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Beaches in Aruba

Eagle Beach

Named the top beach in the Caribbean by USA Today, Eagle Beach is an idyllic Caribbean scene, miles of powdery sand lapped by gentle surf. A popular spot for water sports, which can be organized through the hotels across the street.

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May 23, 2017
Love this beach. they have an amazing restaurant on the beach. you can have dinner , watch the sunset and go for a swim. Amazing time at Eagle Beach in Aruba!

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Baby Beach

Located on the island's less-traveled east side, Baby Beach is a popular spot for families looking to get away from the crowds; it has clear, shallow waters that are perfect for wading with kids.

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Boca Catalina

Another family friendly strip, Boca Catalina also has close-in reef snorkeling and is lined with shady beach huts, known locally as "palapas." This is Aruba's premier spot for cuddling with your partner and watching the sunset.

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Palm Beach

Named one of the world's best beaches, and the best family beach by The Travel Channel, also is home to many of Aruba's big hotels and resorts.

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Apr 14, 2013
Such a nice beach. Just hop on the local bus and you will be dropped off right by the beach. Only $2 for the bus ride. One of the nicest beaches in aruba and the nicest blue water and white sand in the Caribbean.

May 23, 2017
I went to Pam Beach the last time i was on a cruise to Aruba. It was really nice but a little too crowded. lots of tourist everywhere. I prefer going to Eagle beach. it has less amenities like bars and restaurants but the water is super nice and there is alot less people so you can find a nice spot on the beach to relax. I was there once around sunset and i had the best view.

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Manchebo Beach

A swimsuit optional stretch of white powder sand flanked by a steady, brisk surf. Manchebo beach is the largest of Aruba's beaches and is accessible by public bus, taxi or car.

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I always tell people to plan ahead. i have cruises so many times and have met thousands of people on cruises. and i sometimes enjoy a little people watching while on ships. you can always tell who are the ones on there first cruise and who are the ones who have cruised before. at the end of the day when you get back on the ship i often go around asking people how there day was. sometimes you hear things like "it was amazing! we went on a tour. went to the beach did some shopping, we had so much fun." and then you will hear form someone else. "we didnt like it. there was nothing to do outside. we just walked around and came back on the ship." I cant tell you how disappointing those comments make me. The cruise line tries so hard to educate people on what to do and where to go but often the guest feel like it some sort of sales pressure to buy something so they dont pay attention and then the day comes and they dont do anything because they just didnt know better. it really makes the world of difference when you get to a destination and actually go out and do something. mix in the locals and experience something different. Next time you are planning a cruise or any vacation take an hour or two the week before you go and really map out each day. do some research and find what tours they have to offer and book something. plan to go out and experience something. because going to Cozumel, or St Thomas or San Juan and just getting off the ship and walking around isnt really travelling and you dont really get the true experience of being there as the cruise ship terminals or villages are not the best representation of the destination. I know that taking tours often does cost money and is an added expense to your vacation but i always tell people to add this expense to your budget when making your purchase of your vacation or cruise. if you need an extra $500 for tours to make sure you have the best time possible maybe you can downgrade your cabin category form a balcony to an ocean view to save that money so you can take the tours. and if you just dont have the budget for the tours then there is always the option to hope on a local bus, or local taxi and ask them to take you into town or the beach or to an authentic local restaurant. my point is get out there and enjoy yourself. whether it is your first time to this destination or even if you have been there 20 times before. come back with some stories to tell and share with your friends and family and create some memories that will last a lifetime.

Jun 06, 2014

Palm Island in Aruba was the best. the sand and water were so amazing. i have never been to Aruba before and i couldn't have had a better time. The Best! I love Aruba!

Apr 21, 2014

Aruba was a lot of fun. We went to Palm Beach which was amazing. then took a walk into town around the renaissance mall. at night we had a great dinner at an Italian restaurant and finished the night with some Mohitos...

