Dos Playa

Located in the Arikok National Park, this hidden beach is a favorite among surfers. Though not recommended for swimmers due to the crashing waves that pound the eastern shore of Aruba year-round, this secluded beach makes for great sight-seeing and is a perfect picnic spot.

Located on the island of Aruba, 3.9 miles north of Brasil, Dos Playa is on the East edge of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. It's often said that Dos Playa is the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Most other beaches in Aruba may be just as breezy and refreshing, but are usually more cramped because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

How to Access The Beach

Inaccessible by car, a 4-wheel drive vehicle can take you here through the rocky Arikok National Park.

Amenities and Ambiance

Dos Playa is two strips of white, soft sand surrounded by some harsh cliffs on the rocky eastern coastline. The surf can be very wild and the undertoe harsh, so take caution getting in the water even when you see the adventurous locals cutting up the waves.

Please note that public restrooms are not available.

If you favor sunny days which offer those who visit a relaxing place to escape, then a good choice for you is Dos Playa; it is tucked away within a less urbanized part of Aruba.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Aruba's East coast. It is close to Aruba International Raceway Park, which is found three and a half miles away, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Aruba, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. The nearest historical attraction is Balashi Gold Mill Ruins, which is a quick taxi trip away.

If a visit to the Dos Playa isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Dos Playa
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Aruba International Raceway Park Auto Racetracks 3.3 SSE Aruba
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.3 WNW Aruba
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins Historical Site 4.0 WSW Aruba
Aruba Golf Club Golf Course 4.4 SE Aruba
Aruba Model Train Museum Museum 4.8 S Aruba

Cities and Towns

Dos Playa guests looking for other interesting places to see might want to think about going to Oranjestad, since it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Aruba.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors hoping to find a place to stay near Dos Playa won't have a tough time, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to pick from in the surrounding area. Find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over those listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Dos Playa
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cunucu Arubiano 3.3 WNW Lodge
Club Arias 4.2 SSW B & B
Talk Of The Town Hotel And Beach Club 7.4 W Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. Avallone's Ristorante is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of Italian food. They're also renowned for their pasta.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Dos Playa
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Avallone's Ristorante -- Italian Informal -- --
Jumbo Bar-Restaurant (297) 585-8075 -- -- -- --
MC Dushi Bagels (297) 587-2166 -- -- -- --
New Lido Restaurant (297) 584-6165 -- -- -- --
Peking Restaurant (297) 584-1299 Asian -- -- --
Sensei Sushi Bar (297) 585-0508 Japanese -- -- --
Subway Santa Cruz (297) 585-1277 American Very Casual -- --
Taco Bell Santa Cruz (297) 585-5828 Mexican Very Casual -- --
The New Shahai Take Away (297) 585-0546 International, Latin American Very Casual -- --
Urataka Center Best Pizza (297) 585-5212 Caribbean, Italian Very Casual -- --
Subway Cura Cabai (297) 584-4388 American Very Casual -- --
G&G Pizza (297) 592-0250 Italian Very Casual 4.2 mi. SSW

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Aruba, so if Dos Playa doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Mangel Halto, situated a quick car or cab ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might like Conchi (Natural Pool). It's located a mile and a half to the north-northwest.

You might also want to visit Santo Largo, which is located four and a half miles away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Dos Playa is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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