Aruba Beaches

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Aruba Beaches

This page provides a convenient overview of almost all the beaches of Aruba. Aruba beaches feature crystal, white powdered sand with tranquil or sometimes rough, turquoise, very clear and clean waters. On the West side of Aruba, you mainly will find the sandy beaches while on the East side of the island, rocky beaches will dominate the picture. Click on the link below each summary to find out more about each beach.

Barcadera Beach

  • Length: 400 meters.
  • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming.
  • Facilities: parking.
a picture of people kitesurfing and windsurfing at barcadera beach aruba

Barcadera Beach is one of the lesser known Aruba beaches. You’ll find it southeast of Oranjestad and Queen Beatrix International Airport. It sits between the Barcadera Port and a suburban area called Balashi. Barcadera is a secluded beach without any facilities. It mainly consists of very fine white sand combined with a rocky underground and some scattered mangrove vegetation. Some parts of the beach have a dune-like shape. The water at the beach is calm, shallow and crystal clear. It is a perfect spot to go swimming or snorkeling. With favorable wind conditions, it is a popular windsurfing and kitesurfing spot as well. You’ll get decent trade winds here from January through August.

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Savaneta Beach

  • Length: 50 meters.
  • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming.
  • Facilities: parking.
a picture of savaneta beach in aruba

Savaneta Beach is a small and secluded stretch of beach near the south coast of Aruba. It’s only about 50 meters long. In the weekend you might see a lot of local people hanging out here, but during the week, you might have the place all to yourself. Occassionally you’ll see a shorediver or someone who wants to go snorkeling. Or you’ll see a guy walking down the beach with a net doing some bait fishing. Otherwise, it will be you and your favorite people. Maybe bring a cooler with you, relax and enjoy the sunshine and the views over the blue waters of Commandeurs Baai.

Learn more about Savaneta Beach and how to get there.

Black Stone Beach

  • Activities: hiking.
  • Facilities: none.
a picture of black stone beach in aruba

Black Stone Beach is the only beach in Aruba boasting “black sand”. Erosion by the water not only created black pebbles but also rather sharp and edgy rocks that both characterise this location. The beach lies just east of Boca Andicuri or Andicuri Beach, close to three newly forming natural bridges in Arikok National Park.

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Iguana Beach, your Family Friendly Beach in Aruba

    a picture of iguanas on iguana beach aruba

    Iguana Beach is a family-friendly beach that can only be reached when you visit Renaissance Island. Renaissance Island is the exclusive property of the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. Guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino have free access by boat-taxi to the island that is open between 7 AM and 7 PM daily. Non-visitors of the resort can buy a day pass. Parents with children will love the amenities Iguana Beach has to offer. The surroundings are safe and the beach is not too busy. Guests are offered towels and relaxing beach chairs for free, the beach has parasols that offer some shade to protect you from the sun.

    Learn more about Iguana Beach, your Family Friendly Beach in Aruba and how to get there.

    Hadicurari Beach

    • Length: 300 meters.
    • Activities: snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming.
    • Facilities: cabanas, parking.
    a picture of hadicurari beach in aruba

    Located between Malmok Beach to the north and Palm Beach to the south, Hadicurari Beach can be easily reached by car, taxi or public transport. It is about 300 meters long and rather rocky and windy. Here you will also find the well-known Fishermen Huts that the local fishermen used for shelter and storage during their fishing trips with their small boats. Local fishing still takes place but the environment has changed nowadays. Hadicurari Beach is one of the Aruba beaches that has become a favorite spot for activities like windsurfing, kitesurfing and other sporting events throughout the year. In the vicinity you will be able to find a windsurfing and kitesurfing school that offer various services.

