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Aruba Beach Guide

Aruba beach guide
© 2018 Scott Bateman
Aruba beaches are among the best in the Caribbean because of the quality of the white sand, their overall size and the atmosphere of the nearby hotels, shops and restaurants.

The island has one famous beach and a semi-famous one that lies next to it. They dominate any beach guide to the island. For cruise visitors, both require a quick drive to get there.

Palm Beach


Palm Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean and often ranked as one of the best.

The beach is two miles long with plenty of nice white sand and calm waters.

What makes Palm Beach even better is the strip of hotels, shops and restaurants that line it along L.G. Smith Boulevard.

The strip comes alive at night and is packed with people walking, eating, drinking or just hanging around.

That being said, the popularity of Palm Beach means it can get crowded at times.

Palm Beach is four miles north of the Oranjestad cruise terminal. Note that the public bus terminal is right across the street from the cruise terminal. It is the least expensive way to get to Palm Beach and Eagle Beach. Otherwise, take a taxi.

Eagle Beach


Eagle Beach
Eagle Beach; © Aruba Tourism Authority
Just south of Palm is Eagle, which is the second most popular beach on the island.

It has some hotels nearby that are less expensive than the ones along Palm. They are good choices for anyone wanting to visit Aruba on a limited budget.

Cruise visitors will find that the quality of the sand is just as good as Palm Beach. It also usually isn’t as crowded.

Facilities for this public beach include parking, picnic areas and some motorized sports.

Druif and Manchebo


Even farther south of Eagle and quite close to Oranjestad are Druif and Manchebo beaches.

Druif has low-rise resorts and is another option for budget-minded travelers. It is a one-mile walk from the cruise terminal.

Manchebo is quiet and private, and it is a good choice for anyone who wants to avoid the crowds at Palm Beach.

It’s two miles north of the cruise terminal, which means most cruise visitors will need to take a taxi to get there.

Malmok and Arashi


Palm Beach Aruba
Palm Beach Aruba;
© Aruba Tourism Authority
Malmok is located just north of Palm and Arashi is north of Malmok.

Both beaches are located next to residential areas, and both also are good for snorkeling.

Arashi is home to the California Lighthouse, one of the more popular attractions on the island.

Again, they are good options for anyone who wants to avoid the crowds at Palm.

Renaissance Island


At the risk of sounding like I’m selling something, which I am not, our favorite beach is privately owned.

The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino consists of two buildings in Oranjestad.

One is located on the water with a small beach and the other is across L.G. Smith Boulevard with no beach at all.

But they more than make up for it with Renaissance Island, a 40-acre island owned by Marriott and used exclusively by its guests only a few minutes off the coast.

Clients staying in either hotel have free access to the island via a brief boat trip that takes place throughout the day.

For the hotel across the road, the boat actually rides under the bridge and into a dock in the hotel lobby. It is quite a site.

The island has two small coves with calm blue waters, friendly flamingoes, snack bars and other facilities. It is quiet, peaceful and private.

Unfortunately, cruise visitors can take advantage of it only by paying $100 for a day pass and only on days when the hotels don’t exceed 80 percent occupancy.

Other Beaches


Baby Beach is located at the windy southeastern end of the island. It is a good choice for snorkelers or anyone wanting a side trip after visiting the nearby natural bridges.

Other beaches in the same area include Grapefield near the Aruba Golf Club. Mangel Halto on the southeast coast is a good place for snorkeling and shore diving.

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February 12, 2018

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