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.

Located on the northwestern coast of the island of Aruba, 0.9 miles northwest of Tierra Del Sol, You might want even if you aren't staying nearby. Perhaps Arashi Beach is a favorite among travelers because it's a beach that is not terribly crowded, even though it's in a fairly popular area.

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.

Picnic tables are on-site——great for full-fledged lunches or afternoon snacks.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, beach umbrellas are available for guests looking for a relaxing spot in the shade. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North West coast of Aruba. It's located near California Lighthouse, which is found a quarter mile away, and it is one of the attractions in the region.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 guests looking for other opportunities for exploration will want to think about going to Palm Beach, which is close-by and is an area full of activity.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are.

You won't find any of Aruba's large hotels lining this beach, though if you're trying to dodge masses of travelers, the shortage of places to stay will surely be a welcomed sight.


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Italian food. They also specialize in seafood and steak. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

A few nearby dining 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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Aruba, so if Arashi Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also enjoy Hadicurari Beach, found only a short distance away. 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. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might like Boca Catalina. It's found a half mile to the south-southeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Malmok Beach, which is 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 you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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