Because every day is a beach day in Aruba, the island’s beach bar and beach restaurant scene is second to none. Here are some flip-flop worthy spots for memorable vacation moments!
Madero Beach Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
Featuring elevated beach food, here you can munch on fresh mahi mahi or spicy shrimp tacos with a fresh mango-pineapple salsa, a light and healthy hummus crudité, a spicy tuna wrap with wasabi cream cheese, tuna and shrimp poke bowls, and a variety of classic burgers, sandwiches, salads, and wraps.
Waves at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Beachfront views and stellar beach cuisine make for a perfect afternoon at this Marriott beach bar and restaurant. Fuel your beach-vacation lifestyle with enticing options like coconut shrimp lettuce wraps, tuna tataki salad, lobster roll on brioche, Baja fish wrap, and other beach bar staples, as well as a menu of tropical libations.
Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant
This beach bar, located between the Marriott and Holiday Inn hotels, is popular with locals and visitors. Live bands and deejays are featured here several nights a week. Next to the bar is the open-air restaurant, open for breakfast with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, and lunch and dinner menus that feature fresh catches of the day, burgers, steaks, pasta, and more.
Enjoy stellar beach views perched atop this second-floor bar and restaurant with a Dutch-Aruban influence. Explore typical Dutch snacks like bitterballen and frickandel, as well as beach-food regulars like burgers, salads, and wraps. Their signature fresh, whole snapper platter is a favorite.
Located adjacent to the local fishermen’s pier it is named after, fresh seafood is the star here, as well as hand-crafted pizzas and pasta. Dine in the open-air restaurant or right on the beach to torchlight. Also open for breakfast with favorites like eggs, pancakes, and Belgium waffles, while lunch offers casual fare like soups, salads, sandwiches, and a few main courses. There is also a vegan menu.
The Pelican Nest Seafood Grill & Pelican Pier Bar
Located on Pelican Pier, the restaurant offers upscale casual dining and a chic beachy vibe to enjoy elevated beach noshes like authentic ceviche, coconut shrimp, and almond-crusted grouper fingers, as well as main courses featuring fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta. Lighter bites include burgers, tuna tataki, soups, salads, and more. The bar offers a lively atmosphere and specialty cocktails.
Palms at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
Located beachfront at Hyatt with outdoor terrace seating as well as air-conditioned indoor seating, the restaurant focuses on fresh, authentic island cuisine and beautifully prepared drinks—including four innovative aloe lemonade drinks made with locally sourced aloe. The Baja tacos, Peruvian ceviche, and the lobster rolls are just a few of the standouts here.
Scott’s Brats at Playa Linda Beach Resort
For a quick, inexpensive, grab-and-go breakfast or lunch, this is the spot! For breakfast, enjoy tasty breakfast sandwiches, and for lunch dive into a grilled brat, sausage, or Italian beef sandwiches. Wash it all down with one of their famous bloody Mary’s.
Gilligan’s Seafood Shack at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
Feast seaside on island-inspired cuisine, with Caribbean and Aruban delights like “Johnny’s Catch,” a whole fried catch of the day with creole sauce, or Johnnycakes with pork belly and yuca fries. Gourmet hand-helds like fish and shrimp tacos, Hebrew National hotdogs, and Angus beef and plant-based burgers taste great with an ice-cold local Chill Beer.
Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill
The beach party starts here! Located on the end of Palm Pier, by day it’s the perfect spot for a beer or cocktail and lunch with an impossibly perfect sea view. By night, live music and entertainment has this pier rocking. The menu includes highlights like their grilled grouper sandwich, chicken sate, loin ribs in homemade chili sauce, and a unique sloppy Joe with nachos, among other traditional beach fare.
Pure Beach at Divi Phoenix Beach Resort
Nachos, burgers, and wraps, oh my! Beachside noshes and island cocktails headline at this beach bar and restaurant. Several hearty main courses are also on the menu, including shrimp scampi, top sirloin, and pan-fried snapper in creole sauce. Daily happy hours are often accompanied by live music.
