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Beach Camping Kicks Off

Klip Aruba
Klip also scene of beach camping (near down town)

Yesterday camping at Aruba beaches and surrounding areas has officially started. This years-old-tradition officially lasts until the 19th of this month.

During the next two weeks several people take camping gear to popular beaches and live without many amenities. This tradition is closely linked to the Easter Holiday.

For many it might look like a disorganized happening, but nothing can be farther from the truth. Each single camping leader is in a possession of a valid permit to do so. The permit is very strict and failure to comply will result in a void of the permit, therefore camping illegally. The permit carries terms and rules of the camping, such as noise levels after 10 pm, environmental rules (no littering on the beach, no BBQ on the beach, no driving on the beach and no animals on the beach to mention a few) and general behavior.

From what I understand from the police department, there are less permits given out this year in comparison to last year. Expect to see campers at Arashi Beach, Eagle Beach and Baby Beach among others. Remember, beaches remain open and accessible to everyone as all Aruba beaches are public.

By Gabriel

Informing travelers about Aruba since 2007, and trying to provide value to Aruba visitors.

2 replies on “Beach Camping Kicks Off”

I have been visiting Aruba during the Easter Holiday and am very nicely surprised to see the camping activities on the beach. I was wondering if such camping permits can be issued to visitors from other countries or are they only issued to locals from Aruba?

I talk to some of the campers (very nice people) and some said that camping permits can be issued all year round, others said it is only on specific dates and holidays (like Easter and Christmas and during the school summer vacation) Do you know which is true?

I will be publishing an article in “Easter Camping in Aruba” and would like to have accurate information.

Thank you!

Hi there lifenomadik, thank you for your comment. Love your website. Camping in Aruba is regulated by a local police ordinance and as such the local police is in charge giving out these permits. The idea behind the permit is to better allow for crowd control, guarantee safety of users and prevent littering among others. There was a time that no permit was necessary (80s and before) but it got so much out of control that the police decided to regulate it.

To obtain these permits you need to have a local address and local identification number. This will allow the police to localize the permit holder in case the camping didn’t comply with the rules and perhaps a fine is forthcoming. As a visitor you won’t have access to neither of above requirements.

There are two solutions. Ask a local friend who is willing to register a permit for you or ask Aruba’s tourism office to help you out as you seem to have a compelling story with your world travel website. Aruba’s tourism office is very pro-active in terms independent content creators like yourself.

The permits are giving at the discretion of the police officials and not necessarily during “special” occasions. In other words you can ask for a permit any time of year, with the only difference that during specific holidays the permits could be hard to obtain due to heavy demand.

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