The white sandy Aruba beaches are on the south-facing side of the island and stretch for many miles from the sand dunes near the California Lighthouse at the North, all the way to the crescent tip of Baby Beach at the South.
The water is calm, clear and a beautiful blue-green. From a boat, in some places you can see the bottom 100 feet or more below you.
Arashi Beach has calm surf and a sandy bottom. The California Lighthouse can be seen clearly from Arashi Beach. Snorkelers will enjoy the Elkhorn coral here that attract a variety of fish, and with it fishing pelicans.
South of Arashi Beach is Boca Catalina. It is great for snorkeling with its shallow water and a lot of fish. The sand is white with some shells and small stones.
Continuing eastward along the southern cost is Malmok Beach. Although this beach has no facilities, it is a popular a swimming and snorkeling spot. The ship wrecked German freighter “Antilla”, lies a few hundred yards of the beach and is a popular snorkel and scuba diving spot. Malmok is also well-liked by the water sports enthusiasts.
The ultimate windsurfing and kite surfing paradise is a just a short walk southeast of Malmok. Hadicurari Beach, also known as the Fishermen’s huts beach is perfect for wind/water sports because it is not as sheltered from the steady trade winds as many of the other beaches are. The Hi-Winds World Challenge Windsurfing Competition is held on Hadicurari Beach every year in June.
Manchebo Beach, also known as Punto Brabo, is next
the beach down Aruba's shore line. This beach offers serenity and
quiet. There are no water sports in the area making it a peaceful retreat. FYI -At the time of this writing, Manchebo is Aruba's only tops-optional beaches.
Druif Beach is a long, narrow stretch of white sand and relatively calm water. This beach is not that far from downtown Oranjestad.
Rodgers Beach features slightly-rough surf. It’s located close to the Baby Beach, and offers shady areas and shower facilities.
Baby Beach is on the southern tip of Aruba. You can get there by car, or taxi cab, and it is well worth the trip. The shallow water extends far out to the coral reef.
Most of the north coast is not for swimmers. The sharp, jagged, rocky cliffs and high, - sometimes violent - waves and undertow make swimming extremely dangerous. However, there are some small, sheltered coves and bays with waves rolling in that are okay for swimming, and the waves are nice for body boarding and surfing. These beaches are quiet and usually pretty empty.