May 13, 2012

If your looking to go to the beach in Aruba and coming off a cruise ship. you can take the local buses that are across the street from the terminal. they cost $1.50 and will take you to the hotel zone where Palm beach and Eagle beach are. both great choices, Palm beach will have more activities and services around with more crowds. Palm beach was really nice and had a really nice atmosphere to it

May 10, 2012

Palm beach was the nicest beach i have ever been to. The sand was fine white powder.

Jun 22, 2010
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Aruba Overview

Aruba has Beaches, shopping, casinos, water sports, restaurants, high-energy nightlife and very friendly people are Aruba's foremost attractions. If you enjoy good beaches, gambling and quality shopping, Aruba is for you.

Aruba is a good choice for people who like comfortable high-rise hotels, glitzy Las Vegas-style casinos and beautiful white-sand beaches.

There is an abundance of things to do - sunbathing, world-class windsurfing and waterskiing by day and discos, cabarets, dinner shows and high-stakes gambling at night.

The island of Aruba is modern and highly developed, with a desert-like landscape of cacti and wind-bent divi-divi trees.

Although Aruba, the western-most Leeward Island, was acquired by the Dutch in the 17th century, it's no longer officially a member of the Netherlands Antilles group. Since 1986, it has been considered a separate entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Nonetheless, its proximity to Bonaire and Curacao, the other traditional members of the Dutch Antilles, leads many people to lump them all together.
Actually, all three islands have been as much influenced by Venezuela (only 15 mi/24 km away from Aruba) as by the Netherlands.

The area and its Arawak inhabitants were discovered by the Spaniards in 1499 but only the mainland was developed. The Dutch claimed Aruba in 1634 but no European settlers arrived until 1754.

Gold was found in 1824, an oil refinery was built in 1924. Tourists began arriving in the 1960s, and their numbers have nearly doubled in the past seven years. Its now one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.

More than two dozen resort hotels now dot the beaches, particularly on the north-western side of the island at Palm Beach. There has been a moratorium on new hotel construction for some time.

The islanders are very friendly, and almost everyone speaks English, Spanish and Dutch, as well as Papiamento (a mixture of African, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Indian and Spanish idioms).

When to go to Aruba

Aruba's temperatures vary little year round and the humidity is very low. The average day temperatures are in the 70s-80s F/23-32 C, with nights in the 60s-70s F/15-27 C. It's rainy November-February but the rain seldom lasts longer than half an hour.
The coolest months are January and February, and the hottest are August and September. The island is outside the hurricane belt so its one of the best islands to visit during July-October, when the rest of the Caribbean is threatened,

Aruba is one of the Leeward islands, which means trade winds blow fairly steadily from the north-east (the breezes can be refreshing, but you'll have to hang on to your hat at the beach).

There is no need to buy bottled water in Aruba. The island's tap water is pure and refreshing, distilled in the world's second largest saltwater desalination plant.
Oil is refined on the island's south-west coast and a by-product of this process is abundant pure drinking water and electricity.

Power failure is rare and the island has adopted the North American voltage standard of 110 A.C. (60 cycles), the same as in the United States and Canada.

Aruba has a tremendous variety of restaurants, including Asian, Indonesian, Dutch, French and Italian. Excellent local food can be found at many of Aruba's cafes. Island staples are meat and seafood and a variety of vegetables and fruits.

Try to hear a band that plays the tumba, a musical form indigenous to the Netherlands Antilles. It's related to the rumba and has a distinctive Latin sound.
More than 300 bird species can be spied on Aruba, including the orange trupiaal, the prikichi parrot and the yellow-bellied barika geel.

Although the island is dry & barren, you will find some beautiful palm trees on beaches and surrounding hotels, thanks to intensive landscaping.

U.S. citizens form the single largest group of visitors to Aruba. The second largest contingent is from nearby Venezuela.

