The best beaches on Aruba
By Tristan Ralston on 3rd June, 2016
From action-packed sands to serene stretches and secluded coves, each of Aruba’s alabaster world-renowned beaches has its own unique signature. Here’s 13 of the best beaches on Aruba.
Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and sun worshippers. In contrast, the wind-whipped beaches on the northeast coast have no amenities but they do offer tranquility, privacy and magnificent natural phenomena. Here, however, swimming is not recommended due to the strong undertow and crashing waves. Both coasts afford spectacular Caribbean views and all beaches are open to the public.
The northwestern-most stretch of beach is Arashi, just after the California Lighthouse. The shallow area extends for some distance. With makeshift huts and a large parking area, Arashi attracts snorkelers with its gentle currents and abundant sea life.
Going towards the hotels, Boca Catalina follows, a small secluded bay perfect for swimming. The surrounding rocky shores make it fun for both fishing and jumping in the water.
Malmok Beach is a narrow stretch fronting luxury homes and modest windsurfing residences. Its shallow clear waters attract snorkelers. Here catamarans and sailboats drop anchor for a daytime snorkeling stop just offshore. Reefs and sunken wrecks nearby offer excellent diving.
Hadicurari Beach is home to the Fisherman’s Huts, a mecca for windsurfers and kitesurfers, and the venue for sailing and surfing events throughout the year. It is a rocky strip right before the Ritz-Carlton.
Fisherman’s Hut at Hadicurari Beach
Extending two miles, Palm Beach is home to luxury high-rise resorts, shopping/entertainment centers and world-class restaurants. Myriad watersports companies rent all kinds of boats and equipment; hotels and piers feature beachfront shops, cafes, bars and eateries.
Close by is Eagle Beach, a popular public beach with some palapa huts for shade. Nearby hotels provide cabanas and lounges for their guests.
The widest stretch of beach is the tranquil Manchebo Beach, dotted with swaying palms. Jutting out at the island’s western-most point, it can have rough surf from converging currents. Druif Beach, a long narrow oval-shaped stretch, is home to the low-rise Divi Mega Resorts. Passing through downtown Oranjestad and driving towards the airport on the way to San Nicolas, one can see shallow and calm mangrove-covered lagoons that front narrow sandy stretches. Mangel Halto is a small beach in Pos Chikito. It is a perfect picnicking, sunning, shore diving and snorkeling spot and rich in sea life supported by a network of mangroves.
Past the town of San Nicolas in Seroe Colorado is Baby Beach, a placid, shallow half-moon lagoon. Although the waters are shallow, snorkelers and swimmers should beware of strong currents if wading out too far. The neighboring Rodgers Beach overlooks the refinery but the powdery white sands are delightful and the lagoon offers interesting snorkeling with its seagrass beds.
Edging Seroe Colorado is a semi-circular reef-protected cove known as Boca Grandi. A mecca for kitesurfers, it wraps around a bay and has sugar-white sand dunes. Just north, a secluded area known as Grapefield is a tranquil snorkel and picnic spot amidst large sea grape groves.
Fancy some more beach inspiration? Check out this post about 8 of the best beaches in and around the Caribbean!
What’s your favorite beach on Aruba?