The Aruba Tourism Authority launched the Aruba Reef Care Project, known originally as the Aruba Underwater Reef Cleanup, in 1994. Aruba Reef Care — Photo courtesy of Castro PerezThe project has become one of the most ambitious environmental events in Aruba and throughout the Caribbean. Along the coast from Seroe Colorado all the way north and beyond the high-rise hotels, refuse such as glass, rubber, metal, paper, wood, cloth and plastic are retrieved as reefs, public beaches, and shallow waters are cleaned. This annual clean-up of the island's beaches ensures that they remain healthy and pristine. Volunteers include tourists, locals, environmentalists, schools, resorts, dive operators, water sports companies, and many other local businesses.
All the beaches in Aruba are public and free of charge. Druif Beach — Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourism AuthorityYes, even the beaches in front of the most expensive high-rise hotels. Although the resorts may charge non-guests an additional fee for lounge chairs and beach cabanas, most of the palapas (shade huts) that are not property of a resort are free to use, like the ones set up along the glistening white sands of Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, or Arashi. Eagle Beach — Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority Remember, the further away from the resorts you are, the heavier your beach bag should be. Towels, refreshments, snacks, sunblock, flippers, snorkels, masks... Pack it all in and enjoy a full day at sea, just like the locals do: worry-free and happily.
Dos Playa — Photo courtesy of Julio BeaujonIn contrast to the hotel area, the beaches along the windward coast are more secluded and overlooked by the craggy desert terrain. This stretch of seashore is home to extraordinary coves carved out of limestone and inlets formed by the relentless pounding of waves. The Baby Bridge is a popular example of this unique natural phenomena. Because of strong undertow and crashing waves, swimming here is prohibited. And even if it’s not recommended to dive into these wild waters, there are a few safer options to consider. The Natural Pool "Conchi" is protected from the rough sea by rock formations and is both, clear and deep enough to enter headfirst. Boca Grandi, for instance, is a favorite among body boarders and Bachelor’s Beach is ideal for kite and windsurfing, as long as the SWIMMING AT YOUR OWN RISK is kept in mind.
For sunbathers, swimmers and beach strollers, the more accessible Rodger’s Beach Rodger's Beach — Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authorityand Baby Beach offer relaxation and fun for everyone, including many facilities like shade huts, snack bars, restrooms and amazing snorkeling sites. Just don't forget your own gear.
While Aruba’s wild coast offers tranquility, privacy and challenge, and the western beach strip is all about fun in the sun. Both seasides are equally captivating and well worth many visits.