I'm used to an ocean with a big break and large waves that are tricky to swim past sometimes, especially on windy days. Aruba's seashore is an entirely different story.
First of all, the water is like a bath - it's around 81 degrees so it's cool enough to be refreshing because Aruba is really darn hot. But you typically won't feel cold when you're in it. The wind blows hard in Aruba so that also cuts the heat and cools you off, especially when it hits you after you get out of the water.
The other thing I love about Aruba water is how shallow it is. You can walk out a few hundred feet in some areas and still only be up to your waist. You can walk out a hundred feet and sit down in the water with a beer. So awesome. It's also impossibly calm, almost like a lake. There's rarely a wave in sight.
And yet another thing I love about Aruba water is the sugary-soft sand. It feels like silk in the water and like a fine luxurious powder on your toes on the beach.
Yes, Aruba's blissful beaches and spectacular water make this one of my favorite places to take a Caribbean vacation.
Warm calm waters forever
More Baby Beach
That sand though
“Aruba's waters are warm, shallow and calm. They're bliss.”
Every hotel, spa, cruise line and restaurant wants to classify themselves as 'luxury' for travelers these days. When I see luxury, I always do a little extra research to make sure that's really the case.
Do you live in a state? Ha, of course you do! Check out the State Parks (and National, if any) in your state for a last-minute trip. The majority of state parks have inexpensive places to stay in or around them and it's usually easy to book last minute unless it's really popular like Yosemite.