The beaches of Aruba are calling

The beaches of Aruba are among the best in the Caribbean, and there are a lot of them, from the bustling south coast lined with high-rise hotels to the smallest secluded nooks that can only be reached by four-wheel drive, horseback or ‘shank’s mare’, which means walking.

For an island that makes its living from tourism, Aruba has remarkably spacious and unspoiled beaches just about everywhere you go.  The water is just as pristine; some areas are excellent for snorkeling and diving, some are perfect for body surfing or just swimming, and some are just for lying around, getting a tan and watching the beach bodies go by.  To make Aruba even more inviting, it’s also cheaper than most other islands in the Caribbean, if you look in the right places.

The top tourist season runs from December to April, but Aruba has a year-round climate that hardly ever disappoints.  It’s out of the hurricane belt, it seldom rains on you, the trade winds prevent scorching, and the atmosphere is unfailingly friendly and welcoming.

Accommodations range from the luxurious to the very simple, and again, you will not be disappointed no matter which end of the spectrum you choose.

If you’re not on a budget, stop here and just go enjoy. Otherwise, here are a couple of tips that may be helpful.  First, check out the apartments that cater to vacationers.  You can save a lot of money and get all the advantages of beach proximity, comfort and security without the cost of man-made luxury, as nature provides the sun, the sand, the sea and the view for free.

Rent a car, pack a cooler, and head for one of the less developed beaches, like Arashi, Boca Catalina or Hadicurari.  You’ll find unbelievable white sand that seems unending, with palm frond palapas for shade and no commercial development at all.  This is the real thing, and it is surpassingly beautiful.  By any definition, Aruba is close to Paradise.