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Best Things to do in Aruba this Summer

5 days ago

Summer is upon us and if you are planning a last-minute trip you might just want to put Aruba at the top of your list. Check out our recommendations for the best things to do and discover why summer is the perfect time to head to our happy island! Flip Flop Festival Summertime calls for … Continue reading “Best Things to do in Aruba this Summer”

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Best Things to do in Aruba this Summer

5 days ago

Summer is upon us and if you are planning a last-minute trip you might just want to put Aruba at the top of your list. Check out our recommendations for the best things to do and discover why summer is the perfect time to head to our happy island!

Summertime calls for fun festivals with your toes in the sand! Luckily after a 5 year long hiatus Flip Flop Festival is making a return! Mark your calendars for June 1st, 2024 as we bring back the sun, sand, and flip-flop fun. Flip Flop is calling. Flip Flop Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in Aruba. You can expect nothing but loads of fun, music, drinks, and entertainment on the beach. This year, Kes the Band is the official festival headliner, get more event details here.

Every year the  Aruba’s Regatta has several days filled with races and fun on the beach. Sailors from Curacao and Bonaire also come to join in on the fun. Those expected to participate in this year’s event include mini sailboats, beachcats, optimists, kites, IQ-Foils, windsurfers, sunfishes, lasers, and yachts. This year’s regatta will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th of June 2024, west of Surfside beach, just behind the Neptali Henriquez Speeltuin. There are two full days of racing and a happy hour at the end of each day, with live music, view event details here.

How can you pick just one of Aruba’s beautiful beaches to visit when there are so many to fall in love with? You can’t! That is exactly why we suggest spending a day or two beach hopping. Pack a cooler with your favorite food and drinks, grab your friends, and hop in your rental car and get to soaking up the warm sunshine and swimming in Aruba’s pretty blues! Check out our suggested beaches to visit.

This year marks the 7th edition of Aruba’s “I Do” Vow Renewal ceremony, the largest vow renewal ceremony in the Caribbean. The ceremony usually takes place in August, stay tuned for the official date announcement. It will take place during Aruba’s glowing sunset hour on the one and only, world-famous Eagle Beach, one of the top rated beaches in the Caribbean and in the world!

Do you want to create memories that will undoubtedly last a lifetime and join in on this dreamy and romantic experience? To take part in this special day, simply register with the Aruba Tourism Authority. Couples are encouraged to dress in white with pops of Caribbean colors. The ceremony is free, yes you’ve read that right, free! So, will you take part in the Caribbean’s most romantic day of the year?

Come witness for yourself why San Nicolas has quickly transformed into the street art capital of the Caribbean! Thanks to many local and international artists, art influencers, and cultural activists, Aruba is now more colorful and vibrant than ever… making for the perfect destination for those seeking artistic beauty. Visiting San Nicolas is a must when on the island. Make sure to have a fully charged camera or phone on hand, as there is an abundance of vibrant murals that make perfect backdrops for all your vacation snapshots. Get a preview of Aruba’s street art here.

The culinary scene in Aruba is incredibly impressive for such a small island in the Caribbean. There are plenty of exceptional restaurants nearby the resort and downtown areas, beachfront, and in the downtown area. In addition, it is also worth seeking out the more under-the-radar casual dining spots and food trucks located throughout different areas of the island. Go ahead and satisfy your foodie senses and cravings.

Browse and book restaurants and dining experiences in Aruba.

While we encourage you to enjoy as many relaxing beach days as possible (how could one resist our soft, white-sand beaches and endless sunshine?), we also hope travelers take the time to veer off the beaten path and experience some true island adventure.

Our island’s national park covers about 20% of the island and is the perfect place to explore the diverse natural beauty that Aruba has to offer. Simply purchase a day pass at the park’s visitors center and be on your way! You can do so by jeep or opt for a more active and environmentally-friendly way and go hiking. There are plenty of natural sights and attractions (caves, gold ruins, wild beaches, hiking trails, natural pools, and more) on the wild east coast of the island. It is sure to leave you fascinated by just how different it is from the other side of the island, which is home to the majority of our island’s resorts and calmer beaches.

