Gold Coast is conveniently located just past the hotel areas and near beaches, golf, etc. Boca Catalina and Arashi Beaches are located down the road from Gold Coast Residence Aruba.
The high-rise hotel district and the Palm Beach area are about a 7 minute drive. Eagle beach and the low-rise hotel district are about a 10 minute drive 9km (about 5.7 miles) from Eagle Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
To get to Gold Coast. From the airport take the third exit in the traffic circle (as if you made a left turn when you left the airport). Follow that road (L.G. Smith Blvd) past town until you see "Marriott Surf Club" on your left. Take the first exit (right turn) at the roundabout to the end of the road and take a left turn. At the end of the road take another left turn. Gold Coast will be on your left just over one mile down the road.
To get to the Aruba Villa Rentals office, from the airport take the third exit in the traffic circle (as if you made a left turn when you left the airport. Follow that road (L.G. Smith Blvd) all the way until you see the Aruba Marriott Hotel on your left. Turn right at the traffic circle and our office is immediately on your right.
Palm Beach – is famous for calm waters and is directly in front of the luxurious high-rise hotel stretch of the island. There is a public board walk which you can stroll the entire length of this beach on the seaside (with plenty of shaded areas) and discover many watersports companies, pier style restaurants and compare hotels decor, pools and landscaping. At night the Palm Beach area comes to life as buzzing clubs and casinos in Aruba offer an upbeat nightlife. Two of the largest shopping malls in Aruba cater to the needs of those on a shopping spree and also offer cinema theaters, water fountain shows bowling and spa facilities.
Eagle Beach: At Eagle Beach we suggest you park past the hotels for the quietest sections. There is normally no problem parking. A walk along the coast at dawn or sunset is perfect for exercise and quiet reflection during your Caribbean vacation. Taking in the magnificent tangerine sunset or enjoying candle-lit, barefoot dining on the beach in Aruba can be the perfect finale to a lazy or exciting day of sun and sea.
Houses of Worship - Aruba offers many different religions and all of the churches and Chapels are open to the public. Most Arubans are Catholic; however, there are many other religions harmoniously coexisting here. Although many services are in the local language of Papiamento. We offer Catholic, Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Baptist, Evangelical, and Jehovah's Witness churches, as well as synagogues and Baha'i Faith house of worship, and small mosques. Tourists are welcome at all churches. One church which is located very close to the high-rise hotels is the St. Anna Church (Catholic), Sunday 11:00 am (English). Methodist (English) Wesley Church located downtown Oranjestad, Sunday 11:00 am
Watersports: There are many, many watersports operators along Eagle and Palm Beaches and many will even pick you up. Ask your AVR concierge for suggestions. The same hold with island tours, jeep tours, and many other activities.
All beaches in Aruba are open to the public. They consist of white sand beaches and calm waters, each with its own flavor to suit your taste and activities.
Arashi Beach – is located just south of the California light house near the western tip of Aruba and is known for its excellent snorkeling. This very natural and unspoiled horseshoe bay style beach is a local favorite because there are no hotels or other apartment on this beach.
Many of the pirate boats and catamaran sailboats bring their guest to snorkel at this location and has become very popular.
World famous Eagle Beach – is a well visited public beach for tourist and locals complete with shaded picnic areas and plenty of parking directly off the main hotel road which passes between the sea and the low-rise hotel area. The surf here gives more gentle wave action then you would find at the Palm Beach or Arashi beaches.
Baby Beach – Is located in the area known as Sero Colorado at the southeastern end of the island. It got it’s name because the calm and shallow waters make it ideal for children and/or inexperienced swimmers.
Rogers Beach features slightly rough surf and is located next to the Baby Beach. This beach is a bit smaller and has fewer visitors, and has a fabulous view of our refinery in San Nicholaas.
Aruba offers a plethora of activities for families. You will never run out of things to do with your family! A sample of some of the many different activities include all types of water sports, sailing, snorkeling, glass bottom boat, submarine, beaches, swimming pools, water park, biking, bowling, movie theaters, game, donkey sanctuary, animal farm, ostrich farm, and butterfly farm.