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    Flamingo Beach, your Private Beach in Aruba

      a picture of flamingos on renaissance island aruba

      Like Iguana Beach, the adult-only Flamingo Beach can also only be reached when you visit Renaissance Island, the privately owned island that is approximately 40 acres large and features a mangrove and two white sandy beaches. The beach offers quietness, and a spectacular view of the flamingos looking for food where the beach touches the ocean. It is a quiet beach, the only sound you mostly hear is the wind going through the leaves of the palm trees. Drinks and snacks can be ordered at the Papagayo Bar & Grill.

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      Santo Largo Beach

      • Length: 250 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, swimming.
      • Facilities: parking.
      a picture of the beach at santo largo

      Also known as Savaneta Beach, Santo Largo is situated at the Commandeurs Baai between Mangel Halto and Savaneta, a suburban area of San Nicolas. Santo Largo is a sandy beach with shallow, calm crystal clear water and it is the type of beach not a lot of people go to. Santo Largo is a secluded beach, a perfect spot to go for a swim or do some snorkeling when you are in the area. The beach is divided into three little beaches and areas with dense mangrove vegetation, in total the beaches have a length of about 250 meters. A perfect spot for families to visit.

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      Arashi Beach

      • Length: 700 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, kitesurfing, swimming, swimming with dolphins.
      • Facilities: cabanas, parking.
      a picture of arashi beach aruba with beach huts looking north

      North of Malmok Beach and just south of the California Lighthouse you will find Arashi Beach. It is frequently visited by both tourists and the local people of Aruba, especially during weekends. Arashi Beach is about 700 meters long and faces west, overlooking the waters of Arashi Bay. With calm and shallow waters, it’s a great beach for snorkeling and a very popular beach for making pictures during sunset hours.

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      Boca Catalina

      • Length: 350 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, swimming.
      • Facilities: beach chairs, cabanas, parking.
      a picture of boca catalina beach in aruba

      Boca Catalina is hands down one of the best swimming and snorkeling spots in Aruba. Just ask the locals! The beach is located in a residential area, between Arashi Beach and Malmok Beach, a few miles north of the high-rise hotels. It’s about 300 meters long and faces west, offering stunning views of the southern Caribbean Sea. Small rock ledges near the shore can make it a bit difficult to get into the water, so you’ll want to bring some water shoes. The water is warm, crystal clear, with little swell, especially in the early morning when the winds and currents are calmer. Snorkeling at Boca Catalina is top notch. You’ll spot an enormous amount of different species of tropical fish. It’s like you’re swimming in an aquarium. Chances are you’ll see some barracuda, parrotfish, starfish, and squid as well. If you go at daybreak, you’ll probably spot some turtles. Snorkeling trip boats such as the famous Jolly Pirates drop off their passengers on the north side at Catalina Cove in the early afternoon. If you’re up for it, you can swim out beyond the yellow ropes where the snorkel tour boats and catamarans are anchored. That’s where you’ll spot the most tropical fish for sure. If you’re very lucky, you can even go swimming with wild dolphins. Spinner dolphins tend to hang around in the waters off Boca Catalina, Arashi Beach, Malmok Beach, and the south coast of Aruba. Other than a few cabanas for shade, you’ll find few facilities at Boca Catalina, so you may want to bring a beach chair. If you can, stay on the beach until around 6:30 PM; the sunset views are truly legendary!

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      Surfside Beach

      • Length: 350 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving.
      • Facilities: dive center.
      a picture of surfside beach aruba

      Surfside Beach is a beautiful and not too busy beach that is located on the west-coast of Aruba. This beach is very close to the centre of Oranjestad (only 5 minutes by car) but also very close to the Queen Beatrix International Airport. It’s the type of beach you will typically find abroad in urbanized areas close to the ocean. Surfside Beach is great for families with children to visit. The water is calm and shallow and is perfect for swimming. The beach is well-accommodated beach, you will find almost everything at hand or very nearby to make your stay as comfortable. Surfside Beach lies next to the Neptali Henriquez Park and stretches for about 350 meters to the south. At the most southern point there are excellent opportunities to make some beautiful pictures of inbound flights of airplanes flying to Aruba. Diving lessons can be taken at the Searuba Fly and Dive Diving Center that is located on the beach.

