Beach Hopping in Aruba
by Jennifer A. Roberts
If you’re traveling to the Caribbean, it is probably safe to assume you are planning to enjoy sun, sand, and surf. Whether your goal is to just relax on the beach with a good book or to engage in something a little more energetic, Aruba’s beaches have something for everyone.
While sunning and swimming are certainly on the agenda, you can also take advantage of Aruba’s beaches for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, wind surfing, parasailing, fishing, and sailing. While there is certainly a lot to do on Aruba that isn’t beach related, with miles and miles of white sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and warm, tropical water, why would anyone venture inland?
Aruba is a small island with a very good bus system that can get you to most beaches off the main road. You may need to take a taxi or rent a vehicle to get to a few of these,, but none are difficult to access. There are beaches of all shapes and sizes in Aruba, and it is worth sampling them all, if you have the time.
If you’re going to start beach hopping in Aruba, it’s worth it to try Palm Beach first. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, Palm Beach is also the busiest. You’ll have access to lots of food and shopping on Palm Beach as well as services like surf board rental and windsurfing lessons. This bustling beach is great for people watching and swimming, with its white, sandy beach and calm, turquoise waters.
Another beach popular with families and first-time snorkelers is Baby Beach. This sheltered cove is perfect for small ones and timid swimmers, because the water is shallow, calm, and very clear. Baby Beach is located on the southeast end of the island, and you can ride the bus to access it.
If you’re ready for something other than just sunning and swimming, check out Bachelor's Beach, also known by locals as Boca Tabla. You’ll need a taxi or car to access this small beach, but if you are interested in windsurfing, this is the place to be. The beach’s location serves up constant north-east trade winds, but this area is still calmer than others on the island, making it a great place to try out your windsurfing moves. Snorkelers and divers will also enjoy Bachelor's Beach. Wind and kite surfers can also enjoy showing off their moves at Hadicurari Beach, better known as the Fishermen's Hut.
Surfers will find wicked waves at Grapefield Beach, Andicuri, and Blackstone Beach. Each of these locations has great surfing conditions, but only Grapefield Beach is easily accessible. The other two, while harder to get to, are definitely worth the effort, even if you don’t surf, as the natural beauty of these locations makes them perfect for photographers and picnickers.
Away from the high-rise hotels and bustling tourist area you’ll find Mangel Halto, a small beach located in Pos Chiquito. Surrounded by mangroves, it is perfect for snorkeling and shore diving, with a great reef structure home to a diversity of fish.
Pack your sunscreen and beach towel for Aruba, since there is no shortage of sandy stretches to enjoy. There are over 20 beaches in Aruba to explore, enough for every traveler to find their perfect spot.
Jennifer A. Roberts lives a location-independent lifestyle with her husband, Chris, in their RV. They currently work and travel throughout North America, combining their passion for travel with a minimalistic life and freelance work. Jennifer is a former educator, an avid home cook, and an aspiring writer.
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