Palm Beach is a beautiful two-mile long white sand beach that occupies a prime section of Aruba’s northwestern shore. This popular honeymoon destination and resort town is located 10 to 15 minutes from the capital city of Oranjestad and 20 minutes from the Reina Beatrix International Airport. Palm Beach is a popular honeymoon destination with a host of luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts offering honeymoon specials and romantic getaway packages. Although Aruba is a self-governed part of the Netherlands, most businesses accept U.S. dollars in this tourist-centric destination. Grocery stores, gas stations and other establishments often quote prices in native florins, and some businesses issue change in their native currency as well, which can be handy for tipping. All foreign citizens traveling to the beautiful island of Aruba must possess a valid passport.

Visiting Aruba’s Palm Beach

The popularity of this Caribbean honeymoon destination has resulted in a new wave of construction that includes high-rise hotels, shopping malls and high-end boutiques. During this tourist boom, several five-star resorts entered the area. This small island located off the coast of Venezuela is home to 10 casinos, several beautifully manicured golf courses and an array of breathtaking snorkeling and diving sites. The two-mile long Palm Beach is a great place to enjoy a romantic sunset stroll, an invigorating sunrise walk or some fast-paced water sports. Jet skis, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing and paddle boats are extremely popular in the sheltered Caribbean waters that roll onto the tree-lined sands of Palm Beach. Horseback rides on the beach are also popular with tourists and honeymooners.

Activities in Palm Beach, Aruba

Whether you’re going out on the town or spending a relaxing evening with your special someone, Palm Beach has activities for anyone. In Aruba, you can kick off your shoes and enjoy a romantic meal on the beach, or visit one of the many bars that look out onto the spectacular waters of the Caribbean Sea. The immaculate white sands that cover Palm Beach aren’t the only thing that makes this tropical honeymoon destination unforgettable. The luxurious resorts of Palm Beach are located minutes from the spectacular Arashi Reef and the haunting Antilla Shipwreck, which are among the best snorkeling and diving sites in Aruba. According to Scuba Diving Magazine, Aruba is the top destination for wreck diving and the third best country in the world for advanced diving expeditions. Those who don’t have scuba certifications can enjoy snuba, a local hybrid between snorkeling and scuba that uses oxygen tanks mounted to rafts. Due to its great tourist infrastructure, pristine white sands and beautiful diving areas, Aruba’s Palm Beach claimed the title of the best beach in 2011 according to a travelers’ choice poll.

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