Okay, I’m no expert on beaches or anything water-related. But as someone who has been to Aruba three times, especially one of which being a long term stay of almost 1.5 months, I think I deserve having some words about it 🙂
Aruba is a fantastic place for many reasons but to many people, beautiful beaches would be the first thing that comes to their mind. So here is a bit of information from my part.
1. Eagle Beach
Eagle beach starts from the lower west coast of Aruba. It’s also where you can see low and high rise hotels. If you go to the area between Low Rise and High Rise hotels, you can actually park your car pretty close by the beautiful white sand and you can jump right in the water. There are lots of huts available for anybody for free without prior booking. (note: all the beaches in Aruba are public, which means that no hotels can block certain beaches and open them only for their customers). The waves are not so strong so you can enjoy pretty calm and warm water almost all the time.
2. Palm Beach
Palm Beach is located in the High Rise hotel area, where Westin, Occidental, Holiday Inn, and Hyatt, etc are. The sand is narrower compared to Eagle Beach, but you can enjoy the closeness from your hotel if you’re staying any of the hotels abovementioned. I found that the waves are calmer here. You can still go to Palm Beach even if you’re not staying at any hotels here, but some facilities such as huts and beach chairs (+ towels) could be for hotel customers only.
3. Baby Beach
Despite the fact that it’s located in the opposite side of the island, Baby Beach is something definitely worth putting some effort to drive to. The great thing about this Baby Beach is that you can snorkel here and actually meet a lot of different kinds of fish. You can bring your own snorkeling equipment or you can rent it from the shack at the beach. There you can also buy some bread to feed fish – you’ll be amazed how quickly and how effectively a small piece of bread attracts so many fish. Be careful as some of them are so hungry that they might try to eat up your fingers. You can also try to throw some bread in the air for seagulls and see how fascinating catchers they are. Snorkeling here may not introduce you to the great corals but surely, it’s the place to look at some beautiful fish.
4. Arashi Beach
Probably due to a little distance from the hotel area, Arashi Beach is more for locals. If you want to enjoy a bit different atmosphere than Eagle or Palm beach, you may surely drive a bit up to the north from your hotel. It is more quiet because of less tourists, but you can see that the waves are stronger here. Off this Arashi Beach, it is the place where many snorkeling boats anchor for some time so that the tourists can enjoy snorkeling. You can see lots of fish but not so ‘up close and personal’ experience as Baby Beach in terms of snorkeling with fish.
5. Hadicurari Beach
I’m not sure if Hadicurari is also good for swimming. But this is the place if you want to try windsurfing or kiteboarding. Aruba has a year-round strong wind from the same direction, so that’s why Aruba is a famous destination for windsurfers. Upon parking your car right next to the beach, you’ll see some small offices from which you can rent the equipment.
Alright, have you chosen where to go? 😉