Be sure to check out the following sights. Some of our favorite places include the Natural Pool (Conchi), Small Cave Pool, Fontein Cave and Freshwater Pond, Hooiberg, Alto Vista Chapel,  Spanish Lagoon, and the street art, museums and restaurants in San Nicolas. If you don’t want to explore the island on your own browse guided tours and activities to join.

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Our Guide for Best Beaches to Visit in Aruba 2024

12 days ago

As fellow beach lovers, sea, sun, and sand are a part of our DNA. If you happen to fall into this same category and are planning a trip to Aruba, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite beaches in Aruba that you simply cannot miss out on. From soft white sand beaches with palm trees … Continue reading “Our Guide for Best Beaches to Visit in Aruba 2024”

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Our Guide for Best Beaches to Visit in Aruba 2024

12 days ago

As fellow beach lovers, sea, sun, and sand are a part of our DNA. If you happen to fall into this same category and are planning a trip to Aruba, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite beaches in Aruba that you simply cannot miss out on. From soft white sand beaches with palm trees swaying in the wind, to wild and unruly inlet beaches on the East Coast, we’ve got a unique mix of beaches for you to experience.

Check out our beach map to find specific beach locations across the island.

Browse an extensive list of some of Aruba’s best beaches below:

What more needs to be said? Eagle Beach is… simply perfection. You very well may have already heard of this beach, as it is one of the top-rated beaches in the world, time and time again! A wide, spacious beach with plenty of palapas and some shaded tree areas to plop down under to spend the day relaxing. With the soft white sugary sand and nice open water conditions, it is a great place for a swim. Let’s just say it is the epitome of a perfect beach in paradise. Eagle Beach is located in the low-rise hotel area.

Splashworthy highlight: It’s been rated one of the best beaches in the world (time and time again) and the best beach in the Caribbean.

Beach bum tip: Pack a cooler, grab a spot under one of the shady trees or a palapa, and spend the entire day here, Eagle Beach is perfect for a full day at the beach.

Located nearby the Spanish lagoon, in Pos Chiquito (South of the airport in the direction of Savaneta), Mangel Halto is secluded, peaceful and intimate. There are plenty of little nooks and crannies to discover at this unique beach. Choose from the sandy and lush mangrove spots (this area is currently being renovated so that it can remain as environmentally friendly as possible, as well as provide space for visitors), or one of the mysterious old rock stairways leading down to the calm and mesmerizing shades of blue.

Splashworthy highlight: There are plenty of hidden spots to get some peace and quiet, you just need to do a bit of searching as they are not all easily visible from up above.

Beach bum tip: Head to Zeerover’s for a local sea-to-table lunch before or after your beach visit since it’s only a short drive away from Mangel Halto.

Located just past (and to the right of) the big red anchor in Sero Colorado, Boca Grandi is a wild and blue heaven for experienced and daring kite surfers. Making for the perfect place to sit and watch the surfers glide by! Find yourself some shade from the strong sun under one of the several handmade driftwood shacks spotted along the coastline.

Splashworthy highlight: Bring everything you may need for a comfortable afternoon at the beach since there is nothing within close distance, it is secluded and wild, as it should be. There are a few local restaurants near and in San Nicolas worth stopping by for a bite (Kamini’s Kitchen, O’Niel, Neighbas, etc.).

Beach bum tip: If you are not an experienced surfer or swimmer, we urge you to just “get your feet wet” and admire the breathtaking views from the shore. This is a wild beach with rough water conditions and strong currents, swimming is strongly advised against.

Palm Beach is a two-mile strip known for its white sand and turquoise water. Looking for a little action and fun? This place is filled with it but don’t worry there is still room for plenty of relaxation! This beach is a popular hangout for tourists as it is concentrated in front of the high-rise resorts. There is a long sidewalk that runs along the strip making it a great place for a walk with a view. This lively beach with calm and clear waters is great for swimming, sun-tanning, relaxing, and socializing. Both young and old will find everything they need as the beach features several beach bars, restaurants, hotels, and watersports companies.

Splashworthy highlight: It is a great beach for entertainment, both day and night. Enjoy watersports and plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance.

Beach bum tip: Since there are beach bars and places to grab a bite up and down Palm Beach, we suggest hitting a beach bar for happy hour and catching the breathtaking sunset glow.

