Surfside Beach

Photo credit: © Matt Frankish
 

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.

Located on the outskirts of Oranjestad, a quarter mile southeast of downtown, Surfside Beach is on the West edge of Aruba. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Found in a thriving district, Surfside Beach is a good choice for guests wanting to have access to various interesting activities and sites.

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.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, so you can save your picnic lunch from the sand.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Surfside Beach because there are public restrooms. Showers are provided for visitors, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. Also, visitors can take advantage of lounge chairs at this location. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to see the underwater world.

Still, make sure you realize that while there will be some amenities and services on location while at Surfside Beach, it happens to be found inside an area popular for visitors. This means that if you feel that these amenities affect whether you'll visit, it will be a good cause to make it in the morning prior to when the other tourists come or perhaps go to a different beach further away. If you wait around, you might risk all those comforts becoming too busy.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This pleasant stretch of sand known as Surfside Beach is on Aruba's West coast. It is near some interesting sites like Casa di Cultura, which is seen a few hundred yards to the northeast, and it is one of a number of attractions in the area.

If you want more information on the history of Aruba, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. One of the nearest historical attractions is Fort Zoutman, which is three quarters of a mile to the northwest.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Aruba. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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 near Oranjestad, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Tourists at Surfside Beach who are looking for additional places to explore might want to think about going to Oranjestad, because it's in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Aruba.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Though beach-goers will not find very many accommodations withing driving distance, those accommodation options closest to Surfside Beach can be seen in the following table.

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

One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest places to eat is Barefoot Restaurant. The restaurant offers both Aruban and International menu items. They are also famous for their seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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
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

Aruba has many beaches, and Surfside Beach is just one option.

Vacationers may also want to visit North Renaissance Beach, located within a short distance.

Maybe Surfside Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Aruba offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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