People who come to One Happy Island tend to fall deeply in love with it, which is why Aruba is known throughout the Caribbean as one of the islands that generates the most repeat visitors each year. And of course, Aruba beaches have a lot to do with that! There are all the beaches on the western coast of the island with their soft white sand and gorgeous sunsets, but in this list of 6 must-see Aruba beaches, we’re also highlighting a couple on the eastern coast of the island with its much rougher surf.
Eagle Beach: The Most Famous Among Aruba Beaches
Located in the low-rise area of the island, Eagle Beach is perhaps the best-known of all the island’s beaches and has been named among the top beaches in the world on different occasions, most recently named third best beach on the planet by TripAdvisor. In part this is because it is home to the two most-photographed trees on the island. The iconic pair of Fofoti or DiviDivi trees pictured above give away the fact that the constant strong trade winds of Aruba blow in a westerly direction. Eagle beach is also known as sea turtle nesting site, and it’s important for visitors to pay attention to the red and white markers the indicate nests – and if you’re lucky enough to see newly-hatched baby turtles making their way to the see, you will love this beach all the more for it. Four different species of sea turtles on known to nest on the island, including Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles. Learn more about the role YOU can play in protecting Aruba’s see turtles here.
Baby Beach: The Family-Friendliest of All Aruba Beaches
To understand why Baby Beach appears on this list, you have to get the bird’s eye view like we’ve provided above. As you can see, because of its half-moon shape, it is very well protected from the ocean’s waves and at the same time it is also very shallow. These two features make it by far the beach of choice for families with small children. Adults can wade out quite far and still be able to touch the bottom. The water is sparkling blue and very clear, making it a great place for both kids and adults to try out snorkeling. A refreshment stand and nearby restaurant ensure that your family has easy access to snacks throughout the day as well. Located at the southeastern tip of the island, the drive down will allow you to experience a big chunk of the island you might not otherwise ever see.
Mangel Halto Beach: Mangrove Trees and Snorkeling
Mangel Halto Beach is an important to visit if you want to spend time at a beach that most tourists never see, and if you visit on a weekday you might even have it mostly to yourself! The two main features of this beach are its extensive network of mangrove trees – whose roots extend right down into the seawater and make the perfect environment for baby fish to grow and develop. And just a short swim out from the shore is one of the best snorkeling spots on the whole island. Located about halfway between the capital city of Oranjestad and the southern tip of the island, it is also close to the nearby Spanish Lagoon. There are several different tour operators who offer combination kayaking and snorkeling trips from the Spanish Lagoon to Mangel Halto Beach, which makes for a great day of paddling and snorkeling!
Hadicurari Beach: Best Windsurfing Among Aruba Beaches
Hadicurari Beach, located at the northern end of the high-rise resort area, is the place to go when you want to take advantage of the strong trade winds for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Once upon a time this was the primary spot where local fishermen would head out to see what they could catch, so you’ll often hear people refer to the “Fisherman’s Huts.” This is the beach that hosts the annual Aruba Hi-Winds event each July – the largest amateur windsurfing and kiteboarding competition. Find out more about Aruba Hi-Winds here.
Black Stone Beach: The “Black Sheep” of Aruba Beaches
Most tourists, entranced by the gorgeous, soft white-sand beaches of the western coast, never make it over to the eastern coast of the island. Granted, it’s much rockier and pounding surf makes swimming impossibly dangerous, but there are still a couple beaches you should visit to make your trip to Aruba complete. One is Black Stone Beach, and its name gives away why it’s an interesting one to visit. No white sand on this beach – instead you’ll find millions of black stones and pebbles – mostly lava rock. Many have been worn smooth by millions of years of the ocean’s waves – but there can also be many with sharp edges, so be careful!
Andicuri Beach: Best Body-Boarding Among Aruba Beaches
Andicuri Beach is also on the eastern side of the island, not far from Black Stone Beach, but it does have sand and the surf is not as rough either, which makes it the best beach on the island for body-boarding and boogie-boarding. Close to this area you’ll also find three impressive natural bridges, as well as the one that collapsed in 2005 thanks to the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina. If you don’t like beaches crowded with tourists, Andicuri will be perfect for you.
Now that we’ve shared 6 must-see Aruba beaches, you just need a place to stay while you explore them! And that’s where Punto di Oro shines. No need to settle for a cramped hotel room while you’re on One Happy Island. You’ll be much more comfortable when you rent one of our apartments! We have both one and two-bedroom units, and each comes with a fully-equipped kitchen so you can eat in whenever you don’t feel like running out to find another restaurant. Check availability now for your next trip to Aruba!