10 of the best - exotic beaches - 4. Eagle Beach, Aruba
The wow factor: Close to Aruba’s westernmost tip, Eagle Beach gets rave reviews and it is easy to understand why. Gnarled, windswept divi-dive trees provide welcome shade over powder-fine, white sands which, together with adjacent Palm Beach, form a pristine, seven-mile strip that has just been voted the second best beach destination in the world by users of travel review website TripAdvisor. The clear, calm Caribbean waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, while there’s a plethora of water sports and activities for beachgoers as well. Behind both beaches are a number of four and five-star hotels.
Did you know? Tap water is safe to drink in Aruba; it has been distilled by the world’s second-largest saltwater desalination plant, as a by-product of oil refining at the huge WEB plant on the south-west coast.
Stay: Thomson Holidays has a seven-night package, including direct flights, hotel transfers and breakfast, staying at the five-star Westin Resort Aruba on Palm Beach from £1,026 per person, based on a May 5 departure. A seven-night Kuoni package at the adults-only Bucuti Beach Resort on Eagle Beach costs from £1,583 per person, with flights, transfers and breakfast. www.thomson.co.uk, www.kuoni.co.uk