Aruba Carnival, highlighted by a Grand Parade, is held the Sunday before Lent. Costumes, dances, music and culture are on display during the festivity. Some compete to become the Carnival's Prince and his aide, Pancho. Selected on the basis of their ability to tell the best jokes, the Prince and Pancho lead many parades.
Aruba's annual Jazz and Latin Music Festival is held in June.
Aruba is considered a major drug trans-shipment point because of its proximity to South America. Penalties for possession, use and dealing in drugs are stiff.
Public Holidays: 1 Jan (New Year's Day), 25 Jan (Commemoration Birthday of G. F. Croes), Carnival Monday, 18 Mar (Aruba Flag Day), Good Friday, Easter Monday, 30 Apr (Queen's Birthday), 1 May (Labor Day), Ascension, 25 Dec (Christmas Day) and 26 Dec (Boxing Day).

Aruba attractions - see Aruba Tours

Because the island is only 19miles/30km long and 6miles/10km wide, logistics present no problem when planning an itinerary. You can see all the sights in two days, using Oranjestad as a base.


The beaches of Aruba are among the best in the Caribbean. You'll find the calmest water and the biggest crowds on the west side of the island near the major resorts.
Beaches on the east side have fewer people but trade winds can be very strong, particularly in the afternoon.

Shopping in Aruba -see our shopping section 

Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 8 am -6 pm. Some shopkeepers close for an hour or so around noon for lunch. Some shops are open on Sundays and holidays if cruise ships are in port.

Though Aruba is not a duty-free port, the duty on most items is so low that shoppers often find discounts on all sorts of high-quality goods.

Popular items are Dutch products, including Delft ceramics, wooden shoes and fine cheeses and chocolates; good value in designer leather goods; Madeira embroidery; Indonesian crafts; and wood carvings, linens, crystal and perfumes from both South America and Europe.

You'll also see aloe, grown and processed locally, in every conceivable form, from soap to skin toners.

If there are boats from Venezuela or other islands in port, be sure to stroll along the harbor, just off the square, to see displays of produce and freshly caught fish and to take in a bit of local color.
Aruba has some locally made handicrafts.

The most popular island in the Dutch Caribbean, Aruba draws droves of honeymooners and sun worshippers to its sandy shores. This small, 20-mile long island dances to salsa, dines on red snapper, gambles in glitzy casinos, and surfs and sunbathes year-round. Aruba's past unfolds in the Dutch architecture of its bustling capital, Oranjestad, and on a hike past the abandoned gold mines in Arikok National Park. Platinum-blonde sandy beaches line its west coast, but the east coast is rugged, with craggy limestone cliffs, sand dunes, and crashing breakers.

Things to Do in Aruba

Some of Aruba's best white sugary stretches are found on the western and southern shores, including Palm Beach and Eagle Beach. For something secluded, head for the shallow, half-moon cove of Baby Beach, where the locals go. Slip through the heart-shaped entrance of the Tunnel of Love cave system in Arikok National Park, picnic on a boat, then dive with parrot fish around rusting wrecks. East of Oranjestad, trek around the mysterious Ayo and Casibari rock formations and see the wind-swept Divi-divi trees.

Aruba Nightlife and Entertainment


At night, the air is filled with the infectious sounds of salsa, reggaeton, meringue, and the island's own Tumba in Oranjestad. Down an Aruban Sunset cocktail at Mambo Jambo, one of the island's liveliest clubs, or don heels for a waltz at Bon Bini Festival every Tuesday at Fort Zoutman. Play a game of Caribbean stud poker at one of its casinos. Remember: Locals love to dress up and don't appreciate beachwear in the clubs.

Aruba Restaurants and Dining


Dining in Aruba is nothing short of indulgencs and romance. Its proximity to South America brings escabeche and Spanish spices. Stewed green papaya is a specialty, as is crispy-yet-soft corn bread. Fresh seafood is abundant, especially in the comfortable confines of Old Fisherman, an island institution. Whether you dine at a beachside bar in Palm Beach, or an opulent antique house in Oranjestad, you are guaranteed to stagger back to your hotel room sated and happy.



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