Surfside Beach

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This is a popular spot for boaters, and with the airport nearby, you'll definitely see some planes coming in and out. Though it's not as quiet as some other beaches in Aruba, the interesting beach vibe and nearby nightclub always makes for good people-watching and a fun time.

Situated a quarter mile southeast of downtown Oranjestad, Surfside Beach is on the West coast of Aruba. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. You may notice that beaches throughout Aruba tend to be pretty quiet, but Surfside Beach stands out as a pleasant exception to this rule.

How to Access The Beach
Located on the southern side of Aruba's capital, Oranjestad, Surfside can be accessed by car, taxi, or public transportation. It is across the street from the Caribbean Town Hotel and might not be easily recognized from the road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Also referred to as Strènd or Klip depending on which strip you're on, Surfside Beach runs along the calm, pleasant waters of Paardenbaai Bay on Aruba's west coast. Palm trees can help you avoid too much sun, and there is plenty of sand for dipping your toes into. Neptali Park is right next to the beach.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch.

Whether you're eating lunch or just a snack at, you'll appreciate the available picnic tables.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Surfside Beach because there are public restrooms. Shower facilities are available here, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. Additionally, lounge chairs are available for use at this spot. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Remember to take into account that Surfside Beach is in an area which is a popular spot, which means you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on Aruba's West coast; the area hosts attractions such as Casa di Cultura, which is a few hundred yards to the northeast.

If you're interested in mixing culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Aruba Numismatic Museum, a lovely museum found just a walk or cab ride away, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Surfside Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casa di Cultura Dinner Show and Theater 0.2 mi. NE Aruba
Trinidad Stadium Sporting Event Venue 0.5 mi. NE Aruba
Aruba Numismatic Museum Museum 0.8 mi. NNW Aruba
Fort Zoutman Historical Site 0.8 mi. NW Aruba
Museo Historico Arubano Museum 0.8 mi. NW Aruba
Seaport Casino Casino 0.8 mi. NW Aruba
Crystal Casino Casino 1.0 mi. NW Aruba
National Archaeological Museum Aruba Museum 1.1 mi. NW Aruba
Alhambra Casino Casino 1.4 mi. NNW Aruba
Parkietenbos Paintball Field Paint Ball Excursion Operator 2.3 mi. SE Aruba
Aruba Aloe Balm Museum Museum 2.3 mi. N Aruba
Art Studio Insight Art Gallery 2.7 mi. NE Aruba

Cities and Towns

Surfside Beach is very close to Oranjestad, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Surfside Beach tourists hoping to find further attractions will want to think about heading to Oranjestad, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Aruba.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Though there aren't many places to stay within a several miles, the nearest ones have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Surfside Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Talk Of The Town Hotel And Beach Club 0.2 mi. NE Hotel
Surfside Beach Marina Hotel 0.2 mi. N Hotel
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino 0.7 mi. NW Resort
Wonders Aruba 1.5 mi. NNW Hotel
Aruba Harmony Apartments 1.7 mi. N Hotel

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Barefoot Restaurant. This restaurant offers both Aruban and International cuisines. They are also known for their seafood.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Surfside Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Barefoot Restaurant (297) 588-9824 Aruban, International Informal 0.1 mi. N
Moonlight Grill (297) 582-3380 -- -- 0.2 mi. NE
Pinchos Grill & Bar (297) 583-2666 Eclectic, International Informal 0.2 mi. NNW
The West Deck (297) 587-2667 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. NW
Cooks Restaurant (297) 588-4296 American, Aruban, International Informal 0.7 mi. N
El Gaucho Argentine Grill (297) 582-3677 Argentenian Informal 0.7 mi. N
BLUE (297) 583-6000 International Informal 0.7 mi. NW
Café de Plaza (297) 583-8826 Eclectic Informal 0.7 mi. NW
CILO (297) 588-7996 International Informal 0.7 mi. NW
Papagayo Bar & Grill (297) 583-6000 International Very Casual 0.7 mi. NW
Solé (297) 583-6000 International Very Casual 0.7 mi. NW
Universal Seafood Restaurant (297) 582-3111 Chinese Informal 0.7 mi. N

Other Beaches

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

You might also want to visit North Renaissance Beach, located a quarter mile to the south west.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Aruba; then again, a trip to Surfside Beach could end up a family favorite.

 

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