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Free Things To Do in Aruba

If you have extra time, Hadicurari Beach is worthwhile.
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    Known as "Low-Rise area" for its low-to-the-ground hotels and timeshares, northwestern Eagle Beach is one of the island's top shores by default – you're probably staying nearby. Convenience aside, Eagle Beach truly is one of the best places to spend a day in Aruba. 

    Recent visitors called the beach magnificent with gorgeous white sand and the bluest water. They do warn of high winds, however, so plan to wear a hat to protect from any flying sand.

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    Palm Beach
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    Some vacationers like their water for swimming, not sporting. If this is you, ditch the "Low-Rise area" at Eagle Beach and try the more tranquil turquoise waters along Palm Beach, located just above Eagle Beach on Aruba's western coast. You'll have fewer Jet Skis and wakeboarders to avoid as you wade in the Caribbean Sea.

    Recent travelers were impressed with the water's bright, clear blue color and the soft, white sand of the shoreline that varies by location. Others remarked on the memorable sunsets and prevalence of Tiki bars.  

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    Hadicurari Beach
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    Located near Aruba's northwestern tip, just past the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Hadicurari Beach's strong winds beckon to windsurfers and kiteboarders. You'll know you're at the right place when you see beach shacks dotting a pebbly coastline; the beach here is nicknamed "Fisherman's Huts" for that very reason.

    The area's shallow, iridescent water is also good for snorkeling, which a lot of visitors recommend. Even if you don't want to try your hand at windsurfing, reviewers say this is a great spot to watch others take on the winds. Because of it shallow waters, Hadicurari is also a hit with parents traveling with their children. A note of caution: The sand here is not as soft as Palm Beach; it's littered with broken coral and shells, so wear appropriate footwear.

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    Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations
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    Not everyone likes to stay camped out on a Caribbean beach, shopping in a duty-free store or diving deep to a bygone shipwreck. If this is you, visit the Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, a cluster of cacti, boulders and hiking trails located in eastern Aruba.

    This is the recommendation repeated over and over again from recent guests of the region, who say the area, when judged in a vacuum, is unimpressive. But considering your big events on Aruba are limited to sea time, shop time, spa time or slots time, the Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations make an interesting enough stop and offer a panoramic (albeit windy) vista from the top.  

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    Baby Beach
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    Aruba has the remedy for the overhyped, overcrowded sprawl you might be experiencing along Eagle or Palm beaches. Take a trip southeast to San Nicolas and Baby Beach, a popular shore for Arubans due to its shallow waters and easy waves, which makes it great for kids.

    Recent beachgoers recommend spending time snorkeling near the left, rocky side of the beach. Though visitors were generally pleased with this stretch of sand, they do warn that the restroom facilities are lacking.

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