The beaches are one of the main reasons people visit Aruba. For obvious reasons. They’re on holiday and they want to relax. They’re in search for the perfect strip of golden sand; where they can lean back, read a book and cool down with a drink.
Aruba is all about the beaches, and there’s a beach for everyone. They vary in size, shape and charm, and whether you’re a loved up couple or a family of four, there’s a stretch of beautiful sand and crystal clear water waiting to meet your beach cravings.
On our second day, Sofia and I rented a car. We were two girls on four wheels with one mission: To discover some of Aruba’s hidden treasures. And I think we did. They may not all be super secret locations, but some of these beaches are located far enough from the resorts to be overlooked (note that Aruba is only a small island, so far is never really far).
This is my guide to six Aruban beaches!
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My favorite! Located at the southern tip of the island, a 30 minutes drive from Oranjestad, this beach boast soothing sand and calm waters. In other words; the perfect spot for kids, or a water wuss like myself. If the sun gets too hot, you can seek refuge under one of the small straw huts scattered on the Beach. And if you get thirsty, there’s a snack shack at your disposal.
We spent a small hour here, which was just enough for a quick dip in the shallow and sheltered water – SO Nice! – but not enough time to go snorkeling, which Baby Beach is apparantly great for.
This beach is first and foremost known for the infamous pictures of the two Fofoti trees (also called Divi Divi trees). Google ‘Aruba’ and you’re bound to come across a picture of the pair of them with their windswept profile pointing towards the sea. The reason for this particular shape is the trade winds. They constantly blow across the island from the northeast, ensuring cooling air and awesomely shaped trees.
Eagle Beach is stunning. The sand is so white it will blind you, and the water is clear, calm and beautiful. There’s also plenty of water sports to be enjoyed, and if you come here on Sundays you can play Beach Tennis with the locals.
Next door to Eagle Beach is Palm Beach. Equally as nice and with a number of restaurants and bars lined up on the water’s edge. During the day there are plenty of water fun to keep you entertained; from jet ski, parasailing and paddle to kite boarding and windsurfing. This is also a nice place to watch the sunset, which is what we did one evening, followed by a lovely dinner at Passion Restaurant. The restaurant is actually located on Eagle Beach, but you wouldn’t know one beach from the other. They’re like a two-for-one kinda deal.
When the sun sets, Aruba’s nightlife awakens, and it’s in the Eagle / Palm Beach area, close to many of the bigger hotels, where most of the island fun takes place.
Also worth noting is that Boardwalk Hotel, where we stayed, is located only a few minutes walk from Palm Beach. So if you choose to stay here, you’ll never be far from sea, sand, sun and fun!
Boca Catalina Beach
Boca Catalonia is small, charming and sort of secluded. Secluded in the sense that it’s very easy to overlook. Whoops, and you’ve passed it, never knowing what you’ve missed out on. It’s pretty, it’s where the locals like to hang, and it’s a great spot for snorkelling.
Reflexions Beach Bar & Restaurant
We were half way through our day of exploring; we were hungry and we were thirsty, so we decided to check out the first place we saw, which seemed to offer what we needed. So there we were, at Reflexions Beach Bar & Restaurant, right smack in Oranjestad.
This, we quickly realized, is where you come to chill, nurse a hangover and have a mojito. There’s a pool, there are comfortable couches and a couple of heavenly beach beds. They claim to be the best beach in Aruba, and I don’t know about that, but what I do know, is that I definitively wouldn’t mind to spend a day here; sipping cocktails and enjoying the sea views.
This is a private beach on a private island, which belongs to the Renaissance Hotel. Non-residences need to pay a ‘fee’ of $99 to spend the day there (the shuttle boat leaves from Marina Tower). The day pass apparently includes lunch and a drink, but do double check that.
I really enjoyed Flamingo Beach! Mostly because of the flamingos, but also because the beach is nice and the surroundings very pretty. Honeymooners, and other grown-ups looking for some downtime, will be happy to hear the island is divided in two sections: One for adults and one for kids.
Thank you for checking in and for checking out some of Aruba’s beautiful beaches :)
This trip was sponsored by KLM and Boardwalk Hotel Aruba,
in collaboration with Aruba Tourism Authority.
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