The small Caribbean island of Aruba is the island of dream beaches and the island of contrasts: While you are swimming with flamingos on the beach for a moment or strolling across the endlessly wide Eagle Beach , you are only a few meters further in the middle of a desert-like stone landscape with cacti and aloe plants. Aruba also has a lot to offer when it comes to snorkeling and is known as the Aquarium of the Caribbean for a reason. With Baby Beach we have already introduced you to one of the snorkeling hotspots on Aruba, the second hotspot is Arashi Beach in the north-west of the island. We’ll tell you why you shouldn’t miss the small beach when you’re in Aruba.
Arashi Beach: Aruba’s snorkeling paradise
Pack your snorkel and mask, because there is a lot to see at Arashi Beach! As always, where there are stones, there are fish. It is no different here and so on Arashi Beach the places full of stones alternate with the places where you can walk perfectly and easily over the soft sand far into the sea. The further you swim out, the more there is underwater. This is also the big advantage of Arashi Beach compared to Baby Beach : At Baby Beach you are in a lagoon that you shouldn’t leave due to the strong current, that’s not the case at Arashi Beach. The water is calm and you can swim as far out as you want (but you should still be an experienced swimmer, because the current is definitely there).
If you are into adventure , a specialty awaits you off the coast at the level of Arashi Beach and the adjacent Boca Catalina Beach: Approx. The wreck of the German SS Antilla lies aground 700m from the coast . The ship sank in 1940 and since then tons of animal species have settled here, which is why the shipwreck has become one of the most popular diving spots in the Caribbean.
But we warn you: For normal swimmers 700m (one way) in the sea are not manageable! Of course not for us either (we are not tired of life, even if you could assume that due to our day hike to the Havasu Falls ), which is why we explored the Antilla as part of a guided snorkeling excursion (the report will follow soon). If you want to do it on your own, you can organize a rubber dinghy or something similar with which you can paddle the stretch out to sea from Arashi Beach or Boca Catalina. Worth it!
Arashi Beach: Favorite of the locals
The Arubans tend to distance themselves from the large beaches such as Palm Beach and Eagle Beach and prefer to swim on the beaches that are less frequented by tourists. Arashi Beach is one of the absolute favorites of the locals and so you mainly meet locals and people who come by especially to snorkel or dive. Arashi Beach is therefore never particularly crowded, even if it is quite small in comparison. Irritatingly, however, a tour bus operated by the organizer De Palm Tours Stop at Arashi Beach – the beach seems to be a stop on some island tour. But don’t worry: people just look, they don’t bathe. We suspect that the tour group is shown the Antilla shipwreck from Arashi Beach (for which De Palm Tours also offers a tour 😉) and then continues without bathing. Phew, lucky … (Do you know that when you get on the train and there is already a school class there? Fuuuuck. That’s what it felt like when the tour bus was unloaded. But it was just fine again)
The most beautiful sunset in Aruba
You can find it on Arashi Beach. Because: in the east the sun rises, in the south it takes its course, in the west it will set … Arashi Beach is located in the far west of Aruba. It’s perfect for watching one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean in the evening. What is going on here is difficult to put into words. The only lighthouse in Aruba, the California Lighthouse, is also suitable as a sunset spot. It’s right around the corner and it’s best to just come to the lighthouse or Arashi Beach every evening.
Arashi Beach is suitable for children
While we only recommend Baby Beach to a limited extent for children due to the very high stones in the water and Eagle Beach is not perfectly suitable due to the slope, you will find everything children could want at Arashi Beach. There is a lot to discover while snorkeling, the current is limited (but is more intense than at Palm Beach), there are stone-free places and the water falls flat. Sounds good? Is good.
What is the difference to Boca Catalina Beach? Boca Catalina is just a tiny bit south of Arashi Beach and is equally good for snorkeling. The problem is that you will mostly find rocks and stones here, getting into the water is much more difficult. It’s not really suitable for children, even if the underwater world is supposed to be a bit more spectacular than at Arashi Beach.
Accommodation and parking at Arashi Beach
Park. Yes. Hotels: No. For others this is definitely a nightmare, for us large hotel buildings near a beach are a nightmare. There are no more hotels near Arashi Beach or generally in the north-west of Aruba , residential areas are popular here. Instead, you will find some pretty little houses and villas that are rented out on AirBnB. And we can tell you: The corner in the very north of Aruba is super beautiful! The villas are partly on a hill directly by the sea or directly above the beach with an amazing view, have a private pool or a small garden and everything you could want.
You can even park at Arashi Beach itself, without it being directly on a busy road such as Eagle Beach. In a pinch you can even reach the beach with the Arubus , the Arashi Beach is the last stop on line 10A.