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 might want even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that isn't lined with high-rise hotels; beaches less-traveled like Dos Playa make great places to spread out and relax.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Dos Playa brings guests an idyllic and relaxing retreat, due to the fact that the surrounding area is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Aruba. It is near Aruba International Raceway Park, which is an easy taxi ride away, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Aruba Model Train Museum, a lovely museum found just a brief cab ride away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 is near Oranjestad, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Dos Playa guests looking for other interesting places to see will want to think about heading to Oranjestad, which is nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Aruba.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors hoping to find a place to stay close to the beach are in luck, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from in the area. You'll find the closest, most convenient lodging options by perusing those shown below.

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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Avallone's Ristorante. This restaurant features Italian food. They're also renowned for their pasta.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

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

Needless to say, Dos Playa isn't the only beach worth visitng in Aruba.

Another location you might enjoy is Mangel Halto, located a brief car or taxi trip away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Conchi (Natural Pool) may be just what you're looking for. It's found a mile and a half to the north-northwest.

Another option worth considering is Santo Largo, located not a great distance away, which means a quick cab ride can take you where you want to go.

Aruba has so much to offer, and Dos Playa is just one of the many options.


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