Obviously, the main activity in Aruba is “beaching.” The island consists of the North and South beaches. We all collectively decided to spend a day exploring the north and another day exploring the south.
Starting with the North, we drove all the way to the lighthouse which is near Arashi Beach and Malmok Beach. As we drove up towards the light house, we noticed the plethora of cacti and other unfamiliar bush type plants. This type of vegetation is also prominent in Curacao when I visited.
The lighthouse appears to be a popular tourist spot. The cruise ships that dock at the city center even provide shuttles to their guests to visit the light house. Unfortunately, you can only take photos of the lighthouse from the bottom. Entry was prohibited. Right next to the lighthouse was an Italian restaurant. There, we had a sip of cappuccino which was quite a treat. The restaurant had an exclusive ocean view from a higher ground overlooking Arashi beach. No establishments were around except for this one and only Italian restaurant.
The next stop was Arashi beach which was a busy strip of sand with little cabanas to plop under for shade. The water was no doubt a beautiful emerald green color. We chillaxed for a bit there before heading to Malmok beach where one can enjoy some good snorkeling. It’s a much smaller beach adjacent to a seemingly residential looking area. It almost gave me the feeling of beaching in California or Florida.
As we worked our way down the coastline heading south, we stopped over the longest strip of sand in the northern side, Eagle’s Beach. This beach is the closest to the cruise ports; hence, cruise ship folks dominate the beach in huge numbers. Despite that fact, the beach is long enough to allow for comfortable private space. Here, we caught a glimpse of the sunset which no doubt was gorgeous in its own right.
The next day we ventured out to the wilder versions of Aruba’s beaches. We stopped at Baby Beach which was lacking facilities except for a couple of restaurants with overly priced menus. The snorkeling here is fantastic. The waves were a bit choppy the day we snorkeled but the sea creatures were certainly in abundance. I thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling around the little island a few meters from the beach where we experienced the best viewing of the corals and sea creatures.
Much later in the day, we visited Mangel Halto. Mangel is not a beach. You go there for the snorkeling. Again, it was worth checking out despite the fact that we didn’t get to see turtles. Reportedly, turtles frequent the area. We weren’t lucky enough to see them at that time. Bummer! As a consolation, we hit Zeerover again for some oil-delicious fish fry.