Eagle Beach On a BudgetAruba, only fifteen miles north of Venezuela, is a top Caribbean tourist destination. It's a small island, only 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, and is an autonomous dependency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. One of the most popular and beautiful beaches on the island is Eagle Beach. It's a popular beach with the locals, and a common destination for many who are looking for a party. The beach is particularly crowded on Easter weekend. The sand is a sugary white and the waters are a stunning crystal blue color. The beach itself is quite flat and the ocean is so calm it's like swimming in a pool. There are a handful of palm trees if you're seeking shade, but otherwise it's the ideal place to soak up some rays. You'll find some shaded picnic areas as well if you're hoping to enjoy a casual lunch.
The area's climate is tropical marine so there is little seasonal variation. The sun can stay strong but a constant breeze keeps you comfortable. Daytime rain is rare but showers are more common at night. The high season is between January and March and the off season is between April and December. Aruba does lie outside of the hurricane zone.
SightsEagle Beach is often listed as one of the ten best beaches in the world. The waters are calm and the views are spectacular. It's a great destination if you're traveling with children or are interested in snorkeling. The beach is very wide with white sand and crystal blue waters. The beach itself stays very clean and the atmosphere is fun and safe.
NeighborhoodsEagle Beach is both a beach and neighborhood in Oranjestad, Aruba. The area has many low rise resorts, and the beach itself is very wide and beautiful. Across the street from Eagle Beach is the La Cabana Resort. There are also a handful of timeshares in the area but like all beaches in Aruba, Eagle Beach is open to the public. It's located just south of Palm Beach but the two are separated by a rocky outcrop making it difficult to walk between the two. You can stand on the rocky outcrop and often times you'll see the flock of green parakeets that live there. The best times to spot them is during the early morning hours or in the mid afternoon. You'll likely hear their distinctive screech long before you spot them.
ActivitiesEagle Beach offers a great spot for snorkeling. The calm waters allow many colorful fish and some coral to thrive here. It's easy to book a catamaran cruise in the area so that you can snorkel off the shore and explore nearby scenic spots, but it's also possible to simply wade into the water and enjoy some independent snorkeling. You can also arrange any number of water sports as vendors are everywhere.
Food and DiningFood in the area is often expensive and the quality varies. There are grocery stores about ten minutes from Eagle Beach, but you have to take a bus or taxi. Taxis will cost about $12. Grocery stores are your best option for stocking up on your own food. The largest grocery store is Super Food. It has a wide variety of options and you'll find both American and European labels. There is also a good meat selection. Cooking at least a few meals during your visit will help you keep your food budget in check.
There are plenty of dining options within walking distance of Eagle Beach. You'll find both chain and local restaurants nearby. Aruba has everything from fast food chain restaurants to upscale options. The best food can be found at local restaurants. These restaurants still cater specifically to tourists, but the dishes are interesting and traditional meals are fun to try.
TransportationMost of Aruba's roads are two lanes and paved. Traffic in Oranjestad can be very congested, particularly during peak holiday periods. You can pick up a taxi at the airport or at any of the hotels. It should cost about $25 to get from the airport to Eagle Beach.
There is also a bus system called Arubus. A round trip costs about US$2.30. It is also possible to rent a car, but because Aruba is so small, this is not necessary. Look into what activities you want to do and where you want to go. If the bus goes there, or you can take a taxi, then this is probably your best bet.
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