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.

Positioned a quarter mile southeast of downtown Oranjestad, Surfside Beach is on the West coast of Aruba. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Travelers who'd like to avoid renting a car will probably like Surfside Beach. There are so many things to do in the area, as this beach is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

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.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

If you're thinking about eating lunch here, consider that their picnic tables make it even easier.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Surfside Beach. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. Also, you'll have access to lounge chairs at this destination. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to see the underwater world.

Don't forget that Surfside Beach's immediate surroundings are an urban area, meaning the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Surfside Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the West coast of Aruba; it will be near other attractions like Casa di Cultura, which is only a short distance away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

Historic attractions, including Fort Zoutman, offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Surfside Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Aruba, without having to venture too far from the coast. In fact, this shore is fairly close to this site of historical significance.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of 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 very close to Oranjestad, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Surfside Beach tourists looking for a little additional excitement might think about going to Oranjestad, since it's not far away and is an especially active area of Aruba.

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Surfside Beach will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Though there aren't many places to stay within a several miles, the ones found closest to the shore are shown 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

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Surfside Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Barefoot Restaurant. The restaurant serves both Aruban and International cuisines. They are also known for their seafood.

The following table provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them in Aruba will have lots of options besides Surfside Beach.

You may also want to consider North Renaissance Beach, located within a short distance.

You may find that Surfside Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Aruba you might like.

 

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