Boca Catalina

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Located in between Malmok and Arashi beaches, Boca Catalina is a popular spot for snorkelers, divers, and sunbathers. Thatched huts offer shady spots, and the calm, clear turquoise waters make it a good spot for kids to get in the water. From the shore, you can watch sailboats and windsurfers while you enjoy the seclusion and tranquility of this relatively uncrowded, while easily accessible, spot. But don't expect much in the way of facilities.

Situated on the northwestern side of the island of Aruba, 0.7 miles west of Tierra Del Sol, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Boca Catalina stands out because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Aruba may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Boca Catalina, but tend to be busier because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is just off L.G. Smith Blvd, the main road, and access is easy. A car or taxi will take you directly there, and public transportation is also an option as there is a bus stop very close.

Amenities and Ambiance

The water is clear and the currents are not very strong. Expect to swim out a couple hundred feet to reach deep enough waters for really good snorkeling. At the coral reefs off shore, expect to find many kinds of tropical fish, and even barracudas. If you're up for it, you can dive the Antilla Shipwreck, a sunken WWII cargo ship. On shore, the sand is clean, white, and powdery.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Be mindful that Boca Catalina's immediate surroundings are highly urbanized, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Aruba. It is close to Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Boca Catalina
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Tierra Del Sol Golf Course Golf Course 0.6 mi. E Aruba
California Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.7 mi. N Aruba

Cities and Towns

Boca Catalina is close to Palm Beach, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Boca Catalina visitors seeking a little additional excitement will want to consider going to Palm Beach, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Aruba.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists.

You shouldn't anticipate finding any of Aruba's large hotels alongside this beach, though if you're trying to evade hoards of tourists, the lack of accommodation possibilities will certainly be a welcomed sight.


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Boca Catalina; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant. This restaurant has Italian cuisine. Visitors often rave about their seafood and steak. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Boca Catalina
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant (297) 586-0786 Italian Informal 0.6 mi. N
The Restaurant at Tierra del Sol (297) 586-7800 Caribbean, International Informal 0.6 mi. E
Simply Fish (297) 520-6535 Aruban Fine Dining 1.7 mi. S
La Vista (297) 520-6601 Italian Very Casual 1.7 mi. S
Ketsu Sushi Bar 297 5 206580 Japanese Informal 1.7 mi. SSE
Lobby Cafe 297 5 206580 Eclectic Informal 1.7 mi. SSE
Waves Bar & Grill (297) 520-6344 American Very Casual 1.7 mi. S
Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant (297) 520-6985 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. SSE
Pavilion Grill (297) 586-9000 International Informal 1.8 mi. SSE
Hadicurari Restaurant (297) 586-2288 Aruban, Caribbean, International Informal 1.9 mi. S
Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant (297) 586-5365 American, Caribbean, International Very Casual 1.9 mi. S
Captain's Galley (297) 586-9000 American Informal 1.9 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them in Aruba will have lots of options besides Boca Catalina.

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, you might find that Arashi Beach is just right. It's found a half mile to the north-northwest.

Another location you may want to try is Malmok Beach, located a few hundred yards away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Aruba, so visiting Boca Catalina is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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