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.

Positioned on the island of Aruba, 0.9 miles northwest of Tierra Del Sol, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Arashi Beach stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Aruba may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Arashi Beach, but are usually more cramped because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, umbrellas will be available for use to visitors seeking a relaxing spot in the shade. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


Positioned on Aruba's North West coast; it will be near other attractions like California Lighthouse, which is a quarter mile to the north-northeast.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The attractions closest 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 visitors looking for additional places to explore might think about checking out Palm Beach, since it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Aruba.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby.

You shouldn't anticipate finding any of Aruba's popular resorts and hotels near this beach, but if you're hoping to evade throngs of travelers, the lack of places to stay will surely be a pleasant sight.


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you try a local restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant. The restaurant features Italian cuisine. They are also famous for their seafood and steak. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

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

Needless to say, Arashi Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng in Aruba.

You might also enjoy Hadicurari Beach, situated just 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. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Boca Catalina could provide more action, and is closer to other popular destinations. You'll find it a half mile to the south-southeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit Malmok Beach, which is located three quarters of a mile to the south.

There's plenty to see and do in Aruba, so visiting Arashi Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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