Eagle Beach (Palm Beach strip)
More powder on Eagle Beach, after a rough night. Photo by Rumblebee.
7 miles of wide, this white powder sand hosting everything from quiet, shady huts to buzzing beach bars, from tranquil swimming in the superbly warm and gently ruffled sea to all kinds of watersports including banana boats and parasailing. Eagle Beach is the quieter section, Palm Beach busier with activities, shopping, dining and more of a party atmosphere.
However this stretch is dominated by a variety of luxury beach resorts and the water depth shelves quite rapidly so perhaps it’s not brilliant for toddlers who would be better off at Baby Beach (below).
clean, very wide and family-friendly with soft white sand, warm sea and a real ‘paradise’ beach feel. There’s less to do than at Palm Beach, of course, and few shade huts available but it’s much less busy and more important not dominated by high-rises.
Near the Lighthouse at the north end of the island, Arashi Beach is clean and quite remote and offers a high-rise free shore with deeper waters than other popular beaches and some fair snorkeling (great for kids), along with windsurfing, sailing and deep-sea fishing. The sand is OK, there are a couple of food/drink shacks and some palapas/cabanas available if you arrive early enough but few/no beach chairs so bring your own. Arashi gets busy with locals at weekends and public buses go there.
This beach is for snorkeling in super-clear water, not for sand, so bring water shoes or fins for swimming. It’s in a small rocky cove beautifully surrounded by giant cacti, palm trees and fish, fish, fish. No facilities except palapas and recently rental loungers, so bring a loaded cooler box and park beside the beach or take a bus to Malmok stop. Snorkel tours not needed (but they still arrive at about 10. 30am-11am, so get there early if you want solitude! ).
Fisherman’s Huts is the mecca of Aruba board surfers, as chosen for regular Hi-Winds Pro Am windsurfing competitions. The white sand is mixed with some pebbles and shells but the water is conveniently shallow and the breeze is reliable. Shade huts are available and there is some low-cost board sailor accommodation nearby.
Near San Nicholas in the far south, Baby Beach is so known because it’s expansive but shallow, no more than 5 ft deep max and a clear baby blue. It’s a good snorkel destination due to a reef, rocks and large schools of fish; also favoured by topless sunbathers. It’s out of the way, about 40 minutes drive from Oranjestad and offers no shade but has a couple of pricey cafés supplying the necessities, shade huts and chairs. Don’t stay for sunset!