The name speaks for itself, Dos Playa means two beaches (in one)! Located in Aruba’s National Park, it can be reached by car (a 4×4 jeep is definitely recommended) or hiking. It’s known as a popular beach for experienced surfers. You may come across a sea turtle nest, so please always be cautious where you walk.

Splashworthy highlight: Great for experienced surfers and perfect for capturing beautiful and wild water photography.

Beach bum tip: This is a wild beach with rough water conditions and strong currents, swimming is strongly advised against.

Baby Beach is located at the Southern tip of the island, just past San Nicolas, on the other side of the island from the popular hotel area. The clear turquoise water in this picturesque bay is warm, shallow, and is sheltered from the rough seas by a man-made breakwater. Picture a pool of pretty shades of blue, calm and shallow – perfect for wading the day away! This beach is popular for sunbathing, snorkeling, and the perfect hang-out for families, as the water level is generally between knee and waist-deep, making it a perfect place for kids to swim. With this being said, don’t let its name fool you, just like any beach on the island, if you approach the end of the bay the current gets stronger, always remain cautious.

Splashworthy highlight: Great beach for families and spending the entire day there. If you don’t have enough food and drinks on hand, no worries there are two restaurants and bars on site.

Beach bum tip: Stay within the bay of Baby Beach, do not swim out to the break, the current gets surprisingly strong.

There is no other beach like it on the island! This is truly a one-of-a-kind beach. As the name suggests, it is made up of black stones, there is no sand to be found here! Not exactly the beach to sit and relax at but absolutely worth the visit to take in the breathtaking, dramatic views. You’ll find Blackstone Beach within walking distance of Andicuri Beach on the East coast of the island.

Splashworthy highlight: This is a very unique environment, making it a perfect place for catching some rare and wild photography shots.

Beach bum tip: This is a wild beach with rough water conditions and strong currents, swimming is strongly advised against.

A nice quiet and relaxing beach with calm water, white sand, palapas & huts, a snack shack, and a large parking lot. The calm currents and plentiful underwater marine life make this beach a perfect spot for snorkeling and a favorite with locals. Arashi Beach is the last stretch of beach on the Northwestern side of Aruba and is located past Boca Catalina just before the California Lighthouse.

Splashworthy highlight: A nice beach for families since the water is relatively calm and there is a snack hut on-site.

Beach bum tip: If it’s a busy day and you want to get away from the crowds, keep walking further down (in the North direction) and you will find yourself a nice quiet spot.

This beach may be smaller in size compared to others, but it is just what you need to have yourself a perfect and relaxing day in paradise! Boca Catalina is beautiful and peaceful, and offers great scenery (you’ll have a great view of the passing catamarans, boats and adorable pelicans). This area also has perfect conditions for snorkeling, you will find a diversity of marine life very close to shore.

Splashworthy highlight: The perfect place for some snorkeling as the water is on the shallow side and there is an abundance of marine life to be found here.

Beach bum tip: Try to get there on the earlier side to claim a palapa or shady tree area, as there are not too many available. Don’t forget to pack your cooler, the closest place to grab a snack or drink nearby is Arashi Beach.

While Tres Trapi is not exactly a beach, and more of a nook found among the carved-out rock and coral walls, once you take the stairs down to the sand, you’ll witness one-of-a-kind crystal clear water conditions and have yourself a dip of a lifetime! If you’re lucky you’ll even spot a sea turtle or two. Please remember to keep a safe distance between you and all of the marine life you discover under the sea. Its location is a bit hidden, you’ll find it situated between Malmok and Boca Catalina on the Northwestern side of the island.

Splashworthy highlight: A great place for a swim as the water conditions here are perfect, clear and calm, making for a heavenly dip in the sea!

Beach bum tip: Head there in the morning hours while it’s still more on the quiet side and you’ll be able to swim alongside the sea turtles that often come floating by! Just please always remember to keep a safe distance from all marine life to ensure they are safe and remain protected.

