From central Oranjestad to the north is where you'll find some of the most popular beaches on the island. Beginning with Druif Beach, you can walk up the coast for about 20 minutes and only encounter sand and shore. Many of these beaches feature resorts at the edge of the sand, all the way through Eagle Beach which is a popular topless beach and the last that is easily walked to from the center of town.
You will find several beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, for visitors who are so inclined. Just click on specific beach names to get additional information concerning that particular location.
A beach that offers snorkeling is North Renaissance Beach. If you find yourself across on Renaissance Island, you can head to the far north for a secluded beach that is perfect for catching some sun and watching the planes take of and land at Queen Beatrix International Airport.
Another top pick for snorkelers is Druif Beach. Despite its location near Oranjestad's busy downtown, Druif is surprisingly relaxing and quiet. With no motorized boats being permitted, romantic walks along Druif's power white sandy beaches become increasingly pleasurable.
Manchebo Beach: The water off of Manchebo Beach is too rough for water sports, but that just means fewer crowds, less noise, and more relaxation.
The beaches in and around Oranjestad are summarized in the table below.
|Andicuri||5.0 mi. East of Central Oranjestad||North East|
|De Palm Island||4.3 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad||South|
|Druif Beach||2.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Oranjestad||West|
|Eagle Beach||Eagle Beach, 3.0 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||North West|
|Hadicurari Beach||The vicinity of Palm Beach, 4.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad||North West|
|Manchebo Beach||Manchebo, 2.7 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||West|
|North Renaissance Beach||1.0 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad||East|
|Palm Beach||Palm Beach, 3.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad||North West|
|Renaissance Island||1.4 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad||West|
|Surfside Beach||1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad||West|
Of course, there are a nice selection of kinds attractions available. To read a more complete discussion of other attractions, read this page.
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