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Aruba is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Long, white stretches of sand, crystal clear aquamarine water, palm trees, and a steady sea breeze to keep you cool…the beaches in Aruba are fabulous!

In Aruba, each beach offers a slightly different experience. Some are good for snorkeling, some are secluded and (almost) private, and some are filled with tons of things to do. If you are looking for that perfect beach in Aruba, check out our list below.

So, grab your favorite swimsuit and snorkel gear, and start exploring!

Our Top Ten Beaches in Aruba

Palm Beach

Palm Beach is where most of the action is in Aruba. This is where most of the resorts call home. So this is also going to be one of the busiest, most crowded beaches on the island.

Palm Beach Aruba

Palm Beach

The beach is wide and filled with cabanas and lounge chairs that sit in the shade of tall palm trees. The water is calm and perfect for water sports, like paddle boarding, banana boat rides, and flyboarding. On shore, small cafes and restaurants can be found in abundance. For families, this is the perfect beach.

Eagle Beach

Some people say that Eagle Beach is the most beautiful beach on the island. The Travel Channel rates Eagle Beach as one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean. In 2017, Trip Advisor rated Eagle Beach as the third best beach in the world!

Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach is located just south of Palm Beach. This beach is very wide and less crowded than Palm Beach. Get here early, grab a cabana, and spend a day here, gazing out at this beautiful spot in Aruba.

Arashi Beach

If you are looking to get away from the crowds and the water sports, head north to Arashi Beach. This is located just a short distance from the main resort area, so it is easy to get to if you have a car.

Arashi Beach

This is another gorgeous spot in Aruba. Few people, awesome views, and a great snorkeling spot are what makes this beach special. The beach is a little bit rockier than Palm or Eagle Beach, but that is what makes it a better destination for snorkeling.

Malmok Beach & Boca Catalina Cove

This is one of the best places to go snorkeling in Aruba. Much of the coastline here is rocky and reef-like, making this is an excellent spot to go snorkeling.

There is a small beach to access the water. Spend however long your heart desires, swimming in this small, protected cove, searching for Angelfish, Blue Tangs, Butterflyfish, and more.


Snorkeling Aruba

Hadicurari Beach

For kitesurfers and windsurfers, Hadicurari Beach is your destination. The wind is strong here, perfect for these sports. There are rental facilities on the beach and you can take lessons if you are a first-timer.

Hadicuri Beach

Even if you don’t want to go kitesurfing, this beach is worth a quick visit. It’s awesome watching people who really know how to kitesurf. Plus, the views up and down the coastline are phenomenal!

Boca Keto

Boca Keto gets our vote for best beach on the island. Why? It’s gorgeous, it’s secluded, and there really is almost no one here.

Boca Keto Beach

Getting to Boca Keto is not easy, but it’s worth it. Located in Arikok National Park, it requires driving on dirt roads, followed by a short hike or a ride in an ATV. What you get for your effort are views like this and if you are lucky, you can have this beach all to yourself. The water at this beach is too rough for swimming, but it was our favorite because of its beauty and seclusion.

Boca Keto was an unexpected surprise for us that we “discovered” on a hike to the Natural Pool, just a very short distance away.

Daimari Beach

Daimari Beach is another quiet, secluded spot in Aruba. It is also located in Arikok National Park, just north of Boca Keto. The water here is rough and the beach is littered with some trash, so it’s not perfect, but it is a pretty spot.

Daimari Beach Drone

Daimari Beach

Andicuri Beach

Andicuri Beach is popular with boogie boarders and body surfers. This is one of the few spots on the island where you can brave the waves.

Andicuri Beach

This is another quiet beach away from the crowds of tourists. To get here, you need at least an SUV, preferably a 4×4, for the dirt road that leads to the beach.

Blackstone Beach

From Andicuri, a five-minute walk will get you to Blackstone Beach. This is not a place to go swimming (because the water is so rough), but it is worth the visit to see this unique beach made of black stone.

This is more of a scenic spot than a “hang out all day at the beach spot.” If you are bummed that you can’t see the Natural Bridge because it has fallen, you can see several similar but smaller arches here.

Blackstone Beach

Baby Beach

Baby Beach is located at the southern point of Aruba. This is a popular spot for locals and another place to get away from the crowds of tourists.

Baby Beach

Baby Beach gets mixed reviews but I thought it was worth mentioning in this post. It can be a long drive to get here. There is some trash on the beach and your views will be out to an oil refinery. People usually either love or hate this beach. We got here right at sunset, which was nice, but we had very limited time to enjoy this beach. From the short time amount of time we spent here, I would say that Baby Beach is not worth the drive…visit the other beaches on this list first.

