Caribbean Beach Destination: Alluring Aruba

Sand strolls and sunsets in Paradise

By ; published Friday, September 21st, 2012
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The Aruba Tourism Authority launched the Aruba Reef Care Project, known originally as the Aruba Underwater Reef Cleanup, in 1994.

Aruba Reef Care
Photo Credit: Castro Perez

The 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 Credit: Aruba Tourism Authority

Yes, 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 Credit: 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 Credit: Julio Beaujon

In 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 Credit: Aruba Tourism Authority

and 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.   

 

 
 

  About Liliana Erasmus:

Liliana Erasmus grew up on the island of Aruba. Among her fondest childhood memories are the family days at many of Aruba's desolated beaches at that time and picking sea grapes. 

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