Arashi Beach Shack
One of Aruba’s most popular local beaches is Arashi. The Arashi Beach Shack mixes in bar-food traditions with some favorite local snacks like pastechis, croquets, fried plantains, fresh fries with peanut sauce, and funchi fries.
Passions at Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
How about breakfast on the beach? By day, this beach bar serves breakfast and lunch. During breakfast, start the day of with a healthy smoothie like the mango delight or the peanut butter banana smoothie, or enjoy a classic all-American style breakfast, croissants, omelets, breakfast tacos, and more. Lunchtime ushers in a variety or sandwiches, salads, and wraps, fish tacos, and several vegan dishes.
Water’s Edge at Costa Linda
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, start your day on the beach here with a morning menu that covers all the breakfast favorites. Lunch options include several fresh angus burgers, sandwiches, salads, and wraps, as well as fresh ceviche and a taco station. The dinner menu offers fine-dining cuisine in a casual ambiance, with an emphasis on seafood and prime steaks.
Ricardo’s at Aruba Beach Club
Start your day off right on the beach with a variety of bagels, English muffin sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, and more. At lunch, choose from a variety of soups, salads, wraps, and burgers. Dine to a little torchlight and a soundtrack of rolling waves in the evening, while choosing from seafood, steaks, and a wide-variety of Italian specialties.
Matthews Beachside Restaurant at Casa del Mar
No matter the time of day, this beach bar and restaurant is ready to meet any beach moment! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with casual beach food, as well as their popular all-you-can-eat rib night on Tuesdays, and a tapas + wine experience every Friday evening.
Elements at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
This upscale and chic beach restaurant serves globally-inspired fare highlighting natural, organic ingredientsthat are well-balanced for healthier living. From sustainable seafood to natural meats and locally grown produce, the menu is sourced with care and includes dishes to also impress vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free guests. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Coco Loco Beach Bar & Restaurant
Kick off those flip-flops and relax with a tropical cocktail right on one of the world’s best beaches! Live music is featured here several evenings a week.
The West Deck Island Grill & Bar
Located at Governor’s Bay beach and serving lunch and dinner, the menu here features Caribbean-inspired cuisine, including fresh ceviche, jerk chicken wings, West Indian samosas, Aruban keshi yena, and fresh catches, as well as glazed sticky ribs, surf-and-turf, and more.
Pincho’s Grill & Bar
Located on the end of a pier at Surfside Beach, this casually-elegant bar and grill is an ideal spot to catch one of those famous Aruban sunsets. The restaurant features “pinchos” (skewered meats) as their signature dish. There’s also plenty of seafood to savor, including classic lobster bisque, grilled garlic shrimp, and other fresh catches.
Reflexions Beach Club
From ceviche and bang-bang shrimp to a variety of pastas, paninis, and fresh catches, the menu here is quite extensive with something for everyone. Visitors can make a day of it here at Surfside Beach, as the beach club rents out chairs, umbrellas, and there is an adjacent children’s playground as well.
Surfside Beach Bar
Nosh on beach bites like coconut shrimp, a charcutterie platter, and shrimp tacos, or explore their menu of hand-tossed pizzas. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also for rent for those that want to make a day of their time at Surfside Beach.
Incredible and expansive views of Baby Beach set the tone for a memorable day in paradise at this bar and grill. In addition to floor-to-ceiling windows, there is a terrace with an infinity pool for guests to soak up the beach vibes while sipping one of their famous pina coladas made with real coconut milk. The menu includes burgers, wraps, and the popular grouper sandwich and chicken sate.
Big Mama Bar & Grill
Explore authentic local cuisine in a magnificent beach setting. Sample goat or oxtail stew, Caribbean lobster tail, fresh catches of the day, and more, as well as burgers, sandwiches, and salads.