This unique spot is a bit hidden and off the map (let’s just say it takes an adventure to get here), but it is most definitely worth making the effort to get to! It’s located on the wild Northeast coast, in between Rancho Daimari and Conchi (The Natural Pool). You can either drive a jeep into the National Park and park nearby and walk the rest of the way or, you can hike from the Rancho Daimari area. Once you arrive you will find it to be wildly refreshing… just you, the ocean and nature. What more could you ask for?

Splashworthy highlight: This is a great destination to cool off after a beautiful hike. Also, the sand break that splits between the water makes for a great photoshoot location.

Beach bum tip: This is a wild beach with rough water conditions and strong currents, swimming is strongly advised against.

Druif Beach, also referred to as Divi Beach to some, is a mile-long, stretch of beach between Oranjestad and Eagle Beach. This beach is home to several Divi Resorts and a picturesque beach bar just steps away from the soft white sand beach – a perfect place to watch the sun go down!

Splashworthy highlight: Do not skip out on visiting the Beach Bar Aruba, located directly on the beach across from Divi Golf & Beach Resort. It’s the perfect place to enjoy happy hour and watch the sun go down.

Beach bum tip: This beach is a bit closer to the downtown area than other beaches, so if you need to stay closer to Oranjestad or the Cruise Ship Terminal, this is the beach for you. If you walk a bit further down you can also reach Eagle Beach, that’s right, two beaches in one day!

If Aruba has been on your list to visit, it’s likely you have “go see the flamingos” listed towards the top of your vacation to-do’s. Well, let it be known, while every now and then (if you’re very lucky) you can catch a wild flock passing by the island, the place to find them is on Renaissance Island (they can now also be found on De Palm Island). This tropical oasis is a short ride away from Renaissance Marina downtown. The island belongs to the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort and is exclusively available to their guests. Day passes are available for purchase (for non-resort guests) when the resort occupancy rate is not too high. The island includes a spa, restaurant & bar, plenty of lounge chairs, as well as private luxury beach cabanas over the water and on the beach available to rent.

Splashworthy highlight: This is a great place to seek some quiet and intimate vibes with your significant other and get away from the hustle and bustle. Oh, and don’t forget to snap pictures with our famous pink flamingo friends!

Beach bum tip: If day passes are available or if you are visiting the on-island spa, we recommend coming here to celebrate a special occasion and splurging on an overwater cabana.

Now that you’ve gotten familiar with some of our island’s happy and sunny beaches, we thought it might be helpful to touch on the subject of palapas and beach access:

You can find easily accessible palapas (built-in-the-ground, umbrella-like structures made out of dried palm leaves) on beaches such as Eagle Beach, Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina, Malmok (limited amount), and Mangel Halto (limited amount).

Visitors sometimes wonder whether or not one can make use of any palapa or certain beach areas. Know this, every beach in Aruba is public (Renaissance Island and De Palm Island being exceptions, as they are privately owned islands that you must purchase a day pass for in order to access). Since all beaches are public, so are the built-in palapas located on these beaches. You have the right to sit under any unoccupied palapa of choice (with your own beach chair, not the resort’s or venue’s lounge chair), even if it is in front of a resort. However, it is important to note that you cannot sit under an umbrella or palapa that belongs to the resort itself (resort property) or if it is located on the actual property of the resort, such as near their pool or in some cases at the start of the beach (some resort property lines extend a few feet onto the beach area).

Currently, each resort has its own set of rules and regulations for palapa usage when it comes to their guests. It is necessary to contact them directly for the most up-to-date information. As many repeat visitors are already aware, it is best to reserve your resort palapa in advance (whether that is a day or a week in advance). In many cases, this needs to be done in person at the resort’s beach/towel hut. At select resorts such as, Hilton Aruba Resort, online reservations are also offered!

Aside from palapas, there are also plenty of shady tree areas as well as umbrella and lounge chair rentals available (located at watersport huts). These huts can be found at almost every beach, particularly at Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, Arashi Beach, Druif Beach, Surfside Beach, and Baby Beach.

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Best Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Aruba

21 days ago

Whether you plan to be in Aruba for Mother’s Day or any other time of the year, we’ve got some great ideas to treat that special mom in your life. If you’re on the island, discover dining specials offered for this Mother’s Day! Check out our ideas and recommendations: Indulge in delicious dining This special day … Continue reading “Best Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Aruba”

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Best Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Aruba

21 days ago

Whether you plan to be in Aruba for Mother’s Day or any other time of the year, we’ve got some great ideas to treat that special mom in your life. If you’re on the island, discover dining specials offered for this Mother’s Day!

