Aruba Beaches

Aruba Beaches
Aruba Beaches

Situated in the south Caribbean just off the coast of South America near Curacao and Bonaire, Aruba has a relatively dry climate, white sand, and beautifully clear water. Outside of the normal hurricane path, the island is cooled by gentle trade winds that create a sweet breeze for sunbathers or fill the sails for windsurfers or sailors. Just about perfect in every way, it's no surprise then that Aruba beaches are not only some of the best in the Caribbean, but also among the best beaches in the world.

Boca Catalina Beach
Boca Catalina Beach

The beaches of Aruba are located on nearly all sides of the island, but the best beaches are on the south and west coasts. Any type of beach goer can find something fun to do on the beaches of Aruba. The climate is perfect just about year round for sunbathing and swimming, but Aruba beaches are well known as ideal for water sports and snorkeling.

While the best beaches in Aruba are really subject to why you want to go to the beach in the first place, there are definite favorites. Palm Beach near the capital Oranjestad is one such favorite, primarily because of its choice location beside the high-rise resort district. All up and down this beach are resorts, which makes this area more crowded than some, but also provides a lot of amenities and services. All resorts open their amenities and grounds to the public, including equipment rentals.

North of Palm Beach are Hadicurari, Malmok, and Arashi beaches — all have white sand, are all great snorkeling destinations, and are accessible by car or public bus. Arashi and Malmok have no public services. Hadicurari is where the Hi-Winds Pro Am Windsurfing Competition takes place each year.

South of Palm Beach are Eagle, Manchebo, Druif, and Surfside beaches, which also all feature white sand beaches, as well as public bus and car access. Like Palm Beach, Eagle Beach has lots of motorized beach equipment for rent and nearby resort hotels.

Aruba's Baby Beach
Aruba's Baby Beach

While all of these Aruba beaches are relatively close together, there is a whole island to explore. If you prefer a more secluded beach, the best beaches in Aruba may be farther down the coast. For instance, Baby Beach is located southeast of San Nicolas at the far end of the island (it's only 21 miles across so it's not that far). Cruise ships don't dock in this area so beaches on this end are not as touristy, but not as touristy doesn't always mean uncrowded. Locals also have their favorite beaches.

If staying at a resort hotel with everyone else is just not your style, consider Aruba beach villas. Providing some privacy, space, and often a well-equipped home for your vacation time, Aruba beach villas are usually located close to the beaches of Aruba. Other options include renting a timeshare, or researching to find an apartment or condo for rent. Locating any of these types of lodging is possible to do on the internet, and many have websites or phone numbers listed online.

With perfect weather and great beaches, Aruba is the perfect vacation spot. Whether you are in a hotel, resort, or choose from the many Aruba beach villas, you will be near the beaches and amenities that make this island a great destination.

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