What is snorkeling like in Aruba? Is there easy access near most beaches, or can it be tricky/require a boat trip, drive?
looking for a place where it is easy to just snorkel from the beach
You can easily snorkel right off the beach in Aruba. Try Boca Catalina (http://www.visitaruba.com/experience-aruba/aruba-beaches/#item_2) or Arashi ( http://www.visitaruba.com/experience-aruba/aruba-beaches/#item_1) which are both less than 5 minutes away from the main hotel area of Palm Beach. The advantage of a boat trip is that you can get to certain areas more easily while getting to see more of the island's coast. For a really nice sailing/snorkeling trip check out the Tranquilo: http://www.visitaruba.com/experience-aruba/attractions-and-activities/the-tranquilo about 9 years ago