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Best Water Attractions in Oranjestad

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Manchebo Beach

This beach paradise, with its white powder sand and crystal clear turquoise water, is probably one of the best on the island. Lounge on a beach chair under the shade of an umbrella with your favorite book or people watch, take a soothing swim in the calm water or go scuba diving and experience the beauty of Aruba's marine life, whatever you fancy, you're sure to have a great time. There are a number of restaurants and bars along the beach that offer delicious local food and drinks and plenty of resorts should you wish to live by the beach.

Manchebo Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba
Eagle Beach

The island nation of Aruba is home to some fascinating beaches and vistas. Aruba's widest oceanfront, the dramatic Eagle Beach is noted for its white, powdery sands and crystal clear waters. The beach is well-equipped with shaded areas, parking spaces, and some quaint huts to escape the blazing sun on bright days. Adventure seekers can choose from an array of water sports like waterskiing and sailing here. A few months out of the year year, you'll find white and red signposts alerting sightseers against harming turtle nests at Eagle Beach. In particular, the hawksbill, green, loggerhead, and leatherback species dominate the sea and sand. Head here for all-around outdoor entertainment and outstanding panoramic views.

J.E. Irausquin Boulevard, Oranjestad, Aruba
Palm Beach

Palm Beach is a 2-mile stretch of soft, pristine sand, hemmed on one side by the sparkling, turquoise waters of the Caribbean and on the other by Aruba's luxury, high-rise resorts. Located northwest of Oranjestad, the beach boasts calm waters, ideal for activities like swimming and snorkeling. You'll also find a number of beach bars, restaurants, piers, shops and water sport outfitters alongside the beach that together complete the picture of an island paradise. From relaxing walks along the water's edge at sunset, to thrilling water sports and enjoying a drink on beach with your toes in the sand, Palm Beach promises a myriad experiences. As the top choice for water sports, the beach can get fairly crowded during peak tourist season. Beach umbrellas and lounge chairs are available for rent.

Off Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard, Palm Beach, Aruba
Malmok Beach

The sky is the limit at picturesque Malmok Beach. Quieter than some of the larger beaches in Aruba, this pristine alcove is perfect for snorkeling with its crystal clear waters and teeming sea life. Calm currents and steady winds also provide great conditions for windsurfing. When you get a glimpse beneath the surface, you'll see that this intimate beach has more to offer than first meets the eye. Halfway submerged, with birds perched atop the exposed part, is a German freighter from WWII called the Antilla, drawing scuba divers to the site alongside snorkelers. Come on down and see for yourself.

L.G. Smith Boulevard, Oranjestad, Aruba
Boca Catalina

Boca Catalina is a beautiful secluded beach that's a stark contrast to the many commercialized beaches of Aruba. This beach is favored by the locals and doesn't draw crowds of tourists because of its scant amenities, however, once you're here you will be loath to leave. The beautiful white sand beneath your feet is perfect for long walks or to just relax and sunbathe while the clear blue water is great for a refreshing swim. The marine life just off the shore is spectacular and numerous making this beach one of the best snorkeling destinations on the island. A visit to this peaceful and picturesque beach is a must when visiting Aruba.

L.G. Smith Boulevard, Oranjestad, Aruba
Baby Beach

A semi-circular strip of sand surrounding the waters of a shallow, man-made cove, Baby Beach is a scenic getaway from the crowds that throng the island's more expansive beaches. With its calm, shallow waters, the beach is especially favored by families as the waters are safe even for young children. The crystal-clear, turquoise waters invite you to indulge in a swim surrounded by sweeping views of the sprawling sea just beyond the shelter of the cove and the windswept beach. With your toes in the sand and the wind in your hair, stand rooted in wonder as you behold the marvelous sight that is Baby Beach. The Beach is also a popular destination for snorkeling, with waters that teem with colorful tropical fish close to the inlet. For refreshments, the beach offers a snack shack serving hot dogs and hamburgers. Umbrellas and lounge chairs are also available on hire.

Off Sero Colorado, San Nicolas, Aruba
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