Aruba's beaches are famous for their picture-perfect white sands and calm, relaxing waters. Beaches along the southwestern side of Aruba are good for swimming and relaxing. The northern beaches, with slightly choppier surf, are good for sight-seeing and sun-bathing.
Aruba's beaches are among the most renowned beaches in the Caribbean. Beachfront hotels are set in lush gardens full of the abundant plant and animal life found on Aruba, from feeding hummingbirds to green iguanas. Resources for swimming, sunbathing, sailing, fishing, and snorkeling are available at its most popular beaches. Keep in mind that while the most popular ones are public, beach tables and umbrellas often belong to hotels who may charge non-guests to use them. Open-air bars even serve drinks and snacks for beach-goers while watersports enthusiasts can often find beachfront rentals as well.
While Aruba's main beachfront area, Palm Beach, fronts many high rise hotels, it still retains the power of its natural beauty. Adjacent to Palm Beach is Hadicurari Beach, a popular location for wind-surfing. Windsurfers can be found there almost every day, and each year, Hadicurari hosts the Hi Winds World Challenge, a huge windsurfing competition. With shallow waters and shaded tables, this is a great location for swimming and picnicking.
Travelers who long for total escape can also find what they're searching for in Aruba. Manchebo, which also goes by the name Punto Brabo, is far more tranquil than Aruba's other beaches. Still, like the other beaches in Aruba, it is fronted by hotels and resorts. The more secluded beaches, like this one, are lined by smaller hotels and resorts. Still, you may not find as many amenities at these beaches. It is important to note that Manchebo Beach, itself, is one of Aruba's tops-optional beaches, so travelers who wish to avoid such beaches may want to ask about specific beaches before visiting.
You will discover an abundance of beaches to visit on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you should find some appealing options. Just click on the name of each beach for more detail concerning that particular location.
One beach where you can go snorkeling is Malmok Beach. Easily accessible by car (plenty of parking) and taxi. Public transport is also a nice option - the Malmok bus stop lets you off right at the beach.
Another top pick for snorkelers is Mangel Halto. The beach here is small but peaceful, and the calm, clear waters that surround are perfect for shore diving and snorkeling. Wildlife abounds here, especially under the surface where the reef reaches down more than 100 feet in spots.
Renaissance Island: The beaches at this tropical retreat are blindingly white, but shade can be found under the many palm trees. Beach volleyball and tennis courts are available on land, while snorkeling, wave-running, kayaking, paddle-boating and more are available off shore.
The following chart enables you to learn some key facts concerning the beaches available on the island.
|Andicuri||Central Aruba||North East|
|Arashi Beach||0.9 mi. Northwest of Central Tierra Del Sol||North West|
|Baby Beach||3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Lagoville||South|
|Bachelor's Beach||3.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Lagoville||South East|
|Boca Catalina||0.7 mi. West of Central Tierra Del Sol||North West|
|Boca Grandi Beach||2.9 mi. East of Central Lagoville||South East|
|Conchi (Natural Pool)||1.6 mi. Northeast of Central Shette||East|
|5.2 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad||South|
|Dos Playa||3.9 mi. North of Central Brasil||East|
|Druif Beach||1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad||West|
|Eagle Beach||2.1 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||North West|
|Grapefield Beach||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Santu Patia||South East|
|Hadicurari Beach||0.7 mi. South West of Central Tierra Del Sol||North West|
|Malmok Beach||0.6 mi. West of Central Tierra Del Sol||North West|
|Manchebo Beach||1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||West|
|Mangel Halto||6.3 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad||South|
|North Renaissance Beach||1.0 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad||East|
|Palm Beach||3.3 mi. North of Central Oranjestad||North West|
|Renaissance Island||1.4 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad||West|
|Rodgers Beach||1.8 mi. South of Central Santu Patia||West|
|Santo Largo||1.8 mi. West of Central Brasil||South|
|0.9 mi. South West of Central Lagoville||South West|
|Surfside Beach||1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad||West|
If you are looking for a wider range of points of interest beyond the category on this page, you might want to look at other locations. Click on this link to read our page dedicated to other interesting attractions for Aruba.
...watch pelicans fish in the perfect blue waters...
Nature lovers and divers can also enjoy Aruba's beaches. Snorkelers can enjoy a keen view of elkhorn coral and birdwatchers will have the chance to watch pelicans fish in the perfect blue waters. However, the quietest beaches have hardly any facilities, so you may want to come prepared. These are the opposite of the bustling beaches found in the most touristed areas of the island.
No matter which of Aruba's beaches you decide to visit, remember to bring basic beach supplies like towels and mats to sit on, in case you can't find an available table. Also make sure to bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen to keep your energy up and your skin safe while enjoying the Caribbean sun!
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