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      Mangel Halto Beach

      • Length: 600 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, stand up paddling (SUP).
      • Facilities: bar, cabanas, parking.
      an aerial picture of mangel halto beach aruba

      Mangel Halto Beach is a secluded beach that is located on the south-west coast of Aruba. The beach is approximately 600 meters long, and is divided into several parts with sand and vegetation. Up north you will find the Spanish Lagoon, a characteristic landmark of Aruba, that extends for more than 1.5 kilometers into the mainlands. Mangel Halto Beach is well known for its mangrove vegetation and the reef that is nearby, you can even walk to it through the water. There are great snorkeling and diving opportunities at Mangel Halto Beach, both for the novice and the experienced, as the marine life here is phenomenal. If your are looking for shallow, calm waters or just a place to enjoy the sun, go for a swim with your children, or have a picnic and meet some locals, Mangel Halto Beach is the right place to go.

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      Malmok Beach

      • Length: 700 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, swimming with dolphins.
      • Facilities: cabanas, parking, hotel.
      a picture of snorkeling tour boats at malmok beach aruba

      Malmok Beach is located just past the high-rise hotels on the north coast of Aruba. This beach lies just 3 kilometers north of Palm Beach, and is approximately 700 meters long. Although this beach is not very frequently visited by regular beach enthousiasts, it is a very popular spot where some of the best snorkeling in Aruba is within reach. Unsurprisingly, many Aruba snorkel tour companies choose Malmok Beach everyday to anchor their boats. If you’d like to go snorkeling at Malmok Beach, it’s best to go early in the morning at around 10 AM as this snorkeling spot can become quite noisy once the tours start around 1 PM.

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      Boca Druif

      • Length: 300 meters.
      • Activities: surfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of boca druif

      Less than a kilometer to the east of the Tierra del Sol Golf Course lies the Beach of Boca Druif. It is well known among the experienced surfers who like to ride the waves on the east side coast of Aruba. Boca Druif is about 300 meters long and shows some characteristics of the famous “California Dunes” you will find further up north. Like many beaches on the east coast of Aruba, Boca Druif Beach is a secluded beach. It’s a great beach to visit when you are looking for a place to relax, away from the crowded places on the other side of the island.

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      Wariruri Beach

      • Length: 60 meters.
      • Activities: surfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of wariruri beach

      Wariruri Beach is located at Wariruri Bay, a sand cove surrounded by a rocky coastline consisting of limestone, worn out by the sea. This beach is well known for its surfing and fishing opportunities, especially the surfers (both local and tourist) riding the waves is a spectacular sight. Wariruri Beach is not suitable for swimming or snorkeling, it is just too big a risk because of the strong currents and waves and the ever-present trade winds from the north-east. Wariruri Beach measures about 60 meters wide and 60 meters long. Make sure you prepare your visit well, there are no amenities to be found nearby.

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      Andicuri Beach

      • Length: 70 meters.
      • Activities: bodyboarding, surfing, kitesurfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of andicuri beach

      Andicuri Beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of Aruba. It is known for its tranquility, its beautiful landscape and very clear water. Andicuri Beach is a perfect spot for bodyboarding and kitesurfing! Swimming or snorkeling is not recommended as the waves and currents are just too strong. This beach is about 80 meters wide and 70 meters long. There are no facilities.

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      Daimari Beach

      • Length: 175 meters.
      • Activities: surfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of daimari beach

      Daimari Beach is well known for the horseback riding tours that are being offered at the nearby Daimari Ranch (established in an old coconut plantation from the 16th century). The beach is about 100 meters wide and stretches for about 175 meters into the mainlands of Aruba. The cove of Daimari Beach is enclosed by a rough, limestone coast. The waves can sometimes be very high because of the cove’s shape and the persistent north-eastern trade winds. Not recommended for snorkeling or swimming.

