Aruba's Pristine Beaches
Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba is located just steps away from Palm Beach. This renowned two-mile-long beach in Aruba is home to glamorous high-rise hotels and dotted by water sports concessions, piers, beach bars, restaurants and shops. Calm waters make this a comfortable haven for swimmers and snorkelers. The shore is very shallow and gradually gets deeper. Boardwalk offers a dedicated beach area on Palm Beach for hotel guests, with exclusive use of complimentary beach huts, cushioned lounge beds and a fresh water shower.
Palm Beach offers a grand variety in watersports activities to meet anyone’s taste. As all other Aruban Beaches, Palm Beach is a public beach, open for everyone to visit. The sand is sugary-white without any rocks, which makes it perfect for tanning and playing. Right across Palm Beach lies Aruba’s newest and one of its best shopping malls, Palm Beach Plaza Mall.
Beach Bars in Aruba
As you walk along the shore of Palm Beach you will find yourself at one of the World's best beach bars (voted by CNN), Moomba Beach Bar. Moomba is a popular beach bar and restaurant, featuring one of the Island’s largest beach tennis courts.
A few steps further down the beach you will find Pelican Pier, a hopping beach bar on the water with a fun happy hour, just across from Holiday Inn, on a 2-minute walk from Moomba.
Adjacent to the Holiday Inn you'll find Playa Linda Beach Resort, and right in front of it, just off the paved walkway lies Aruba's best address for smoothies and anything vegan and fruity under the sun: Eduardo's Beach Shack. From ice swirls to smoothies and healthy breakfast options.
If you are in the mood for a beach walk, make it all the way to the Hilton and have a small bite or some drinks at Bubaloe Beach Bar & Grill, a funky over-water bar with Caribbean vibe and singing waiters!
Best Kite surfing & Wind surfing beach
At the most northern part of Palm Beach you can visit the Fisherman’s Huts. This beach in Aruba is the Islands most popular kite surf hotspot. Its mile-long stretch of shallow waters make Fisherman’s Huts the ultimate place to learn windsurfing or kite surfing. As Boardwalk Small Hotel is situated right across from Fisherman’s Huts our facilities are referred to as the best located windsurfing and kite surf hotel in Aruba. Learn more about windsurfing and kite surfing here.
Malmok Beach, Secluded bays with calm waters
When you drive up to Arashi Beach, north of Boardwalk Hotel, you will discover Malmok Beach, which is a small beach, perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. Malmok offers some beautiful reefs, sunken wrecks and corals, which you will find on the right hand side, past the swimming area. Here catamarans and sailboats anchor for a daytime snorkeling stop just off the shoreline.
Boca Catalina - intimate beach for snorkeling in Aruba
When you continue your drive towards Arashi Beach, you can make a stop at Boca Catalina. This is a white sandy beach offering walk-in access to offshore coral heads teeming with reef fish. If you are looking for a private swim then Boca Catalina’s crystal clear water and beautiful shoreline are the perfect place for you.
Moreover, Boca Catalina is the best spot for a great snorkeling experience! Please note, this beach tends to be busier during weekends. It can be a tricky beach to find, so feel free to ask for directions at our front desk. At this beach they rent beach loungers, at times. Make sure to bring your snorkel gear (complimentary – please ask for them at our front desk).
Arashi Beach, a local hotspot and great snorkeling in Aruba
Arashi Beach is the name of the northernmost beach of Aruba, located close to the California Lighthouse. Beautiful Arashi Beach is not only our favorite; it is an all-time favorite beach amongst most locals. Arashi is located just a few minutes drive from Boardwalk Small Hotel, at the North end of the island. It is spotted with huts, offering shade to its visitors, and its crystal clear waters make it an ideal spot to snorkel and discover Aruba’s abundant underwater life.
Make sure to take your snorkel gear (complimentary to Boardwalk guests) and head to the reef located on the left side of Arashi (facing the ocean). This beach is also a great place to mingle with the locals or have a nice picnic. We recommend going here during daytime on weekdays because Arashi tends to get busier on weekends!
Eagle Beach, Aruba's most famous beach
The other most famous beach of Aruba is Eagle Beach. Eagle Beach is known as the one of the most breathtaking beaches on the island and it has consistently been voted amongst the top 10 best beaches in the world! With its sugary white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, it is truly a must visit for anyone vacationing on the island of Aruba!
We recommend going in the early morning or around sunset for a long and rejuvenating beach walk. It might be one of the best spots to watch Aruba’s extraordinary sunsets. If you would like to spend a day on Eagle Beach, then opt for Boardwalk’s complimentary service of foldable beach chairs and a cooler to spend your beach day in comfort. Or rent a lounge chair at one of Eagle Beach hotels. Laid-back Matthew’s bar at time share hotel Casa del Mar offers resort-style lunches and dinners, gorgeous ocean views and refreshing cocktails.
Baby Beach, beautiful bay in the south of Aruba
When exploring the southern tip on the Island you have to visit Baby Beach, Rodger's Beach and Coco Beach, which are three of our local gems. These beaches are extremely calm, being that they are located on the leeward side of the Island and protected by a huge outer reef. Baby Beach is a gorgeous half-moon sandy expanse in a calm lagoon.
The waters are shallow making it a prime beach destination for families with children as the name “Baby Beach” already states. Swimmers can wade out for a long distance and still touch the sea bottom. Baby Beach is also a perfect location for snorkeling in Aruba. Where the bay opens out to the Caribbean Sea, snorkelers will behold a colorful kaleidoscope of coral and tropical fish.
Best beaches for body boarding and surfing
The northern side of the Island is the windward side, which makes for a rugged coast and choppy ocean. There are several beautiful and private beaches on the northern coast of Aruba, like Boca Grandi, Dos Playa, Daimari and Andicuri. These beaches are perfect for body boarding and surfing, or anyone who prefers the thrill of swimming in rough waters. Just make sure you are an advanced swimmer and surfer, as the currents are strong here.
Mangel Halto, Aruba's best snorkeling spot
in Savanetta, half way between Palm Beach and Baby beach, you find Mangel Halto beach. Mangel Halto is a true treasure. It is a small island attached to Aruba by a little bridge. On the island, an intriguing network of mangroves grow on the shoreline, creating cute tiny and sandy beaches, which lead their way to the shallow waters rich in sea life. It is a stunning snorkeling spot and a truly local hangout. Mangel Halto is approximately a 30min ride from Palm Beach, where Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba is situated. Next to Mangel Alto you will find one bar, which sells drinks. We highly recommend you to bring foldable beach chairs, a cooler and snorkel gear, all complementary available at our front desk.
Aruba's beaches - something fun for everyone!
Those beaches described as snorkeling destinations have rocks and reefs, which attract underwater life. The above described beaches, which are not specifically listed as snorkeling spots, are pure sand bottoms without coral reef. The sand bottom beaches are perfect swimming and water sport destinations.
We have folding beach chairs, beach towels, snorkeling gear and cool boxes available at our front desk for our guests to use throughout their stay; please take these and enjoy a different beach every day.