Aruba, A Dutch Island Paradise


The island of Aruba is framed by the azure Caribbean waters, radiant in the sun and cooled by constant trade winds. And Aruba’s beaches include wide shaded expanses, quiet retreats, and busy sunbathing and water sports areas. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. Visitors can relax on their comfortable lounges, read a favorite book, enjoy people-watching, or simply lose themselves in the view. But the adventurous, swimming, snorkeling, kitesurfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, and all kinds of other island adventures are available on the island’s Caribbean beaches.

On the windward side of the island, the beaches are in more secluded and undeveloped areas. You’ll find mysterious coves carved out of limestone and inlets formed by the relentless pounding of waves overlooked by craggy desert terrain. Because of strong undertow and crashing waves, swimming here is not recommended. But the Caribbean beaches on Aruba’s wild coast do afford tranquility, privacy, and a unique natural experience. Both coasts offer spectacular, glittering Caribbean views that will surely take your breath away. All Aruba beaches are open to the public.

Learn more about Aruba at the island’s tourist site.

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