Title: Popular Aruba Beaches
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“Who does not love the sea?” an anonymous sage wondered. “The beach is a place of healing and joy. The salt cleanses us and the sun embraces us in its warmth. The ocean heals the heart, mind, and soul.”

Whoever uttered those words could well have been thinking about Aruba, whose sparkling blue waters and white, powdery sand are the envy of the Caribbean and not matched anywhere else in the world. Aruba\'s nearly 20 beaches are uniformly clean and wide. The island\'s entire leeward and gold coasts are peppered with beaches, not to mention hotels and resorts of all sizes. For the most part, the coastline is public and accessible.

It’s hard to single out the “best” beaches, but a quartet of west-side shores generally garners the most attention and favorable reviews from real travelers. All have nearby resorts with their attendant hustle and bustle. But one can also find simple peace and the opportunity to lie back and bask in solitude:

The two-mile long Palm Beach strip fronts some glitzy high-rise hotels and is replete with piers, water-sports concessions, shops, bars and eateries. The water is usually calm, so Palm Beach is especially desirable for those who enjoy swimming and snorkeling. It’s hard to imagine a visit to Aruba without watching the vibrant colors of sunset on Palm Beach.

Druif Beach is long, narrow and oval-shaped, and the nearby resorts are less opulent and provide a more casual atmosphere. The beach is known as a quiet venue for relaxing, reflecting and making new friends.   It’s also a popular destination for families with children.

On Eagle Beach there are miles of powder and soothing, gentle surf. Jet skis and other motorized water sports are abundant. There are shaded picnic areas and huts, and entire families enjoy campouts.  The sand can literally be blinding – sunglasses are essential!

Hadicurari-Fisherman\'s Huts has a few pebbles and stones to go with the gleaming white powder, but the shallow water is ideal for boardsailing. The annual Hi-Winds Pro Am Windsurfing Competition is held here.

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Author: staff writer 2012-05-21