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.

Situated a quarter mile southeast of downtown Oranjestad, Surfside Beach is on the West edge of Aruba. You might want even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will like this beach because of its urban location. In fact, Surfside Beach is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and people who want an unlimited number of nearby restaurants and activities to choose from.

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.

Travelers can take advantage of the available picnic tables, so your food won't get sandy.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Shower facilities are available here, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. Additionally, you'll be able to enjoy the use of lounge chairs at this destination. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Even so, make sure you realize that while there are a few amenities and services on-site while at Surfside Beach, it is found inside a tourist hotspot. This means that if you think these amenities are an important factor, it'll be an appropriate cause to make it in the morning prior to when the other tourists come or perhaps try a beach elsewhere. Or you might not be able to fully use the amenities which Surfside Beach has to offer.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Aruba. Casa di Cultura is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a few favorite local destinations.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Aruba Numismatic Museum (situated just a short distance away) offer a fun learning experience and help share a different side of Aruba.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Surfside Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casa di Cultura Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 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
Wind Creek Seaport Casino Casino 0.8 mi. NW Aruba
Wind Creek 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
Arawa Waterpark Amusement/Theme Park 3.3 mi. NNE Aruba

Cities and Towns

Surfside Beach guests hoping to find other opportunities for exploration will want to think about making the trip to Oranjestad, because it's not far away and is an active, busy area.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

There is a fairly good range of resorts and hotels to choose from near Surfside Beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table that follows.

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
AguaClara Eco Suites 1.6 mi. E Hotel
Aruba Harmony Apartments 1.7 mi. N Hotel
Aruba Blue Village 2.9 mi. NNW Villa complex


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far away. Reflexions Beach Bar & Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. Reflexions Beach Bar & Restaurant is famous for their pasta and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Surfside Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Reflexions Beach Bar & Restaurant (297) 582-0153 Bar and grill Very Casual 0.1 mi. NNE
Barefoot Restaurant (297) 588-9824 Aruban, International Informal 0.1 mi. N
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
El Gaucho Argentine Grill (297) 582-3677 Argentenian Informal 0.7 mi. N
BLUE (297) 583-6000 American, International Informal 0.7 mi. NW
Café de Plaza (297) 583-8826 Eclectic Informal 0.7 mi. NW
Papagayo Bar & Grill (297) 583-6000 International, Italian 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
Bistro De Suikertuin (297) 582-6322 Dutch Informal 0.7 mi. N
Café The Plaza (297) 583-8826 Dutch, International Informal 0.8 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Surfside Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Aruba.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is North Renaissance Beach, which is located a quarter mile away.

Aruba has so much to offer, and Surfside Beach is just one of the many options.


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