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Baby Beach

Well-known Baby Beach in the southeastern region of Aruba, nearby San Nicolas, is an absolute Caribbean seaside heaven. This beautiful half-moon sandy stretch in a peaceful lagoon is perfect for families with small children.

Baby Beach is quiet and secluded but is home to several simple eateries and beach bars so that you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

It also isn’t exclusively for travelers who want to swim, sunbathe and nap in the shade. The clear, calm water here (and the impressive variety of life that swims through it) is perfect for snorkeling with your friends. 

Simply rent a mask, snorkel and fins and dip your face in the water to see schools of colorful fish — and, if you’re lucky, a graceful sea turtle swimming past. 

Although it feels remote, Baby Beach is just 45 minutes from Aruba Cruise Terminal, which means you can still enjoy a swim or snorkel here even if your ship only docks a few hours.

The shallow waters make it a prime beach destination for swimmers who like to wade out for a long-distance and still touch the sea bottom. Where the bay opens out to the ocean, Baby Beach also offers the perfect snorkelling location; please stay within the marked snorkel area for your safety.

Baby Beach offers a refreshment stand where you can also enjoy a hamburger or hotdog whilst mingling with the locals. Big Mama’s Grill offers bbq, as well as seafood platters, in case you have a bigger appetite.

Beach beds, windscreens and snorkel gear are available at a rental fee. Complimentary huts are placed throughout the beach to protect you from the sun. Close-by is a local dive shop offering snorkel and dive gear rentals.

Baby Beach is about a 45 minutes drive from the Palm Beach hotels.

 

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Druif Beach

When planning Aruba vacations, most cruise-bound travelers are looking for a beach with clean, soft sand and calm water that’s close to the port but also manages to be quiet. It might seem impossible to strike such a perfect balance on an island as small and popular as Aruba but Druif Beach checks all these boxes and more. 

In fact, it’s the closest of the best Aruba Beaches to Aruba Cruise Terminal, located just five minutes by car from where you disembark your ship.

Like a few of the other beaches on this list, Druif Beach is a nesting spot for leatherback turtles, whose life cycle can be a fascinating phenomenon to watch, especially if you’re in Aruba during the summer or early autumn. 

Home to the low rising Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Resort, the beach also boasts restaurants alongside the numerous hotel rooms found only steps from the powder sandy beach shores. 

Remember to take care as you enter the water since the impossibly soft sand of Druif Beach can crumble under the weight of a person when it’s wet. The fragile coral reefs that sit offshore also have a tendency to break and get buried in the sand, so locals recommend wearing water shoes.

Swimming conditions here are rated excellent for the calm surf conditions. This beach is easily accessed via taxi, rental car, or public bus transportation options.

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