Aruba has some of the most amazing beaches! Our list of the Top 10 Aruba Beaches is based on our awesome week on the island, a little research and a few fabulous recommendations.
1.) Arashi – The Locals’ Favorite Beach
Beginning with the most northern of Aruba’s beaches, Arashi is a snow white sand beach dotted with palm huts and sprinkled with snorkel spots. While we only stopped by this spot for a brief moment on our first day when getting acquainted with the island, it was a beautiful moment.
Not only did I read that Arashi Beach is a favorite among the locals, a native Aruban actually told me Arashi was their favorite beach on the island. Coincidentally it was just up the road from Arashi Beach at the California Lighthouse (below) where the kind native offered the opinion.
We may have made more time for Arashi had the recommendation come before our last morning.
2.) Boca Catalina – The Best Snorkeling Beach
The Boca Catalina Cove is another place we may have made more time for if not for discovering it during our last couple of hours on Aruba.
This beyond gorgeous location just southwest of Arashi Beach is a sensational snorkeling spot.
Within our quick stint here, we spotted tons of sea life including starfish, colorful coral and a variety of brilliant tropical fish.
We also saw a couple of anchored yachts hosting snorkel excursions at The Cove, further proving its popularity.
There was more than enough room for everyone to swim around, even Molly.
Boca Catalina is a sweet little spot!
3.) Malmock – Best Sunset and Shipwreck Beach
Offering up authentic Gillian’s Island shipwreck appeal along side spectacular vistas, this stretch of shore is a favorite among locals and tourist alike.
There’s always something fun to see or do on Malmock Beach, even if that something is simply staring out into the beautiful wild blue yonder!
We were constantly entertained the seven days we stayed in a room with a fabulous view of Malmock Beach.
The Antilla Shipwreck coupled with fairly calm rolling water offers up the perfect conditions for all things water.
From scenic sunbathing and shell collecting to scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and SUP boarding, Malmock has it all.
Strolling alongside Malmock Beach is a dirt path accessible to joggers, horseback riders, bikes, ATV’s, etc.
Molly met many Aruban dogs, tourists and locals while walking the gorgeous Malmock Beach path morning, noon and night.
The sunsets from Malmock Beach were picturesque each and every evening.
One of our favorite spots on Aruba!
4.) Hadicurari – Top Watersporting Beach
Expert Kite Boarders, sailors, surfers and their equipment are all up for rent here at Hadicurari Beach.
Home to the annual Hi-Winds Windsurfing Tournament, Hadicurari has perfect rolling waves and easy breezy conditions for sailing and surfing of any kind.
5.) Palm – Best Resort-Style Beach
Lined with high-class high-rise hotels, Palm Beach offers up a plethora of seaside luxuries.
Some of the Palm Beach amenities include tiki bars, lush gardens, shaded full service lounge chairs, waterfront dining, seaside casinos, yacht cruises and more.
Although Aruba is pretty safe in general, this stretch of bright lights makes walking the beach at night even safer.
A scenic powdery white stretch along Aruba’s Midwestern shore, Palm Beach is a slice of pure paradise.
6.) Iguana – Best Wildlife Beach
Home to beautiful and bountiful island wildlife, close encounters with curious creatures are almost unavoidable here.
Iguana Beach is located just off-shore on Renaissance Island.
The island is named after its owner and the beach is named after its most prevelant inhabitant.
The exclusive experience is only accessible to hotel guests and paying visitors. Visitors tickets can be purchased at the hotel’s front desk and include water taxis to and from the island, a meal, a fruity beverage, a water toy and the company of a few friendly flamingos and iguanas.
Pretty pelicans and iguanas welcome guests to the island at the boat dock.
Gorgeous pink flamingos stand guard along the soft sandy beaches sectioned off as family friendly and adult only.
We had a fabulous day with the super friendly flamingos and iguanas.
For flamingo lovers like myself, this place is a dream come true!
After meeting the land life, we rented rafts with our water toy tickets, then strapped on our snorkel equipment and explored the underwater offerings of Iguana Beach.
I was feeling lazy that day and preferred to lounge in sun. Ahh-mazing!
While I floated above, hubs explored the vibrant creatures under the water.
The whole experience was exciting, relaxing, indulgent and definitely one of a kind.
7.) Baby – The Best Day Trip and Least Fur Friendly Beach
We were excited to check out this dreamy tropical beach.
Baby Beach is a protected cove that forms a half moon of white sand. Palm huts and rentable beach cabanas dot the beach while a bar & grill docked at either end put food and drink within easy reach.
Baby Beach was beautiful, but does not welcome dogs. We only stayed long enough to snap a few shots.
8.) Boca Grandi and Bachelor Beach – Best Sunrise and Breeziest Beaches
Offering endless ocean views by day, I can only imagine the amazing sunrises at this southeast area on Aruba.
Vast views appear beyond the rugged terrain that’s been carved out by strong the winds at Boca Grandi and Bachelor Beach.
Ideal terrain for rock climbers and goats!
Much like the California coastline, the conditions are excellent for wind and wave surfing. Turbines collecting clean energy overlook the ocean. Cactus and driftwood scatter the ground leading to the beaches.
Boca Grandi and Bachelor are beautifully unique beach experiences.
9.) Dos Playa – Best Unspoiled Beach
Located on the east coast of Aruba’s Arikok National Park, Dos Playa Beach has remained completely natural other than some railings, stairs and a sign.
The amazing white sand is so soft your feet feel like they could sink right in.
Although the visitor’s center advised against swimming in the rough water, wave loving hubby couldn’t resist the salty temptation.
If there was more time we could have stayed all day, but we reveled in the pure splender then went on our way to explore the rest of the park.
10.) Conchi Natural Pool – Best Hidden Beach
Only accessible on foot or by off-road vehicle, it appears a lot of Conchi’s appeal lies in the journey. At the end of this jaunt, the clear calm waters of Aruba’s naturally formed pool make for perfect swimming and sunbathing conditions.
Conchi is located in the northern part of Arikok. While we saved this special spot for our next Aruba adventure, a half day was dedicated to touring the rest of the park. Check out the awesome Arikok National Park Top 10 Attractions!