Bonus! Renaissance Beach (Pink Flamingo Beach)

This is another beach worth mentioning. The Renaissance Hotel and Resort owns a small, private island with several beaches and a spa. Flamingo Beach is the most popular beach, named for the pink flamingos that can be found here.

Renaissance Island is free for guests of the resort. If you are not a guest, the charge is $125 per person for the day and there is a limit to the number of people allowed on the island. Make your reservations in advance if you want to see the flamingoes…tickets can sell out days in advance.

PRO TRAVEL TIP:  If you are traveling as a couple or as a group of two or more people, it might be more economical to book a hotel room. It is possible to book a hotel room for as low as $260, which is just slightly more than you would spend as two or more people. Check hotel prices on Booking.com.

Best Beaches in Aruba: On a Map

What are your favorite beaches in Aruba? Do you think visiting Flamingo Beach is worth the price? Let us know in the comment section below.

More Information about Aruba & the Caribbean

ARUBA: Learn how to plan your visit to Aruba and get information on the best things to do in our Guide to Aruba. And don’t miss beautiful Arikok National Park and Natural Pool, one of the best adventures in Aruba.

KEY WEST & THE FLORIDA KEYS: Learn how to plan the perfect trip to the Florida Keys with our Miami, Florida Keys, and Key West Itinerary. We also have detailed guides on Things to Do in Key West, the Best Restaurants in Key West, and top experiences along the Florida Keys. From Key West, learn how to plan a day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS: If the US Virgin Islands is on your travel wish list, check out our 7-day US Virgin Islands Itinerary, plus our articles on Things to Do in St. Thomas and Things to Do in St. John. On your trip, don’t miss Virgin Islands National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in the USA.


Best Beaches in Aruba


Ten Best Beaches in Aruba

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    Anne MARIE Luca

    Hi thanks for your helpful tips. We leave Saturday my daughters and I are staying at RIU. What beach is that. I really want to see the top places but also want to relax! Lol we are visiting for the week so hoping we can do a few of the things you mentioned.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello! With one week you should have no problem doing everything we did (we only had 4 days). I’m fairly certain that RIU is on Palm Beach. Have fun! Cheers, Julie

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      Sandra G BOS

      Renaissance Flamingo Beach is my absolute favorite. I have been going to Aruba for 20 years. I own timeshare at Marriott OC on Palm Beach which is absolutely gorgeous also. Food on the island is second to none. Enjoy

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    harry gaur

    Thank you for sharing valuable information about beaches. It will help to plan my vacation in future.Keep on good work and keep on writing article on beaches.

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    joy shultz

    We recently purchased a second home in Aruba and have been there several times. Our favorite beach is Baby beach. We are senior citizens and like the calm waters there. Also the snorkeling is very good. There are restrooms and a small restaurant and bar easy accessible from the beach. There are also chairs for rent. There are plenty of trees and palapas to get shade.

    1. Avatar for DARÍO

      Falta comentar Palm Island, que es una playa privada espectacular a la cual conviene ir bien temprano con entradas all inclusive.

      Con respecto a Baby beach se trata de la playa con una de las aguas mas tranquilas( tortugas marinas, peces de todo los colores. El mismo es un arrecife natural e ideal para ir con chicos pequeños por ser playo durante aproximadamente 1 o 200 metros la profundidad no pasa el (1,50 metro) metro y medio de profundidad.

      1. Avatar for Julie Post

        Here is the comment translated to English (using Google Translate):

        Miss Palm Island, which is a spectacular private beach to which it is convenient to go very early with all inclusive tickets.

        With regard to Baby Beach, it is the beach with one of the quietest waters (sea turtles, fish of all colors.) It is a natural reef and ideal to go with small children to be shallow for about 1 or 200 meters. depth does not pass the (1,50 meter) meter and a half deep.

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      Just be careful of the strong currents especially with kids, my daughter and I rescued two kids that were struggling against the strong currents. Parents no where to be found.

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    Willerd Sánchez

    The beaches in Aruba are very beautiful, when I stay at Harbor House (www.harbourhousearuba.com), I always visit Flamingo beach, Palm beach and Eagle beach, I think they are the most fun and relaxing beaches

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    Eagle beach is the most beautiful beach in my opinion: wide, quiet, breath taking! I also really enjoyed Baby beach! We got there early and spent the entire day snorkeling the clear coral waters and exploring the area. Totally worth the road trip, I will for sure return to Baby beach the next time I visit Aruba!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Thanks for sharing! A lot of people really like Baby Beach. Maybe we were there during an “off time.” I went for a walk on Eagle Beach the last morning during our visit to Aruba. There was hardly anyone else on the beach and it was wonderful! Cheers, Julie

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