For such a tiny country, Aruba has an incredible amount to offer. Tucked away in the Dutch Caribbean, the island is known for its sunny skies and gorgeous weather. Plentiful flight and accommodation options make getting there a breeze, and visitors are met with some of the most stunning sunsets and ocean vistas they’ll find anywhere in the world.
These qualities alone make Aruba an ideal getaway for winter-weary Canadian travellers, but if there’s one thing that truly sets this little island apart, it’s the beaches. With soft white sand and crystal clear ocean waters, you won’t find more gorgeous beaches anywhere on Earth.
Need proof? Check out this photographic evidence of Aruba’s incredible beachfront prowess. You’ll be mentally planning your winter getaway before you reach the final shot.
16 images that prove Aruba has the most gorgeous beaches on Earth
Wide, endless shoresEagle Beach is dotted with beautiful resorts, but its wide shoreline means there's plenty of space for everyone to lounge. Try renting some watersports equipment for a bit of adventure, or stay past sunset to experience the lively nightlife.Shutterstock
Epic sunsetsIt doesn't matter which part of the island you find yourself on, sunsets are always stunning. For one of the coolest ways to experience them, saddle up for a sunset horseback tour through National Park Arikok.Shutterstock
Lighthouse views...One of the most Insta-ready spots: the California Lighthouse, which was named after the eponymous ship that sank off the coast in 1891 (impress your travel pals with that tidbit). Visitors can even experience the hotspot while off-roading in their very own four wheel drive Jeep.Shutterstock
...aerial views...In the air or on the ground, there are no bad angles when it comes to capturing Aruba's beaches.Shutterstock
...and the view from belowHugging the northwest coast is Boca Catalina, a hot-spot for snorkelling and dolphin watching.Shutterstock
Pool vs seaThe beaches have to compete with the sprawling pools at luxurious properties like the Riu Palace Aruba, but everyone knows the ocean always wins.RIU Aruba
Off the beaten pathTravellers know that if you figure out where the locals play, you'll be rewarded with a more authentic, quieter experience. In Aruba, that spot is Arashi Beach.Shutterstock
Good morning, ArubaThe sunrises in this country are worth the alarm. Besides, that's what siestas are for.Shutterstock
Find a favIt's impossible to pick the best beach in the entire island country, but Mangel Halto will easily make any shortlist. The secluded spot is perfect for picnics, but more adventurous travellers will want to go snorkelling to experience the stunning marine life. Shutterstock
Discover divi-divisIsland winds have transformed the native divi-divi trees into twisted works of art that look like large bonsai trees. You'll find them on a handful of beachfronts, including Eagle Beach and Palm Beach.Shutterstock
Make a new friendFlamingo Island (AKA Renaissance Island, home to Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino) is home to a flock of handsome gents who may just pose for a snap or two.Shutterstock
Swirling skiesCome to Druif Beach for a pina colada, stay for the sunset. Or sunrise - pina coladas are acceptable at sunrise, too. It's five o'clock somewhere, and you're on vacation.Shutterstock
National prideNearly 20 per cent of Aruba's lands are national park, including Arikok National Park and its craggy shoreline, which are a surprising change from the soft white sand at Eagle Beach.Shutterstock
Catch a waveCotton-soft sand and rolling waves make Boca Grandi beach a favourite for windsurfers (and shell collectors), locals and visitors alike.Shutterstock
Wade carefullyVolcanic rock on Andicuri Beach (in Arikok National Park) transforms the landscape into something rugged. Near the site of a famous natural bridge that sadly collapsed in 2005, the beach is also one of the most secluded on the island. Shutterstock
Beachy, babyBaby Beach, on the southeast end of the island, is a shallow man-made lagoon that may be the most family friendly place to get into the water on the island.Shutterstock