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      Dos Playa

      • Length: 200 meters.
      • Activities: bodyboarding, surfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of dos playa beach in aruba

      Dos Playa consists of two coves that both have rather narrow beaches. One beach is about 100 meters wide and stretches for about 200 meters into the mainlands of Aruba. The most northern beach is approximately 70 meters wide and continues for about 100 meters into the mainland. The amount of sand is ever-changing on both beaches because of the strong north-eastern trade winds. Dos Playa is one of the most secluded beaches in Aruba, there are no amenities and it takes quite an effort to get there. Swimming or snorkeling is not recommended.

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      Boca Prins

      • Length: 55 meters.
      • Activities: surfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of boca prins aruba

      Boca Prins is part of the Arikok National Park. It is a very small beach that’s only about 55 meters long. It is part of the Boca Prins Bay, a bay surrounded by cliffs on the east coast of Aruba. From Boca Prins you can hike into Arikok National Park through the sand dunes, the beach stretches all the way there. When you are looking for privacy and a beach off the beaten track with a rough ocean, Boca Prins is the right beach to visit.

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      Grapefield Beach

      • Length: 600 meters.
      • Activities: surfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of grapefield beach

      Just north of Boca Grandi you will find Grapefield Beach, a rare combination of cliffs to your left and beautiful beach on your right. It is a quiet beach that is about 600 meters long. Looking to the north the beach further continues for about a kilometer to Rincon Bay where the beach ends. Grapefield Beach is a beach not a lot of people go to, so you can make it almost your private beach when visiting. Swimming or snorkeling is not recommended here.

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      Boca Grandi

      • Length: 750 meters.
      • Activities: windsurfing, kitesurfing, hiking.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of boca grandi

      Boca Grandi is a true paradise for experienced kitesurfers and windsurfers. The beach is surrounded by approximately 750 meters of white sand beach that is not very wide. Further down, the beach stretches for about 780 meters to the north and gradually changes into Grapefield Beach where the beach gets much wider. Constant trade winds from the east and fairly big waves make this beach not very suitable for swimming or snorkeling. It is potentially dangerous unless the winds are low and the waves are calm. When kitesurfing or windsurfing is not your cup of tea, just watching the surfers challenge the elements of nature is also a great thing to do.

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      Bachelors Beach

      • Length: 300 meters.
      • Activities: windsurfing, kitesurfing.
      • Facilities: none.
      a picture of bachelors beach

      Bachelors Beach, also known as Boca Tabla, is the southernmost beach on the rougher east side of the island. It is a great place for windsurfing or kitesurfing, although Boca Grandi to the north is much more popular among kitesurfers. It is not suitable for swimming or snorkeling. The beach is very quiet, not a lot of people go here because it is quite an effort to get there. If you prefer privacy, Bachelors Beach is just one of those places to go.

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      Rodgers Beach

      • Length: 265 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving.
      • Facilities: parking.
      a picture of rodgers beach aruba

      Rodgers Beach lies just a few hundred feet northwest of Baby Beach, in the ‘Sint Nicolaasbaai’. It has a length of just 265 meters and it is divided into two parts. Because of the lack of amenities, Rodgers Beach tends to be a quiet beach. But if you are looking for tranquility combined with white sand and clear water with that typical Caribbean color, Rodger’s Beach is a great place to visit. Views of the oil refinery of San Nicolas create a rather rare contrast of industrial activity and nature at its purest. A great beach to make sunset pictures.

