen, as a result of there aren’t any services to buy issues close by. It is a little bit of a journey to get to Andicuri, however the breathtaking views greater than make up for it!
Boca Catalina is a getaway for these trying to take pleasure in some peace and quiet and small ocean waves. The seaside itself is a bit rocky, however the abundance of sea life in the world makes it a extremely thrilling location for snorkeling and swimming. It’s good for a peaceful and informal seaside day!
Part of the explanation that Boca Catalina is so quiet is due to its proximity to extra widespread seashores. Palm Beach is a 5-minute drive from its shores, which attracts many of the crowds through the weekdays. Boca Catalina can get a bit busier with households on the weekends, however most days you may have a superb shot of being one of many solely individuals there.
It’s additionally proper subsequent to tres trapi, probably the greatest snorkeling spots to see turtles!
The steep dust roads and tough terrain make it virtually unattainable to achieve in a daily automobile, so one of the simplest ways to go is by mountain climbing, horseback, off-road automobiles, or ATVs. It takes effort to get to Boca Keto(u), however the problem of the journey ensures that this seaside is sort of all the time empty. It’s an unbelievable location to see the wild, pure fantastic thing about Aruba and expertise tough and actual waves in an off-the-beaten-path form of method.
Boca Prins is a seaside price visiting strictly for the surroundings. White, powdery sand dunes and rocky cliffs encompass the shoreline and supply some unbelievable picture alternatives.
The seaside is understood for its harmful undercurrents and excessive waves, so it’s not a spot for water actions. However, it makes the right location for a little bit of leisure whereas listening to the crashing waves.
Boca Prins can also be situated in Arikok National Park, however is far more simply accessible than Boca Keto(u). It is feasible to drive close to the seaside, however the final stretch is finished on foot over uneven floor. Close-toed footwear are an excellent concept for the previous couple of minutes, which take you down a rocky path and two flights of wood stairs.
There is proscribed parking at Boca Prins, however it’s often not an issue as a result of most desire to achieve this secluded seaside on off-road automobiles. Also, inside a brief drive, you will discover the Boca Prins Restaurant & Bar, providing restrooms and refreshments.
Neighboring Boca Prins is Dos Playa, which interprets to “two beaches.” Basically, it’s two seashores facet by facet, separated by a limestone barrier. This seaside is much like Boca Prins in that the water is a bit of too violent for the typical swimmer. The sturdy undertow and waves are appropriate just for essentially the most skilled surfers and body-boarders when the situations are good.
However, you’re not lacking out by staying on the shore. Dos Playa is likely one of the most pristine pure seashores in Aruba, and provides unbelievable views of the desert facet of the island. The panorama is rugged, however in the coves of Dos Playa, you’ll by no means need to depart!
This seaside is often pretty empty, which is fascinating contemplating the relative ease it takes to achieve it. A standard automobile will get the job finished for you should you drive slowly, however off-road automobiles are all the time a greater choice.
For a superb probability of being alone with the ocean, make a journey over to Grapefield Beach. It’s situated on the Southeastern finish of the island and supplies a picturesque panorama with surrounding cliffs and vegetation-decorated sand.
It’s not advisable that you just exit too far into the water due to the sturdy tides, however many guests like to enterprise into the shallows and benefit from the crystal clear waves. This seaside can also be a go-to spot for kitesurfers, if that’s your model.
Grapefield Beach is definitely accessible. The highway is unpaved, however you shouldn’t have any bother reaching it in a small automobile.
If you’re in the temper for actions:
Mangel Halto is my second favourite beachy space in Aruba. While not well-known for sandy seashores, as there actually aren’t any, that is extra of an aquatic adventure-lover’s space. It’s nice for testing corals and the Kappel wreck, which is about 15 meters (50 ft) down. Even should you’re not a freediver, the water is often so clear you’ll haven’t any drawback seeing it.
There are additionally mind corals, mangroves, and nice sundown ops in Mangel Halto. The azure water is attractive as nicely.
Boca Grandi is the seaside for individuals trying to journey the waves. Its fixed winds and robust currents create the final word surroundings for individuals who like to tackle the ocean. The water isn’t essentially the most inviting for swimming due to its energy, however watching the surfers and kite surfers with a cool drink in hand from the seaside bar is a superb various to being in the water!
