California White Sand Dunes

Named for the nearby off-shore ship wreck, California White Sand Dunes seem to appear as if from no where, rising out of the desert landscape of Aruba in such a way that has been making jaws drop for years. Vacationers who are up for a bit of a trek will enjoy exploring this natural attraction.

Large, rolling sand dunes along the coast of Aruba provide unparallelled desert-style scenery.


Situated on the island of Aruba, 1.3 miles northwest of Tierra Del Sol, California White Sand Dunes happily welcomes local residents and visitors who are rooming on this part of the island or close by. Whether or not you're staying very close, you should feel free to stop by to enjoy a great time. If you're curious, Palm Beach is to the south.

Set along the far removed northern tip of Aruba, these dunes must be accessed using an All-Terrain Vehicle.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable options while spending an afternoon exploring the area is having food at a restaurant within traveling distance of California White Sand Dunes. La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant, which dishes out Italian fare, is very close-by, making it a great option for visitors here. The restaurant is maybe about a quarter mile from California White Sand Dunes, so stop by and try something off the menu. The Restaurant at Tierra del Sol and Simply Fish are additional dining possibilities in close to this natural attraction. At Simply Fish you and your party should try a bit of Aruban food and enjoy the local foods and culture of Aruba.

Nearby Attractions

There are a couple other attractions nearby, including California Lighthouse, which is a quarter mile away near Palm Beach. Also, you might consider making the trip to 4D Theater, which is another attraction nearby.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

Attractions Near California White Sand Dunes
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
California Lighthouse Other Attraction 0.3 mi. (4.8 km) SSE 3.0 mi. North of Palm Beach
4D Theater Other Activities/Excursions 3.4 mi. (0.4 km) S Palm Beach
Caribbean Cinemas - Aruba Megaplex 8 Other Activities/Excursions 3.5 mi. (0.3 km) S Palm Beach
Signature Park -- 3.7 mi. (0.9 km) S The vicinity of Palm Beach
The Butterfly Farm Other Attraction 3.7 mi. (1.0 km) S The vicinity of Palm Beach
Bubali Bird Sanctuary -- 4.1 mi. (1.5 km) S The vicinity of Palm Beach
Noord Mountain Park -- -- -- Sabana Lider
Aruba Aloe Balm Museum Museum 5.4 mi. (2.8 km) S 1.8 mi. North-Northwest of Oranjestad

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Guests are not permitted to drive on the sand dunes, however they may be explored on foot.

Location: Aruba


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