Aruba beaches are known for their soft, powdery white sand, which is great for lounging with a book, not always so great for a long distance beach run. That said, if you feel gung-ho about running on the beach, it is totally doable. As with all beach running, go at low-tide and stick just above the water line for best results. On Aruba, the west coast beaches tend to be the most runner-friendly. You can also use this handy run-down of Aruba’s best beaches to find the stretch of sand that works best for you. We’ve picked the beaches with the longest distance and most stable sand.
Eagle Beach: With its sparkling sands and clear turquoise waters, Eagle Beach is rated one of the top beaches in the Caribbean. Here, about 1.6 km of sand sprawls out before low rise resorts, with perks such as scenic divi trees and a chance to spot nesting sea turtles. (Please be mindful of signs and barriers marking their habitat). Can be extended south to include Manchebo and Divi beaches for an additional ~1.6 km.
Palm Beach: Though most runners prefer Palm Beach’s Sightseeing Path along the coast, those who enjoy running on sand can happily take to the ~1.6 km stretch of Palm Beach. Slightly more populated than Eagle Beach, this area is known for its resorts, shops, and eateries along the main drag. Go early to avoid the hoards of beachgoers.
Baby Beach: This shallow lagoon on the south coast near San Nicolas is a sandy crescent roughly .8 km in length. It’s popular with locals and — due to the gentle, shallow surf — families with kids.
Surfside Beach: Right near the airport and the Linear Park, Surfside Beach is a nice .8 km sandy patch to incorporate into any run near Oranjestad. This beach has facilities and gentle surf for swimming.