Aruba

The tiny island nation of Aruba is situated just of the coast of Venezuela, although it is actually part of the Netherlands. In contrast to much of the Caribbean region the climate in Aruba is dry and arid with the much of the landscape rock strewn with an abundance of cactus.

Aruba is an island of two very different coasts; the windward east coast has a remote feel and is virtually undeveloped. Atlantic waves crash into the limestone cliffs creating weird and wonderful rock formations and craggy coves. The seas here are considered treacherous and given the remoteness swimming is not advised.

The east coast on the other hand is much more what you would expect from a Caribbean island. The beaches here are palm-fringed with powdery white sand which is lapped by the gentler waters of the Caribbean. This is also where all of Aruba's resorts are along with the island's main town, Oranjestad.

  • Arashi beach, Aruba agustavop / iStock

    Arashi Beach

    Located on the west coast of Aruba, towards the northern tip is the small, but lovely Arashi beach. Unlike much of the west coast the area around Arashi is virtually undeveloped with few facilities. Combined with the fact it is a little out of the way this is a perfect get-away spot. Arashi is well known among divers with the calm crystal clear... read more »

  • Eagle beach, Aruba David Smith / 123RF

    Eagle beach

    Eagle beach is not only one of the best beaches on Aruba, it is the longest. A wide expanse of pristine soft white sand lapped by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Despite being a well known resort Eagle beach is relatively unspoilt and the wildlife here is testimony to that; every year several species of turtle make their nests on the... read more »