Check out our ideas and recommendations:

This special day calls for plenty of dining specials offered at the majority of restaurants on the island. How about a bubbly Mother’s Day brunch? Or a special 3-course dinner? Check out a selection of offered restaurant specials below:

L.G. Smith’s Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Laguna

Mother’s Day Dinner at Laguna

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Sunset Bistro

Mother’s Day Dinner at Sunset Bistro

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Corals

Book yourselves a massage and full spa day! What better way to get a relaxing, zen-filled experience and unwind! Enjoy a specialized spa or wellness treatment from Hilton Aruba‘s eforea Spa, or Renaissance Aruba‘s Okeanos Spa.

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day on the beach with no agenda but to soak up some warm sunshine and enjoy a dip in the crystal clear turquoise sea! Want to make your beach day with mom extra special? Pack some delicious snacks and beverages and set up a picnic to surprise mom.  Make sure to check out our beach blogs for our tips and advice for planning the perfect beach day in Aruba!

One of the best ways to enjoy the day is to spend it out at sea, surrounded by sparkling turquoise water and soaking up the warm sunshine, living your best life with mom! How does a quiet and relaxing sunset cruise sound? Or perhaps you want to spend the day lounging on the sun deck sipping a refreshing cocktail?  Maybe you want to experience a little underwater snorkeling adventure? Whatever the mood calls for, you will find it offered, browse sail and catamaran cruises.

If you like to treat your mom to a gift on this special day make sure to make it a thoughtful and unique one. There is so much shopping to be done on the island and the best part is you can support our local community while doing it! We suggest browsing for a unique piece of locally made jewelry or art, or, if jewelry is not really your mom’s thing, you can’t go wrong with a fresh bouquet of tropical flowers!

Try one of the scenic nature trails in our National Park. All you need to do is make a trip to the visitor’s center and purchase a day pass. The park has endless hiking options, once you step into the park, make your way to the rugged and beautiful North Coast.  As you pass the beautiful green cacti, vegetation, rugged rock formations, herds of goats and approach the coast…you will see the dramatic, darker blue waters clash against the rocks, an impressive sight to see! With many trails and sights to discover there is plenty of hiking, slow-paced walking, and biking to be done here.

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8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in Aruba

about 1 month ago

Private catamaran or sail cruise Book a cruise for your group of family or friends for an intimate and memorable birthday celebration. Spend the day out on the Caribbean Sea and enjoy the mesmerizing views, go snorkeling, indulge in an open bar, delicious food, and end the day with a breathtaking Caribbean sunset. Browse and … Continue reading “8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in Aruba”

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8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in Aruba

about 1 month ago

Book a cruise for your group of family or friends for an intimate and memorable birthday celebration. Spend the day out on the Caribbean Sea and enjoy the mesmerizing views, go snorkeling, indulge in an open bar, delicious food, and end the day with a breathtaking Caribbean sunset.

Browse and book cruises here.

Good food, flowing drinks, and great company makes for the perfect birthday recipe! Here’s a little taste of dining options in Aruba…

Beach Dining: Barefoot, Hilton Aruba’s Sunset Concierge Dining Experience, Elements Restaurant, Water’s Edge Restaurant, Pelican’s Nest, Flying Fishbone, Passions on the Beach

Garden and/or Downtown Dining: Quinta del Carmen, El Gaucho, Driftwood, Yemanja Woodfired Grill, Lima Bistro, Wilhelmina

Elevated Dining: Aqua Grill, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, Faro Blanco,

Chef’s Table Style Dining: KOAL, Ever Restaurant, Infini, Carte Blanche, 2 Fools and A Bull

There are plenty more mouth-watering restaurants we recommend trying while on the island, browse them here.

Start your birthday off with a healthy, zen-filled morning. Visit Aruba’s National Park and choose from one of the many trails and immerse yourself in Aruba’s beautiful nature. You are sure to leave with a clear mind and good energy, a great way to start off your next year of life!

