Aruba may be best known for its beautiful beaches and perfect weather, but you’re sure to be amazed by an incredible and exciting things to do.
Aruba is divided into the northeast and southwest coasts. The southwest has the white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and warm waters. The northeast coast, exposed to the Atlantic, has a few white sand beaches, cacti, rough seas with treacherous currents, and a rocky coastline.
Here are the best beaches in Aruba:
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1. Eagle Beach
2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award Winner for 3rd Best Beach in the World.
Eagle Beach is home to two of the most photographed and renowned Divi-Divi trees in Aruba. Four species of sea turtles nest in Aruba; most turtle nests are found on Eagle Beach. Turtle nests are often cordoned off here, with hatching usually takes place around sunset and during the night. This public beach offers plenty of parking, shady picnic areas and palapa huts. You can enjoy swimming here and local hotels can rent you with equipment for water sports or other beach activities.
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2. Palm Beach
Palm Beach is renowned for its two-mile-long strip of beach on the Northwest end of Aruba and is home to many water sports, piers, beach bars, restaurants, shops, and hotels. The white beaches and calm water makes the beach and region ideal for swimmers and vacationers.
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3. Arashi Beach
Arashi Beach is a white sand beach north of Malmok Beach. Arashi is an excellent location for sunbathing and just relaxing on the beach, or watching Aruba’s spectacular sunset. Here you will find an excellent snorkeling area with a rich underwater life.
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4. Baby Beach
The famous Baby Beach in Aruba is a true Caribbean beach paradise. It is named Baby Beach as the water is so calm it is safe for very small children. Because of the calm water, snorkeling at this beach is safe for children and others new to snorkeling.
The beach is popular mostly due to the lack of waves and shallow water. It is a man-made lagoon located on the southeast end of the island of Aruba.
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5. Boca Prins, Arikok
Boca Prins is part of the Arikok National Park. The white dunes in high contrast with the rocky shores.
The sign placed there strongly advises visitors not to enter the water, because of the currents and the high waves, it is actually dangerous to swim or snorkel here. If you are looking for privacy and a beach off the beaten track with an ocean view, Boca Prins is the right beach to visit.
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6. Boca Catalina
The beach is located in a prestigious residential area. Some of the characteristics are shallow waters with plenty of fish, good place to snorkel. White sandy beaches with some pebbles and stone.
Boca Catalina is a beautiful protected cove; the water is warm, crystal clear, with little swell. There is easy access to the crystal clear ocean which makes this an ideal beach for families.
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7. Flamingo Beach
Renaissance Island is privately owned exclusively by the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino and has the only private beaches on Aruba. The island is a manmade island spread over 40 acres and it is located off the coast near Oranjestad.
Flamingoes can be seen on the island. However, they are not native to Aruba. Flamingo Beach offers privacy, quietness, and a spectacular view of the pink flamingos.
8. Manchebo Beach
Manchebo Beach is located on the western side of Aruba and next to the Manchebo Beach Resort. This beautiful and wide beach is curved, approximately 800 meters long and 90 meters. Also known as Punta Brabo, the beach is by far Aruba’s widest beach.
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9. Boca Grandi Beach
This beach attracts the most advanced and adventurous kite surfers, locals and visitors. It’s only a 5 minute drive from downtown San Nicolas, the second largest city in Aruba and a perfect stop if you are driving to famous Baby Beach.
Boca Grandi offers no amenities and it is recommeding to come well-prepared, bringing a hat, UV sunglasses and high-SPF tanning lotion and don’t forget to check if it is ocean-friendly.
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10. Savaneta Beach
Located on the southwestern coast of Aruba, Savaneta was the island’s first capital until 1797. In the weekend it is a popular place for local people to hang out here, but during the week, it is quiet place you might enjoy to yourself.
Due to the close and easy access to the sea, this area became popular within the local fishing community.