Sightseeing tours of historical attractions such as Alto Vista Chapel and Quadirikiri Caves and Bushiribana Gold Smelters Ruins. You can explore Aruba with Off Road 4x4 Jeeps or Quad ATV tours for hands on fun and also popular way to see the highlights of island.
If you like a little culture, we have museums and Aruba Aloe Factory with complementary tours of the aloe vera industry. There is even a trolley which tours the downtown district.
Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a wetland rich with a variey of bird species. Herons, egrets, cormorants, ducks and fish eagles just to name a few. Can easily access this unique habitat by vehicle or on foot. There's a small dirt road across from The Mill Resort leading to the main entrance and observation tower. And the best part: all this gorgeous plumage is free and available twenty-four-seven!
Hooiberg means “Haystack”in Dutch, you might like to climb up the 562 steps to the top not the higest peak in Aruba but the most accessible. The Hooiberg is located in Santa Cruz and nice discovery for the adventure activist and it is free.
All forms of island tours, and guided tours, even tours by bike, and Segway.
Oranjestad is the capital city of Aruba. Located on the southern coast of the island, the downtown area with its colorful buildings was originally settled by the Dutch and offers visitors fun shopping and things to do such as:
Bon Bini Festival is held every Tuesday at Fort Zoutman, Oranjestad’s original fort and oldest building, the Bon Bini Festival (meaning ‘welcome’ in Papiamento, our local language) and welcomes tourists to Aruba with a fun dancing and cultural program. Vendors offer a wide variety of local crafts, food and drinks for purchase.
A nice way to enjoy the evening and get a sense of Aruban culture and traditions.
The National Archeological Museum is located in a renovated classic architecture house. With local artifacts dating from 2500 BC the museum carefully preserved in the museum’s collections gives visitors a glimpse into the islands past even before European settlers arrived a few hundred years ago. The museum also contains an exhibition of contemporary island artists.
Renaissance Mall is a great place for shopping just in the middle of the downtown at the Renaissance Hotel with over 60 shops, and restaurants, search for great souvenir. Shops brands include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Cartier, and there’s the Wind Creek Crystal casino here too.
Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Oranjestad which has been rejuvenated. The local tour guide has historical details and good stories about the island. Visit monuments, museums, and sample local food. If you rather not walk, there are also free trolleys to shuttle you along the main street that makes several stops along the way. The trolley runs from 10am to 5pm every 25 minutes. Plenty of time for shopping and eating. Read more at: https://www.johnnyjet.com/5-things-to-do-in-oranjestad-aruba/
Aruba Water Splash Park and Surfside Beach features floating tracks and obstacles for jumping, balancing, scrambling, diving into the ocean. This activity also includes time for relaxing on a floating raft, plus snacks and bottled water. Transportation can be provided.
Aruba has several different options for golfers both 9 holes and 18 hole choices. Many offer afternoon specials if you are a more casual player you might get in 9 holes and save a bit if playing later in the day.
Near the California Light House at the northern tip of the island, you’ll find Tierra Del Sol Resort & Golf, with quality a an 18-hole PGA-approved course designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones II. Tierra Del Sol has fantastic panoramic ocean views and spectacular desert scenery at every hole. It has been rated by Golf Digest “Place to Play” rating 4.5 stars.
The Links at Divi Aruba is a lush, nine-hole course located near the low-rise Hotel area and Eagle Beach at the at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. Designed by Litten & Viola, The Links offers beautifully landscaped fairways surrounded by indigenous vegetation for a truly special golf setting. It is open to the public and often gives specials or coupons daily.
Many of the hotels have tennis courts they only offer for use by their guests however we have an excellent public tennis club at the Aruba Racquet Club which is a private, year-round destination for Members and Guests of all ages – steeped with great amenities. They offer Day Passes and weekly packages as well as lessons. Come together with your family and friends and meet with new people.