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      Baby Beach Aruba

      • Length: 600 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, swimming.
      • Facilities: bar, cabanas, parking, restaurant, dive center.
      a picture of baby beach aruba

      One of our top picks on the list of best beaches of Aruba, Baby Beach Aruba is located at the southernmost point of the island. This tranquil cove outside San Nicolas got its name from the fact that its waters are less than five feet (1,5 meters) deep. The beach looks like a natural lagoon and is protected from the big blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Baby Beach is a great place to spend time with your children to teach them how to snorkel or swim. The lagoon is surrounded by approximately 600 meters of beach. The beach slopes very gradually into the water. The water level for most of the cove is not more than about waist high, but towards the inlet, it deepens to over 5 feet. Because Baby Beach is far away from the hotels it’s a relatively quiet place to visit and enjoy the sun, the white sand and the crystal clear shallow waters.

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      Druif Beach

      • Length: 300 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, swimming.
      • Facilities: bar, beach chairs, cabanas, parking, restaurant, hotel.
      a picture of druif beach aruba

      Walk a few hundred meters south-east from Manchebo Beach, and the beach will gradually morph into Druif Beach (Grape Beach). Here too you will most certainly enjoy the epic vistas the Caribbean has on offer! This beach is about 300 meters long and can get up to 50 meters wide. Trade winds are constant at this point of the island, but comfortable. Swimming conditions are excellent here as the waters are almost always calm. Enjoy the soft white sands, and clear blue sea…

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      Palm Beach Aruba

      • Length: 2500 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, kitesurfing, swimming.
      • Facilities: bar, beach chairs, cabanas, parking, restaurant, hotel.
      a scenic picture of palm beach in aruba

      Palm Beach is over 2 kilometers long – one of the longest beaches of Aruba – and it stretches along the major high-rise hotels of the island. It is a great spot for long walks along the shoreline, it’s also long enough for some running in early in the morning. The beach faces west, making it just another perfect place to enjoy a typical Caribbean sunset as your day comes to an end. You’ll find many restaurants and shops nearby, and many beach bars like Bugaloe and Moomba that will gladly serve you a cold beer or refreshing cocktail to enjoy in the shade. Several water sports opportunities are available.

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      Eagle Beach Aruba

      • Length: 1100 meters.
      • Activities: beach tennis, snorkeling, swimming.
      • Facilities: bar, beach chairs, cabanas, parking, restaurant.
      a picture of eagle beach aruba

      Located north-east of Manchebo Beach, Eagle Beach is simply one of the best beaches of Aruba and one of Mother Nature’s finest works. It is a tranquil sanctuary, away from the hustle and bustle of the high-rise hotel area. The picture perfect beach boasts a length of over 3000 feet, and can get quite wide. Here is where you will find the perfectly white powdery sand that Aruba is so famous for. Eagle Beach faces north-west, offering a mesmerizing view of the Caribbean Sea. Make sure you don’t miss Happy Hour at the open-air Sandbar (4 to 6 PM), and don’t forget to take pictures of the amazing sunsets while you’re here!

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      Divi Beach

      • Length: 500 meters.
      • Activities: beach tennis, snorkeling, swimming.
      • Facilities: bar, beach chairs, cabanas, parking, restaurant, hotel.
      a picture of divi beach aruba

      Divi Beach faces south-west and is located just south of Druif Beach, and by walking along the shore for just a few hundred meters it can easily be reached. This beach can get up to 100 meters wide and has a length of about 500 meters. The beach extends all the way to the Tamarijn Beach Resort further down south.

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      Manchebo Beach

      • Length: 800 meters.
      • Activities: snorkeling, swimming.
      • Facilities: bar, beach chairs, cabanas, parking, restaurant, hotel.
      a picture of manchebo beach aruba

      Also known as Punta Brabo, Manchebo Beach is by far Aruba’s widest beach, offering shade cabanas and plenty of beach lounges. The beach is curved, approximately 800 meters long and 90 meters at its widest, and mostly faces west. Conclude your day at the beach by enjoying some of the best Happy Hour in Aruba at the Pega-Pega Café Beach Bar from 5 until 6 PM. Manchebo Beach has several restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a healthy lunch. Sunsets here are absolutely stunning!

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