Get some hiking inspiration here and be sure to browse our island’s most sought-after attractions and sights to add to your list.

Craving a bit more island adventure? Download the Action Tour Guide App to explore the island at your own pace, when and how you want to. It’s a self-guided Tour App with audio and GPS. Simply download the app and hop in your car or get to walking, and let the adventure begin!

After that hike, you’ll be needing to treat yourself to a good hearty meal, and what better way to get the birthday celebration going with brunch and endless mimosas? Brunching is a great way to relax and indulge… making for a perfect birthday and vacation activity. Yes, we just called brunch an activity (because, well… it is). But where to brunch?

Browse our list of top brunch spots on the island to consider for your birthday celebration.

Cheers! It’s your birthday and you just happen to be in paradise! Feeling rather parched and ready to start the celebration? Grab your friends and go beach bar-hopping and make sure to check out our happy hour spots and beach bar recommendations for the best deals and views. Tip: Make sure you stay for the breathtaking sunset glow hour!

There is so much fun to be had in Aruba when the sun goes down… and even more fun when you hop aboard a colorful and crazy party bus! There are a variety of different party bus tours to choose from, including Karaoke, Bar Hopping, Dinner & Nightlife, and more.

Browse fun party bus and bar-hopping tours here.

There are plenty of fun and adventurous water activities to try, making for a fun day out on the water! If you’re feeling rather adventurous, try wind or kite surfing or deep-sea fishing. Want to take it down a notch and try something a bit more relaxing? Try paddleboarding or SUP Yoga.

Pick and choose the perfect water activity for you!

How can you pick just one of Aruba’s beautiful beaches to visit when there are so many to fall in love with? You can’t! That is exactly why we suggest spending a day or two beach hopping. Pack a cooler with your favorite food and drinks, grab your friends, and hop in your rental car to celebrate your special day just how you should – soaking up the warm sunshine and swimming in Aruba’s pretty blues! Check out our list of suggested beaches to visit.

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Which Aruba Beaches to Add to Your List

about 1 month ago

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite beaches in Aruba that you simply cannot miss out on. From soft white sand beaches with palm trees swaying in the wind, to wild and unruly beaches on the East Coast, we’ve got a unique mix of beaches for you to experience. While it’s a known fact that … Continue reading “Which Aruba Beaches to Add to Your List”

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Which Aruba Beaches to Add to Your List

about 1 month ago

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite beaches in Aruba that you simply cannot miss out on. From soft white sand beaches with palm trees swaying in the wind, to wild and unruly beaches on the East Coast, we’ve got a unique mix of beaches for you to experience.

While it’s a known fact that every beach is worth visiting in Aruba, and all for different reasons, we realize you may not have enough time to see them all, so check out our list below to help decide which ones to add to your must-visit list!

What more needs to be said? Eagle Beach is… simply perfection. You very well may have already heard of this beach, as it is one of the top-rated beaches in the world, time and time again. A wide, spacious beach with plenty of palapas and some shaded tree areas to plop down under to spend the day relaxing. With the soft white sugary sand and nice open water conditions, it is a great place for a swim. Let’s just say it is the epitome of a perfect beach in paradise and therefore this is a no brainer to add to your list. Eagle Beach is located in the low-rise hotel area.

This beach may be smaller in size compared to others, but it is just what you need to have yourself a perfect and relaxing day in paradise! Boca Catalina is beautiful and peaceful, and offers great scenery (you’ll have a great view of the passing catamarans, boats and adorable pelicans). This area also has perfect conditions for snorkeling, you will find a diversity of marine life very close to shore.

Close to Baby Beach, this soft, white sand beach is a bit hidden but definitely worth the find. Once you’ve reached an old turquoise painted staircase (a stairway to heaven) you’ve found it! This beautiful and unique spot is known for its calm waters and private feel giving you a serious dose of relaxation, there is a floating dock perfect for sunbathing. Rodgers Beach is quiet, ready and waiting for you.