Boca Grandi is close to Grapefield Beach and on the way in which to Baby Beach, so it’s simply accessible. If you propose on spending the day beneath the solar, you’ll want to pack the requirements for the warmth, so you may fear about getting in your leisure as an alternative of getting a sunburn!
Druif Beach (incorrectly labeled Drulf seaside on Google Maps) is an escape from the enterprise of downtown Oranjestad. It is instantly linked to the bigger and extra populous Eagle Beach, so it tends a bit quieter for individuals who desire to be away from the crowds. There are loads of seaside huts and chair leases in the world for lounging, and each motorized and non-motorized sports activities are allowed in the azure waters offshore. If you favor to remain dry, there are volleyball fields obtainable to tackle household and pals.
Just be warned that a number of coral tends to scrub up on shore at Druif Beach, so some individuals desire to put on water footwear to keep away from discomfort. Other than that, this location is exemplary for stress-free, sunbathing, and water sports activities of every kind!
Hadicurari Beach is the house of browsing. One of the biggest windsurfing competitions in the Caribbean is held right here yearly! The waves are calm and alluring, so individuals of all ranges of expertise are welcome to affix in the watersports. Wind and kite browsing lessons are accessible, and snorkeling, swimming, paddleboarding, and different non-motorized watersports are additionally obtainable.
Hadicurari Beach is usually known as Fisherman’s Huts and is at its busiest in mid-June and July, when the Aruba Hi-Winds windsurfing occasion takes place. During these months, it may be a bit of troublesome to search out parking, so you’ll want to arrive early in the day should you plan on visiting throughout this time of 12 months.
Malmok Beach/ Tres Trapi
If you’re looking out for snorkeling paradise, Malmok Beach is the place to be. It is totally different from many different seashores in that many of the shore is lined with limestone. There isn’t a number of sand to lounge round in, however most individuals go to this seaside to get in the water, and for good cause. The underwater life is bustling with fish, and it’s common to share the area with a sea turtle or two.
Tour guides usually sail individuals away from shore to see The Antilla, the shipwrecked stays of a German freighter sunk throughout World War II.
The coral reefs, shipwrecks, and sea life make this one of the fascinating snorkeling areas in Aruba.
Surfside Beach is a well-liked spot amongst native households. Here, the water is ideal for swimming, paddle-boarding, and canoeing, in addition to underwater actions like scuba diving and snorkeling. Further from shore, the waves develop and supply wonderful browsing situations.
Surfside is a metropolis seaside, situated only some minutes from the cruise dock and the airport. Because of this, it’s surrounded by eating places and bars, so there’s no scarcity of choices on the subject of meals or comfortable hour!
Additionally, the rising downtown space close by provides purchasing and leisure choices, should you’re bored with the sand and solar. You gained’t have to fret about parking, as there are many choices, and all the sights are inside strolling distance of one another.
If you’re searching for one thing out of the bizarre:
Flamingo seaside/island can solely be reached with a go to to Renaissance Island, owned by Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino. Guests of the resort have free entry to the island by boat taxi, however non-visitors are capable of buy a day go for some enjoyable on the seaside.
The go is $125.00 per individual. While it’s a bit of spendy for a day journey, there’s lots included with the worth. Besides the lunch, transportation, and towel supplied by the resort, you achieve entry to a singular non-public seaside full with Flamingoes!
The security of the shallow and calm waters surrounding the island present the perfect surroundings for some relaxed swimming or snorkeling. Lounging chairs and parasols are additionally obtainable totally free use, should you desire to remain dry.
Also, it’s common to see iguanas roaming round in the sand. These wild reptiles are undoubtedly a sight to see should you’ve by no means encountered one. The resort additionally provides you the chance to rise up shut and private with them by giving out meals that the iguanas will eat out of your hand!
It’s a considerably uncommon expertise, however undoubtedly unforgettable! You can learn extra about it right here.
There you may have nearly each seaside Aruba has to supply, with plenty of choices for no matter your model or wishes may be. Best of all, you may simply go to any considered one of them from some other a part of the island in lower than an hour, supplied you may have the suitable automobile for the job.
If you’re searching for extra suggestions and tips about touring to Aruba, take a look at this Aruba Guide. If you’re searching for particular recommendations on island actions, you may discover 20 Outdoorsy Things to Do in Aruba useful!
Enjoy Aruba, and let me know in the feedback which seaside is your favourite!