We have been to the beach in Aruba three times. Two times were in front of the low rise hotels....winds were terrible...sand was in and on everything. It actually hurt your face...
The other time we went to the beach in the high-rise area in front of the Wyndham...no sand blasting...perfect white sand and the most beautiful blue water that I have ever seen! There were people nearby renting chairs and also a small store to buy drinks ( even small bottles of white zin) and snacks!
2001- Destiny (week of 9/11 tragedy)
2002- Pride ( February and September)
2003- Glory and Fascination