Taking the beach dining experience to the next level, several toes-in-the-sand dining experiences take place on various beaches around the island. Dine under star-filled skies with cool tropical breezes while enjoying an elegant but casual fine-dining experience not to be missed during your time on the island.
Passions on the Beach
Located across from the charming Amsterdam Manor, Passions on the Beach showcases the pristine beauty of Eagle Beach. Early birds can catch one of the island’s enchanting sunsets while late-night diners can sup under the twinkling stars. Diners are invited to indulge in the freshest island flavors highlighted in dishes that feature the highest-quality meats and irresistible seafood. Passions on the Beach is the ideal place for any couple looking to celebrate love and romance, and it’s also a popular venue for wedding parties and other special events.
This “pop-up” restaurant is set up on Palm Beach every day in the late afternoon when the crowds disperse, giving it its name, which means “late afternoon” in the local language of Papiamento. Located just steps from the sea, Atardi specializes in fresh seafood, often caught in the nearby waters. The Macadamia Grouper is one of Atardi’s most popular dishes, along with lobster tail, sea bass, and more. Couples are invited to kick off their shoes and go toes-in-the-sand as they enjoy the refined yet relaxing experience perfectly curated by the Marriott team.
Romantic Beach Dining at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
With Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort heralded as the Caribbean’s most romantic hotel by TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise that it offers an intimate, romantic dining experience in the sands just beyond its widely acclaimed Elements restaurant. Attentive waiters provide solicitous service under a private cabana on the beach boasting a fabulous ocean view and a romantic sunset or moonlit ambiance. Bucuti’s powdery white beach, the swaying palms, and subtle candle lighting ensure that magic is in the air. The experience is rather exclusive, with only four cabanas available and only two seating’s per night. The special six-course dinner, including complimentary wine or champagne, is prepared by Elements’ renowned kitchen, and dietary restrictions are accommodated with a vegan/vegetarian menu as well as a gluten-free menu.
It’s all in the name. Located at Surfside Beach in Oranjestad, Barefoot invites diners to kick off their shoes and dine with their toes in the sand under the stars. An amazing gourmet menu features signature dishes as well as exciting weekly specials, perfectly paired with wines sourced from around the world. The swaying palms, the water lapping on the shore, and the caressing breezes synergize to create the perfect tropical ambiance to enjoy a romantic meal with that special someone.
Flying Fishbone is an island institution when it comes to beach dining. Located in the fishing village of Savaneta, the restaurant is known for its seafood dishes, although poultry, meat, and vegetarian offerings also grace the menu. The Savaneta Seafood History entree is a menu stronghold, in addition to creative catches of the day. An expansive wine selection and signature cocktails add a festive kick to the evening while decadent desserts serve as that perfect sweet ending.
Located at the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, pureocean offers toes-in-the-sand dining combined with cool island breezes and a gorgeous backdrop featuring Aruba’s magnificent sunsets. Start your meal with fresh mussels, followed by a juicy filet mignon, savory tomahawk pork chop, or mouthwatering crispy coconut curry grouper. Pair each course with a wine selection from an extensive list, enjoy a crisp and refreshing beer, or pop a bottle of bubbly and celebrate! Pureocean is also an ideal venue for wedding and anniversary celebrations.
Dinner on the Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba’s exclusive beach dining experience allows diners to bask in each other’s company as a personal butler takes care of everything. The Ritz-Carlton’s chefs create a memorable evening with a delectable menu that can be customized to diners’ desires. Featuring everything from romantic candlelight to the musician of one’s choice, dining on the beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is a one-of-a-kind and wonderful treat. The Ritz’s Dinner on the Beach is a unique experience and requires time and creativity. Reservations are requested 48 hours in advance.
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