Paradise is closer than you think with holidays to Eagle Beach. Aruba’s most prized resort has pinch-me-I’m-dreaming sands, turquoise waters, and the occasional divi-divi tree blowing in the breeze.
On Aruba’s north-west corner, Eagle Beach is the nearest you’ll get to paradise in this lifetime. Condé Nast Traveller called it one of the world’s top beaches, TripAdvisor singled it out as a Travellers’ Choice Winner. And visitors usually need to pinch themselves to make sure they’re not dreaming.
The beach is a 2-kilometre stretch of sugar-white sand, dotted with divi-divi trees and thatched palapa umbrellas. It’s got crystal clear turquoise water, so you can see fish swimming around your ankles. And unlike Palm Beach – the popular resort next door – there are no crowds to spoil the scenery, just a handful of watersports centres and the occasional beach bar serving Aruba Ariba cocktails.
A charmed life
Behind the beach is a small cluster of low-rise luxury hotels, a sprinkling of upmarket bars and restaurants, plus a 9-hole golf course and a casino. If you’re a fan of diving, Eagle Beach also has a couple of dive schools that can take you out to the Technicolor reef gardens just off the shore.
Close to Oranjestad
Just 10 minutes’ drive away is Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad. This pretty town is crammed with Dutch-style colonial buildings and has several museums worth exploring, like Fort Zoutman and the Numismatic Museum of Aruba, which tells the history of the world using 35,000 coins from 400 countries. It’s also a luxury retail hub, with a string of high-end shopping malls facing the harbour.