Arashi Beach, Aruba
Arashi Beach was recommended for snorkeling and it certainly did not disappoint. It was an easy bus ride from the town center of Oranjestad for a couple US dollars. The buses eagerly pick you up and put you down wherever you want. When we got to the beach, we were amazed at the quality of the sand and the water. It was stunning and we placed our stuff down and got ready to snorkel.
Immediately upon getting into the water we could tell it was going to be a great experience. There was more than an abundance of fish of all types and while the coral was its usual brown shades the fish did not disappoint and we managed to snorkel for quite a bit up and down the coast as the catamarans pulled in and out with hordes of snorkelers. There were no services at the beach so we’re glad we brought some water and granola bars. We had our cell phones and wallets that we usually put in plastic bags and bury in the sand just in case anyone steals a bag but we didn’t feel threatened at all at this beach that had families and others. We also saw some large green lizards that are well known in Aruba here under some trees in the shade.
The bus we took on passengers periodically from seemingly anywhere and the driver often pamped the horn soliciting passengers who were walking the road. It was a great way to get to and from the beach and was very economical. The bus drops you off in the town center where you can return to your cruise ship if you like to change or drop off your snorkel gear (as we did).
Then there is no shortage of bars or little restaurants to have visit in the afternoon. We were there on a Sunday so a lot of shops were closed – except the totally tourist shops – so we bounced to a few bars and had a great time after an incredible day of snorkeling.