Arashi Beach

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Arashi Beach is a favorite spot among snorkelers and windsurfers, though a very pleasant experience can be had on shore as well. Tropical huts dot the beach for shade, and just off the beach, fascinating wildlife can be admired. Located at the edge of a residential area, this is a relatively quiet, peaceful spot particularly since motorized water sports are not allowed, though don't expect much in the way of facilities.

Situated on the island of Aruba, 0.9 miles northwest of Tierra Del Sol, You might want regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Arashi Beach is one of those beaches that never gets too crowded, even though it's central to many of the area's urban amenities.

How to Access The Beach
Arashi Beach is located north of Malmok Beach at the northwestern tip of Aruba and is easily accessible by car or taxi, with parking readily available. A 10-15 minute walk from the northernmost Malmok bus stop is also an option. The historic California Lighthouse is nearby.

Amenities and Ambiance

The calm, clear turquoise waters here make for phenomenal snorkeling, where schools of exotic, tropical fish and elkhorn coral can be found. For more serious divers, there is the opportunity to go down and see the Antilla Shipwreck, where the remains of a German cargo ship from WWII sit on the ocean floor. On shore, the sand is white and soft, though there are shells and pebbles in places. Sunbathers will also find this an ideal spot, where windsurfers can be watched, and kids will be able to enjoy the shallow wading area.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Luckily, beach umbrellas can be used by guests seeking some respite from the sun. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


Arashi Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North West coast of Aruba. It is near California Lighthouse, which is seen a quarter mile away, and it is among the attractions close-by.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Arashi Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
California Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.3 mi. NNE Aruba
Tierra Del Sol Golf Course Golf Course 0.9 mi. ESE Aruba

Cities and Towns

Arashi Beach is in the Palm Beach area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Those visiting Arashi Beach who are hoping to find further attractions might want to consider heading to Palm Beach, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are.

You shouldn't anticipate finding any of Aruba's popular hotels near this beach, though if you're looking to avoid throngs of vacationers, the lack of accommodation possibilities will be welcomed.


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you dine at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of Italian cuisine. Visitors often rave about their seafood and steak. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Arashi Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant (297) 586-0786 Italian Informal 0.2 mi. N
The Restaurant at Tierra del Sol (297) 586-7800 Caribbean, International Informal 0.8 mi. ESE
Simply Fish (297) 520-6535 Aruban Fine Dining 2.1 mi. S
La Vista (297) 520-6601 Italian Very Casual 2.1 mi. SSE
Ketsu Sushi Bar 297 5 206580 Japanese Informal 2.1 mi. SSE
Lobby Cafe 297 5 206580 Eclectic Informal 2.1 mi. SSE
Waves Bar & Grill (297) 520-6344 American Very Casual 2.1 mi. S
Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant (297) 520-6985 American Very Casual 2.2 mi. SSE
Pavilion Grill (297) 586-9000 International Informal 2.3 mi. SSE
Hadicurari Restaurant (297) 586-2288 Aruban, Caribbean, International Informal 2.3 mi. S
Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant (297) 586-5365 American, Caribbean, International Very Casual 2.3 mi. S
Captain's Galley (297) 586-9000 American Informal 2.3 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Aruba has many beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Hadicurari Beach, found within a mile or so. Hadicurari is the windsurfing capital of Aruba and water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the annual Hi-Winds World Challenge and other exciting windsurfing opportunities. The area has beautiful beaches and an exciting atmosphere that appeals to active travelers. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Boca Catalina may be just what you're looking for. It's located a half mile to the south-southeast.

You might also want to visit Malmok Beach, located three quarters of a mile away.

Perhaps Arashi Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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