It makes perfect sense to book a flight, pack your surfboard and head to the Caribbean. Aruba is one of the many islands where pure love for waves and beach action is welcomed and encouraged. All you have to do is figure out is which beaches you want to visit and how long you want to stay on island. The best beaches for windsurfing in Aruba are also some of the best beaches for relaxing.
Aruba is in the deep southern Caribbean near to Bonaire and Curacao. It is a Dutch island that is a favourite with visitors from the United States and Canada. And, the island is a premier windsurfing destination that appeals to surfers of all skill levels. In addition to windsurfing, the island has beautiful beaches for swimming; lively nightlife and entertainment; and restaurants that serve delicious food.
Best Windsurfing Beaches in Aruba
The best beaches for windsurfing in Aruba, according to some of the best travel websites are:
- Andicuri Beach: East coast beach with strong currents and rough surf. Best suited for expert surfers.
- Arashi Beach: North west beach with modest surf and gentle currents that change with the weather.
- Boca Catalina: North west beach perfect for beginner windsurfers and swimmers.
- Boca Grandi: Windy east coast beach with big waves. Popular with intermediate and expert kite surfers and windsurfers.
- Bushiri Beach: West coast beach with chop and small waves. Ideal for intermediate and expert windsurfers.
- Dos Playas: Side-by-side coves with strong waves and currents. Suitable for experienced surfers.
- Druif Beach: Small beach with calm waters. Recommended for beginner windsurfers.
- Dunes: North-east beach that’s home to the California boat wreck. Best for expert surfers.
- Eagle Beach: One of the best beaches in Aruba. Ideal for beginner windsurfers.
- Fishermen’s Huts: One of the best windsurfing beaches in Aruba. Suitable for all levels of experience.
- Hadicurari Beach: Shallow water that suits all surfing levels. Home of the Hi-Winds Pro-Am windsurfing competition.
- Malmok Beach: Excellent for learner surfers. Has gusty winds, but shallow waters.
- Manchebo Beach: Isolated beach on the north west. Windsurfing is best in the high wind month.
- Palm Beach: Popular beach in Aruba. Home of windsurfing rentals and windsurfing lessons.
- Punta Brabo: White sand beach with small surf. Ideal for beginners.
- Rincon Beach: South east beach with rough surf. Recommended for expert windsurfers.
- Rodger’s Beach: Quiet south coast beach. Popular with swimmers and beginner windsurfers.
- Shark Bay: East coast beach with rough surf. Best suited for experts.
- Surfside: Active beach with many watersports. Suitable for all windsurfing levels.
- Wariruri: Strong currents, waves and constant trade-winds. Ideal for intermediate and expert surfers.
- West Point: Consistent surfing with strong undercurrents. Best for experienced windsurfers.
Windsurfing Season in Aruba
For anyone looking to visit Aruba to windsurf, kitesurf, body surf or any other similar extreme water sport, the time of the year that you visit is important. The months of May, June and July see the highest winds and thus, the most active surf. Depending on which beaches you visit, you may find strong waves and currents all throughout the year. Alternatively, the months of September, October and November are considerably calmer with lighter gusts and winds. However, there is always an opportunity to catch waves in Aruba, no matter what time of the year you visit.
For more information about the best beaches for windsurfing in Aruba, visit the following links:
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