Aruba's Best Beaches and Bays for Swimming, Snorkeling, Surfing or Sunbathing

If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Aruba guide is just what you need. Our 10Best list highlights the best places to soak up the sun, with Arashi Beach being a favorite of our editors and readers. Turn off the laptop, pack your beach attire, and get ready for a relaxing day of taking in rays. Be careful not to get sunburned, though. Aruba’s sun can be feisty, even in the shadows of a beach cabana, or on a cloudy day. So, grab your hats and sunblocks,  and roll out your beach towels for an all natural tan, or dive into that crystal clear water to cool off. Not in the mood for sitting back and relaxing? Jump on a surfboard and crash the waves of Hadicurari. There’s enough watersport activity taking place near the Fisherman’s Huts to please any surfer; kitesurfer, windsurfer... Even water skiers, sailors and paragliders. Honeymooners and romantic couples are sure to find a perfect hideaway somewhere between the mangroves and Aruba’s vibrant marine life. And families with little kids can opt for beaches with shallow waters, plenty of shaded places and facilities.

Northwest Coast

Hadicurari Beach, known for its picturesque Fisherman's Huts that dot the beach, is probably Aruba's most popular spot for windsurfing – in fact, it's actually the site of the annual Hi-Winds Pro-Am Windsurfing Competition. Just up the street...  Read More

This soft, white sand beach is located close to Baby Beach on the island's eastern tip. Swimming is excellent here, and the trade winds will keep beach bunnies cool. Coral formations are popular with snorkelers, because they house tons of fish...  Read More

Northwest Coast

Before Arashi Beach there is a long stretch of beautiful villas alongside a road called Malmok. The lucky owners of these oceanfront dream homes live across the rocky shores and narrow sand strips of Malmok Beach. Windsurfers, anchoring boats,...  Read More

This natural pool, the locals call "Conchi", is the hidden gem of Arikok National Park and only accessible by 4x4 vehicles, by horseback or by foot. The calm and crisp clear water of the pool is a soothing contrast to the rugged coastal...  Read More

Northwest Coast
Boca Catalina

Boca Catalina is a good choice if you're trying to escape some of the crowds that populate the resort areas. It's easily accessible by bus and there is enough parking space for cars and other vehicles. The water here is shallow with lots of...  Read More

Palm Beach

Stretching from the Riu Palace Antillas resort to The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach passes by most of the island's high rise resort hotels. This stretched out and very welcoming white sand beach is perfect for sunning and socializing. Take a swim,...  Read More

"Travel + Leisure" magazine named this stretch of powdery soft white sand, one of the "10 Best Beaches in the World." This public beach offers plenty of parking, shady picnic areas and palapa huts. Swimming is wonderful here and local hotels can...  Read More


Named after the tall mangroves that grow abundantly here and that provide a perfect underwater environment for one of Aruba's most precious reefs and beaches: Mangel Halto. Not only is this a wonderful picnic spot for families and romantic...  Read More

This secluded beach gets its name from the calm, shallow waters that make it perfect for babies – and timid swimmers! This is the beach that the locals frequent on their days off, whether they live close by, - in the district of San Nicolas,...  Read More

Northwest Coast
Arashi Beach
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp

Although Arashi Beach is located on the northernmost part of the island, getting to this favorite sunbathing and snorkeling spot isn't too troublesome. If you drive, there's plenty of parking, and if you take the bus, it will make a stop right...  Read More


Meet Liliana Erasmus

Born and raised in Aruba, Liliana moved to the Netherlands to continue her college education in Marketing. Since 1998 she’s been back on her beloved island, where she is working as a...  More About Liliana