Aruba beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From calm serenity to extreme adventures, Aruba has a wide variety of beaches for every beach lover to explore and the best part is……all public beaches are free! Yeah you read that correctly: FREE!
Set just one foot on the soft white sand and you will see why so many people choose Aruba as their Caribbean vacation destination year after year.
In fact…our Aruba beaches are so nice that many other competing destinations agree:
Check out my Top 10 Aruba Beaches, ranging from a calm to a more intense experience:
Just a 2 minute drive from the airport or a 20 minute walk from vibrant downtown Oranjestad, Surfside Beach is still considered a hidden gem for many tourists. Surfside beach is also home to Reflexions Beach Club which offers a pool, lounge chairs, and refreshing drinks. Enjoy on of the most beautiful sunsets in the world while majestic cruise ships and local fisherman sail by the shore. Located right next to Reflexions Beach is the Barefoot Restaurant and Pinchos Grill & Bar, both also romantic options for beachfront dining.
A quiet crystal blue gem nestled in the northern part of the island. This beach offers you a calm retreat from the vibrant Palm Beach area. Arashi Beach’s gentle current and rich underwater life makes this location a snorkeler’s dream. The winding road that leads to the majestic California Lighthouse makes the journey truly scenic.
Located in Aruba’s sunrise city San Nicolas, Baby Beach is the perfect location for families to spend the day enjoying the tropical sun. Its calm and shallow turquoise waters offer the perfect surroundings for children to play and for non-swimmers to get their feet wet. If the sun gets too intense; no worries, seek refuge under one of the various huts or trees scattered along the beach. Hungry? Pass by Big Mama’s Grill for amazing comfort food and refreshing drinks in a funky, open-air restaurant. Say hi to Fred Flintstone for me.
Probably one of Aruba’s most recognizable beaches is exciting Palm Beach. Luxurious resorts are practically kissing the Caribbean Sea. Whether it is countless fun water activities all along the Palm Beach coast or enjoying Happy Hour at one of the Bars and Restaurants on the piers, there is never a dull moment on the Palm Beach Strip.
Mangel Halto Beach
Located in the southeast coast of Aruba in the small town of Pos Chiquito, Mangel Halto’s shallow crystal clear waters surrounded by a rich network of mangroves offer the perfect location for snorkeling. Walk out to the edge of the reef where it plunges to the depths of 110 feet, the perfect diving spot for scuba divers to explore where the octopi, morays and colorful fish abound. This area is perfect for families to hang out while enjoying a great picnic on the powdery white sands.
Renaissance Private Island (Flamingo Beach)
This exclusive oasis offers guests two beaches, the family-friendly “Iguana Beach” and the adults-only “Flamingo Beach”. Secluded between mangroves and palm trees, the Flamingo Beach offers quietness and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea while the flamingos strolling along the shoreline scavenging for selfies with you. The Iguana Beach offers safe surroundings, and enough shade to protect the little ones from the hot Caribbean sun. The Renaissance Island is accessible by a short shuttle boat ride from both the Renaissance Marina Resort and the Renaissance Ocean Suites in Oranjestad. The island is free of charge for guest of the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino; however, non-guests can also enjoy this private island for a fee of $99 and it includes roundtrip transportation, towels, and lunch. For reservations contact the front desk on the day of your visit.
The most popular beach on the island of Aruba, Eagle beach, is home to Aruba’s most famous tree, the fofoti tree, shaped by Aruba’s cooling trade winds. This award-winning beach boasts the widest stretches of pristine white sandy beach across a 2 mile strip and it is definitely a favorite among visitors and locals a like.
Malmok Beach is a rocky strip interrupted by little bays of white sand. Also known to be one of the world premier spots for kite- and windsurfing and is home to the annual Aruba Hi-Winds. Malmok’s rugged coast line offers the perfect spot for snorkeling. Just off the coast of Malmok lies the famous shipwreck Antillas, also one of the most popular scuba diving and snorkeling sites in Aruba.
The most secluded and remote beach on our top 10 list is Boca Keto, and this beach is definitely worth the effort and the bumpy ride. Boca Keto is one of the island’s most beautiful bays. In the middle it has a giant rock locals call “Moro” or “Small Aruba” because of its oddly identical shape to Aruba’s coastline. This beach is popular with many surfers and body boarders for its constant stream of waves. The Natural Pool is also just a hop, skip and jump away. Boca Keto is located in the Arikok National Park and accessible by horseback, mountain bike or all-terrain vehicle and it is surely one of Aruba’s most stunning hidden treasures.
Dos Playa translated from Papiamento means “Two Beaches” and that is exactly what it is. Dos Playa is a pair of bordering coves and THE top surfing spot for many local surfers; it hosts international surfing and body boarding events every year. This beach is not for the faint of heart, ONLY experienced surfers and body boarders are recommended to swim here! However, it does offer a fairly large white sandy beach perfect for sunbathers. Located in the Arikok National Park, Dos Playa is easily accessible by car and the nearby Boca Prins Bar & Restaurant is the perfect spot for taking a well-deserved break from catching those gnarly waves.
Life is a Beach and I’m just playing in the Sand. Which are your favorite Aruba Beaches?