Take a cab or bus to Arashi beach. It is less expensive than snorkeling tours and is perfect for kids. They can swim around and it is quite shallow. You must bring your own equipment , but just goggles will do. Be aware there are no amenities, so no food, or bathroom. We go in the afternoon for about two hours.
Went there by boat - trip that visited Arashi beach and "The Antilla" for snorkeling. Great to do some snorkeling. Crystal clear water, great fauna.
PERFECT FOR US! As our house was right there. It's been windy so far, but the beach is breathtaking.
This is in the far northeast side of the island, and is reasonably good for snorkeling as well as swimming. No facilities that I recall.
Nice sandy beach and you will enjoy swimming in the ocean. The water was a perfect temperature.Best snorkelling there as well. Needs washrooms, shower to rinse off and a snack bar
Great beach without the crowds. There are a few huts, which you can get if you arrive early. Beach chairs are available for $7 each. Snorkeling is okay. Not extremely colorful, but I spotted a pretty cool flounder that was in the sand. I suggest you come down here if you are in the high rises.
this was the best beach for sitting and relaxing as well as snorkeling. There is easy parking, lots of covered areas to sit, chairs to rent, and really smooth white sand.
During our week in Aruba we visited many beaches. Arashi was among the best in terms of ease of travel (near our apartment) and quality of snorkeling with easy water access. The only site with superior snorkeling was Mangel Halto Beach, which was a bit of a drive for us (tho everything on the island is easily accessible). Helpful hints: you can park your car anywhere for free; that includes the ritzy hotels along Eagle and Palm Beaches. Snorkeling is usually best in mid-morning, when the water is less churned up. As usual, only the western beaches are snorkel-worthy. As much as we dislike big crowds of hotel and cruise liner folks, we enjoyed walking along the best sand on the island, a near-white, firm, fine texture...and that would be where the big hotels are plopped down. So, yes, there are lots of humans, but the sand and shore are worth it, and it's interesting people-watching. Never fear: there are always folks who don't know how to apply sunscreen and end up with colorful skin blotches of white/red. Remember to wear a hat and use the lotion; you're close to the equator!! Finally, the best snorkeling is only good compared to the clear waters and loaded colorful fish of the Virgin Islands and Bahamas, but Aruba is a fine place to visit, swim, relax. If you rent a car, please don't drive it on the dirt roads around the eastern edge, unless it's a 4-wheel drive, preferably a jeep. (Do you ever wonder why buying a used rental car is a terrible idea?)
We enjoyed Arashi Beach as it was one of the less crowded beaches. We ended up at the very end of the beach toward the tip of the island and enjoyed the views. Be care of the sea urchins.We found 2 while walking along the shore. Nice place to relax on the beach.
We sampled other beaches like baby beach and eagle beach but you couldn't beat Arashi for snorkeling from shore and overall peace and quiet. It's got aquamarine water and a view of the California lighthouse. Get there early if you want to snag some shade under a thatched hut. It's windy so beach umbrellas are difficult to secure. And, like all the beaches, there were no restrooms or lifeguards.