Palm Beach is a two-mile strip known for its white sand and turquoise water. Looking for a little action and fun? This place is filled with it but don’t worry there is still room for plenty of relaxation! This beach is a popular hangout for tourists as it is concentrated in front of the high-rise resorts. There is a long sidewalk that runs along the strip making it a great place for a walk with a view. Take a peek for yourself. This lively beach with calm and clear waters is great for swimming, sun-tanning, relaxing, and socializing. Both young and old will find everything they need as the beach features several beach bars, restaurants, hotels, and watersports companies.

Located just past (and to the right of) the big red anchor in Sero Colorado, Boca Grandi is a wild and blue heaven for experienced and daring kite surfers. Making for the perfect place to sit and watch the surfers glide by! This is not a beach for swimming Find yourself some shade from the strong sun under one of the several handmade driftwood shacks spotted along the coastline.

Located nearby the Spanish lagoon, in Pos Chiquito (South of the airport in the direction of Savaneta), Mangel Halto is secluded, peaceful and intimate. There are plenty of little nooks and crannies to discover at this unique beach. Choose from the sandy and lush mangrove spots), or one of the mysterious old rock stairways leading down to the calm and mesmerizing shades of blue. Mangel Halto is not your typical sandy, widespread beach it is more ideal for a quick dip, taking plenty of pictures of the breathtaking view or having a picnic.

Baby Beach is located at the Southern tip of the island, just past San Nicolas, on the other side of the island from the popular hotel area. The clear turquoise water in this picturesque bay is warm, shallow, and is sheltered from the rough seas by a man-made breakwater. Picture a pool of pretty shades of blue, calm and shallow – perfect for wading the day away! This beach is popular for sunbathing, snorkeling, and the perfect hang-out for families, as the water level is generally between knee and waist-deep, making it a perfect place for kids to swim. With this being said, don’t let its name fool you, just like any beach on the island, if you approach the end of the bay the current gets stronger, always remain cautious.

A nice quiet and relaxing beach with calm water, white sand, palapas & huts, a snack shack, and a large parking lot. The calm currents and plentiful underwater marine life make this beach a perfect spot for snorkeling and a favorite with locals. Arashi Beach is the last stretch of beach on the Northwestern side of Aruba and is located past Boca Catalina just before the California Lighthouse.

While Tres Trapi is not exactly a beach, and more of a nook found among the carved-out rock and coral walls, once you take the stairs down to the sand, you’ll witness one-of-a-kind crystal clear water conditions and have yourself a dip of a lifetime! If you’re lucky you’ll even spot a sea turtle or two. Please remember to keep a safe distance between you and all of the marine life you discover under the sea. Its location is a bit hidden, you’ll find it situated between Malmok and Boca Catalina on the Northwestern side of the island.

Druif Beach, also referred to as Divi Beach to some, is a mile-long, stretch of beach between Oranjestad and Eagle Beach. This beach is home to several Divi Resorts and a picturesque beach bar just steps away from the soft white sand beach – a perfect place to watch the sun go down! This beach is a bit closer to the downtown area than other beaches, so if you need to stay closer to Oranjestad or the cruise ship terminal, this is the beach for you. If you walk a bit further down you can also reach Eagle Beach, that’s right, two beaches in one day!

This unique spot is a bit hidden and off the map (let’s just say it takes an adventure to get here), but it is most definitely worth making the effort to get to! It’s located on the wild Northeast coast, in between Rancho Daimari and Conchi (The Natural Pool). You can either drive a jeep into the National Park and park nearby and walk the rest of the way or, you can hike from the Rancho Daimari area. Once you arrive you will find it to be wildly refreshing… just you, the ocean and nature. What more could you ask for?

If Aruba has been on your list to visit, it’s likely you have “go see the flamingos” listed towards the top of your vacation to-do’s. Well, let it be known, while every now and then (if you’re very lucky) you can catch a wild flock passing by the island, the place to find them is on Renaissance Island (they can now also be found on De Palm Island). This tropical oasis is a short ride away from Renaissance Marina downtown. The island belongs to the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort and is exclusively available to their guests. Day passes are available for purchase (for non-resort guests) when the resort occupancy rate is not too high. The island includes a spa, restaurant & bar, plenty of lounge chairs, as well as private luxury beach cabanas over the water and on the beach available to rent.

Check out our beach map to find specific beach locations across the island.

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