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North
Shore
Beaches

 

Arashi Beach

·   Swimming conditions: Excellent with calm water.

·   Beach side: White powder sand. Snack bar, recently upgraded with toilets and showers, palapas and beach huts for shade, and plenty of parking.

·   Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

Arashi Beach is located north of Malmok Beach, at the edge of a lovely residential area. It skirts a barren lunar landscape and the winding road that leads up to the majestic California Lighthouse. This is a quiet narrow stretch of beach with makeshift huts and a large parking area. A favorite with locals, Arashi Beach boasts gentle currents and abundant underwater life, making it a perfect spot for snorkeling.

Aruba: Arashi Beach

 

Boca Catalina

·         Swimming conditions: Shallow water and lots of fish make this another good choice for snorkeling.

·         Beach side: White sand with some pebbles and stones. No nearby facilities.

·         Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.


Boca Catalina is a small, secluded bay accessible by steps, perfect for a private swim.

Aruba: Boca Catalina

 

Malmok Beach

Malmok Beach is a narrow sandy stretch that is home to sprawling homes and a variety of modest windsurfing residences; its shallow clear waters make it a popular snorkeling spot. Here catamarans and sailboats stop for a daytime snorkeling stop just off the shoreline.

Reefs and sunken wrecks nearby afford excellent diving.

Aruba: Malmok Beach

 

Fisherman’s Hut (Hadicurari)

·         Swimming conditions: Very shallow water. Excellent for windsurfing.

·         Beach side: White powder sand; some pebbles and stones.

·         Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

Hadicurari Beach (Fisherman’s Huts) is a rocky strip out past the Marriott Aruba Resort, where windsurfers slice the water and the aeronautics of colorful kite-surf crescents punctuate the horizon. Once home to the island’s fishermen, it is a popular spot for surfing enthusiasts and the venue for sporting events and tournaments throughout the year.

Aruba: Fisherman’s Hut (Hadicurari)

 

Palm Beach

·         Swimming conditions: Excellent with calm water.

·         Beach side: White powder sand.

·         Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

The renowned two-mile-long strip known as Palm Beach is home to glamorous high-rise hotels and dotted by water sports concessions, piers, beach bars, restaurants and shops. Calm waters make this a comfortable haven for swimmers and snorkelers. A walk along the coast at dawn or sunset is perfect for exercise and quiet reflection. Taking in the magnificent tangerine sunset or enjoying candle-lit, barefoot dining on the beach can be the perfect finale to a lazy or exciting day of sun and sea.

Aruba: Palm Beach

 

Mid
Shore
Beaches

 

Eagle Beach

·         Swimming conditions: Gentle surf.

·         Beach side: Miles of white powder sand.

·         Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

Eagle Beach is a popular public area fringing the main road, affording clear, sparkling seas, ample parking, shaded picnic areas, some huts, and a variety of motorized water sports. Several hotels are nearby and just across the road; some provide cabanas and lounges for their guests. During Easter week, tents dot the coastline as local families enjoy the tradition of camping out.

Aruba: Eagle Beach

 

Manchebo Beach

·         Swimming conditions: Gentle surf.

·         Beach side: Broad stretch of white powder sand and hotel facilities nearby.

·         Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

Just past the low-rise resorts is Manchebo Beach, a very private, undisturbed area named after an Arawak chief. This very wide stretch of flat beach is dotted with swaying palms and the occasional beach lounge. Jutting out at the island’s most western point, this location is aptly named Punta Brabo for some angry surf resulting from converging currents.

Aruba: Manchebo Beach

 

Druif Beach

·         Swimming conditions: Excellent with calm water.

·         Beach side: Broad stretch of white powder sand and hotel facilities nearby.

·         Accessible by Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

Druif Beach, a long, narrow oval-shaped stretch of ivory sand, is home to the casual low-rise resorts. Here, rooms are just steps away from the relatively calm Caribbean waters. Though not too far from bustling downtown Oranjestad, Druif Beach is a quiet and relaxing spot for sunning and socializing.

Aruba: Druif Beach

 

Surfside Beach

·       Swimming conditions: Excellent with calm water.

·       Beach side: White sand with some pebbles and stones. Nearby facilities.

·       Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

Aruba: Surfside Beach

 

Mid
Shore
Islands

 

Sonesta/Renaissance Island

·        Swimming conditions: Excellent with calm water.

·        Beach side: Broad stretch of white powder sand and hotel facilities nearby. You choose between the public or the private beach.

·        Accessible by boat trip offered by Renaissance

Aruba: Sonesta/Renaissance Island

 

De Palm Island

·        Swimming conditions: Gentle surf, great for snorkeling

·        Beach side: White powder sand. Good spot for picnics. Waterpark for kids available.

·        Accessible by boat trip offered by De Palm Island

Aruba: De Palm Island

 

South
Shore
Beaches

Mangel Halto

·         Swimming conditions: Shallow water.

·         Beach side: White powder sand. Good spot for picnics.

·         Accessible by car or taxi.

Mangel Halto is located in Pos Chiquito on the southeast coast just south of the Spanish Lagoon. It is a perfect sunning and snorkeling spot with calm, shallow waters rich in sea life supported by an intriguing network of mangroves. It is a secluded beach area perfect for picnics with white powdery sand and huts for shade. An excellent shore diving site, it is possible to walk out to the edge of the reef to behold such fish as parrotfish, yellowtail snapper, sergeant majors and blue tangs as well as deep water gorgonians, sponges and anemones. The reef plunges to depths of 110’ where octopi, morays and barracuda abound.

Aruba: Mangel Halto

 

Rodgers Beach

·         Swimming conditions: Excellent with calm water.

·         Beach side: White powder sand.

·         Accessible by car or taxi.

Rodgers Beach is a narrow powdery white strip close-by, where fishermen anchor their boats, protected by the calm waters of the bay.

Aruba: Rodgers Beach

 

Baby Beach

·        Swimming conditions: Excellent and a great spot for snorkeling.

·         Beach side: Very shallow water. White powder sand.

·         Recently updated with some facilities like beach palapas, bathrooms, etc.

·         Accessible by public bus, car or taxi.

Baby Beach is located in Seroe Colorado at the southeastern end of the island. This area was once known as “The Colony” because executives and their families lived in a gated community during the bustling half-century operation of the Lago Refinery. Baby Beach is a sandy half-moon sandy expanse in a calm lagoon, with a refreshment stand and huts. The waters are shallow; swimmers can wade out for a long distance and still touch the sea bottom. Where the bay opens out to the sea, snorkelers will behold a colorful kaleidoscope of coral and tropical fish, but watch out for strong currents here.

Aruba: Baby Beach

 

Boca Grandi

·        Swimming conditions: Better suited for extreme sports enthusiasts like kite and board surfing. Not suited for swimming due to strong currents.

·         Beach side: White powder sand. No facilities.

·         Accessible by car or taxi.

Aruba: Boca Grandi

 

Dos Playa

·        Swimming conditions: Not recommended for swimming due to huge waves and strong currents.

·         Beach side: A lovely spot for a picnic, or to simply admire the view.

·         Accessible by 4-wheel drive.

Aruba: Dos Playa