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 find several beaches to visit on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a quieter spot, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. To read a detailed article concerning a single beach simply click on the names of the ones you would like to learn about
If you enjoy snorkeling, a beach providing that option is Malmok Beach. Water sports are a particularly popular activity at Malmok, but if lounging in the sand is your thing, no worries. The atmosphere is relaxed and you can watch as sailboats and catamarans come in and out during the day to let snorkelers off in the shallow waters.
Another good option for snorkelers is Mangel Halto. Mangel Halto is a small, peaceful snorkeling and suntanning haven jutting out from Pos Chiquito. Surrounded by intriguing mangroves and dotted with thatched huts, its a wonderful little spot for relaxing in the middle of a residential area.
De Palm Island: De Palm Island is Aruba's premiere and only all-inclusive attraction. The activities on the island can accommodate everyone from families to those seeking romance and privacy.
Glance through the following table to learn more.
|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|
|De Palm Island||4.3 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||3.0 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||North West|
|Grapefield Beach||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Santu Patia||South East|
|Hadicurari Beach||1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Noord||North West|
|Malmok Beach||0.6 mi. West of Central Tierra Del Sol||North West|
|Manchebo Beach||2.7 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||West|
|Mangel Halto||5.4 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad||South|
|North Renaissance Beach||1.0 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad||East|
|Palm Beach||3.9 mi. North-Northwest 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 seeking more points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you might want to look farther afield. To read a more detailed discussion of other attractions, go to this article.
...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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