Nothing says vacation quite like a sunny beach, an island breeze and an ice cold drink in hand. The island nation of Aruba is well known for its highly rated beautiful blonde beaches and rich Caribbean culture, making it the ideal backdrop to enjoy some tasty island bites and flavorful frozen cocktails. Read on for some of the best beach side bars in Aruba!
Feel like you’re floating above the Caribbean Sea at the popular Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill. The bar is shaped like the hull of a boat, and seating extends onto the dock providing awe-inspiring views of the ocean. The atmosphere here is bright and welcoming, its vibrant bar and beachy decor reminding you that you’re in fact vacationing on the self-proclaimed “happy island’.
Bugaloe is an all day affair: come in the morning and enjoy a Caribbean Breakfast starting at 7:30 A.M., or join in for lunch and enjoy one of their many wraps, burgers, or simple bar bites like the Camarones Picantes to accompany your refreshing passion fruit mojito. The bar menu contains beachside classics such as Bahama Mamas, Piña Coladas and frozen daiquiris. Bugaloe even serves the world-famous Aruba Ariba, first created at the nearby Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino back in 1963!
The bar has daily specials and events, including live music every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. If you feel like dancing, Bugaloe also hosts a free Salsa workshop on Wednesdays.
Carlito’s Sports Beach Bar
Carlito’s is truly a testament to the island vibes of Aruba. This bar sits right on Eagle Beach and offers an all-day happy hour. The funky decor welcomes newcomers from all over the world with various sports t-shirts and jerseys adorning its ceiling. This is a great bar to come and enjoy some drinks while you watch the big game you’re missing back home. Order a Mango Madness frozen cocktail and pair it with classic fish and chips for a cool-down snack done right. The service at Carlito’s is excellent, and will keep you smiling and carefree while you relax on the beach. Be sure to snap a photo with their life size “I love Aruba” sign on your way out!
South Beach Aruba
South Beach Aruba takes a few tips from Miami, creating a lively nightclub atmosphere. The bar is hard to miss, with its gleaming green-lit sign and upbeat music that can be heard from the beach. South Beach Aruba is also known for it’s excellent bartenders and interesting island flavored cocktails.
The bar is located on Palm Beach and features specials every night of the week. On Monday’s ladies can enjoy a complimentary Aruba Ariba after 10 PM, while on Friday’s the scene is lively and reserving a table is encouraged to enjoy the bar’s live DJ. In town for the weekend? Saturday’s are Latin Night, so grab a partner and dance the night away! South Beach Aruba is a true must-visit while vacationing on the island.
Pureocean Beachside Dining
Pureocean Beachside Dining lives up to its name, with seating directly in the sand among the ocean.This romantic spot features a great bar menu with 2-for-1 happy hour specials and delicious flavored margaritas, such as strawberry and cool mint. Enjoy an unforgettable dinner featuring Caribbean style fare like Maple Bourbon Glazed Short Ribs or Pasta Pescatore, packed with shrimp, scallops, mussels, mahi and calamari! Pureocean is the perfect setting to enjoy your cocktails and entrees while the sun sets before your eyes.
All of these bars and bites are just minutes away from Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, where you can walk right onto the beach and head to your next experience. Aruba offers no shortage of beachside dining for you to enjoy every day.