One Happy Island – Beautiful Beaches and Clear Waters
Aruba is a small but beautiful island located in the Caribbean Sea, South America, near Venezuela and Curaçao. It is known for its clean beaches, its outstanding natural landscapes, and fun nightlife. I have had the opportunity to visit this magical place twice, and after doing a lot of sightseeing and exploring the entire island, I’ve come up with a Top 5 Best Beaches list to guide beach lovers and tourists and to help them decide which beaches to visit during their stay, according to their preferences.
Every traveler has its own favorite beaches and touristic sites, but in my view, these are Aruba’s Best Beaches:
1. Eagle Beach
This is the most famous beach in Aruba, which has been voted Best Caribbean Beach several times. This little piece of paradise is great for swimming or to just lay on the sand and relax, and if you love watersports, then this is also a great reason to visit this place. There are numerous watersports centers where you can book a ride on waverunners or where you can do other activities such as parasailing, kayaking, waterski, among others.
Go for a walk by the shore and feel the soft white sand as you enjoy the view: on one side you will see the beautiful clear water of the Caribbean Sea, and on the other side you will see the fancy structures of Aruba’s most elegant hotels and resorts.
This beach tends to be very crowded (though it really depends on the season) and each hotel has its own private area for its guests, but don’t worry! Eagle Beach is always open to the public and there’s always an available spot to spend your day at this beach.
2. Arashi Beach
Located on the northwest coast of Aruba, Arashi Beach is one of the most relaxing and calm beaches of the entire island. There’s no need to worry about big waves or strong currents, which is the reason why people love snorkeling and swimming there.
If you’re a snorkeling fan, you will definitely want to check out the wonderful elkhorn corals and the marine life that can be seen under the calm waters of Arashi Beach: starfish, little and colorful fish, eels, among other species. One of the best things about this place (and of Aruba’s beaches in general) is that you don’t need to be a professional diver to explore the impressive underwater world. In Arashi Beach, it is not really necessary to dive far to see the corals, and since this is a very calm beach with almost no big waves, it is also very safe to do this kind of activities there.
Another interesting fact about Arashi Beach is that not only will you be able to enjoy a peaceful beach with beautiful corals, but you’ll also see one of Aruba’s most important sights: The California Lighthouse.
3. Baby Beach
This southern beach is famous for its calm and shallow waters where it is possible to swim, swim and continue swimming far away and you’ll still be able to touch the bottom of the sea!
As you can tell by its name, this is beach is perfect if you are traveling with kids and want to spend some time in a serene beach where they can safely swim and have fun without worrying about dangerous and deep waters. And if you’re not traveling with kids, it’s still a great place to relax and enjoy the magic of the Caribbean Sea.
4. Mangel Halto
This is perhaps one of the less famous beaches of Aruba, but people don’t know what they are missing out! If you feel like swimming in a quiet place, head to Savaneta and spend a few hours at Mangel Halto beach.
What makes Mangel Halto such a unique and different beach, is the fact that it is surrounded by fascinating mangroves, and it is also very shallow, which makes it perfect for snorkeling.
Another fun fact: there are no palapas or beach huts, people simply go there to swim or to do some snorkeling, so it’s not really a place to lay on the sand and to get a tan. But if you just want a quiet place that is not very crowded where you can peacefully swim, then this is the perfect spot for you.
5. Andicuri Beach
If you’re looking forward to getting away, escaping from the crowds and heading to a more tranquil beach, this is the right place for you. Andicuri Beach is located in a slightly remote area of Aruba’s east coast and it may be a little bit hard to find, but once you’re there you’ll experience the true beauty of a beach that offers a breathtaking view surrounded by cliffs and a shore with huge waves.
Andicuri Beach is characterized by its strong currents and massive waves, reason why it is not recommended to swim there, however, adventure-seekers love to bodyboard here, a very exciting water sport in which it is possible to surf without standing up! You just need to lay on your chest and let your arms and the waves do the rest of the job. Others prefer surfing or just jumping from the cliffs. This is the perfect beach for adventurers!
On your way to Andicuri Beach, you’ll be able to see the remains of the Natural Bridge, which sadly collapsed in 2005 but its surroundings and beautiful landscapes make this a worth-visiting site. In fact, there is another (but smaller) natural bridge around that will catch your attention: Baby Bridge.
You’ll need to get there by car since it is not easily accessible. People prefer renting ATVs or Jeeps to explore this area of Aruba, which makes the adventure even more fun!
There are of course other interesting beaches in this Caribbean island, such as Palm Beach, which is next to Eagle Beach and they are both quite similar; Manchebo Beach, Boca Catalina, the private islands: De Palm Beach and Renaissance Island; among others. Each one of them has its special charm and they all make up the beautiful island of Aruba, a little paradise where you’ll find the most amazing natural landscapes, clear waters and blue skies.