DOWNTOWN, ROYAL PLAZA MALL
This mall has a charming colonial style, cotton-candy-colored building and is located across from the cruise ship terminal. It has attractive collection of shops that offers a little bit of everything, Boutique, Cigar Shops, Clothing Stores, Gift Stores, Jewelry Store and so much more. It’s situated in the middle of Downtown, Oranjestad, surrounded by the bus station, flea markets, museums, and the main street is within walking distance. It is open from 9.30 am-6pm.
Cosecha means ‘harvest’ in Papiamento. Art Lovers gather in this gallery boutique to buy the finest local art and craft which is located in the heart of Oranjestad. Here you will find locally made sculpture, pottery, glass and ceramic art, paintings, handcrafted jewelry; driftwood decorations and fashion collect as a perfect gift for a loved one.
PALM BEACH, PALM BEACH PLAZA
Palm Beach Plaza is one of the most amusing shopping centers, located on the busiest end of the high-rise strip. The sunny courtyard has water features, fountain, and an open-aired Amphitheatre for the staging of local performances. You will be having an outstanding shopping and dining experience, there is a cinema, laser tag, Aruba Fun City. Don’t forget to have a Belgian beer, local lunch at The Queens and keep on shopping.
PALM BEACH, PASEO HERENCIA MALL
A dear visitor, this mall is more than a spectacular shopping mall in Palm Beach. Paseo Herencia is where the whole island comes together to shop, have a drink, dine, and watch the newest movies or a stunning show and to celebrate Aruba’s history and culture. Visit the wall of fame around the Plaza Padu and meet the local stars and talents.
OTHER NOTABLE SHOPPING CENTERS
Alhambra Shopping Bazaar, The Atrium Mall, Bubali Shopping Center, Port Of Call Marketplace, Seaport Marketplace, Strada Complex, Sun Plaza Mall, Centro Commercial in Noord and the San Nicolas Shopping District. We will add more about these as time permits.
THE BUCCANEER, SEAFOOD/INTERNATIONAL
Lobster Bisque, Shrimp Pernod, Catch of the Day, Norwegian Salmon, Seafood Thermidor, Swordfish Meuniere, Twin Tenderloin, NY Sirloin Steak, Paella Arubiana, Frogs Legs. Contemplating a charming culinary cavern featuring a 5000 gallon saltwater aquarium is an island tradition for over 20 years. Creative dishes prepared with a European touch by the chef-owner.
Clubs and Night Life
Gustos Night Club Aruba – Super fun bar with DJ and gets packed after 11:00pm, even on weekdays, but I recommend arriving a little earlier because happy hour (all drinks 1/2 off) ends at 11. Great music and atmosphere. They have the best bartenders on the island. Just across from the Hilton Hotel.
Sopranos Piano Bar - This trendy piano bar is nestled amongst the high-rise hotels, right in the center of the Palm Beach scene. Live entertainment and multi-talented piano players entertain you and you can even sing along. Casual dress and fun drink selections.
BLUE Bar in the lobby of the Renaissance Marina Hotel, is in the downtown is modern pool-side location is a nice way to cool down and heat up on the dance floor. Every night from Thursday to Sunday they have a live DJ with upbeat house music and lots of energy.
Rock 'n' Rock located along the main boulevard welcomes all fans and local bands to rock live events of great variety of music from local, american and European. Craft beers at local prices. For the first time visitors they have a special tradition, you can mark your name anywhere on the wall and see your picture of it back on their Facebook page. A fun place to hang out, listen to some good music and meet some new people who also like rock music.
The casinos are located in almost every hotel and are open to the public and offer give free parking for their casino guests. Here are some recommendations you might like to visit.
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba offers great service and exhilarating atmosphere. Located inside the luxury beachfront resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba features 17 traditional table games, slot machines and live entertainment, and is the only Baccarat table in Aruba.
The Stellaris Casino located at the Aruba Marriott Resort is Aruba's largest casino and one of the few that are open 24 hours. Join the gaming fun with vegas style action and entertainment.
The CopaCabana Casino at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort has plenty of hands-on action for blackjack, craps, Caribbean stud players and live entertainment to keep the energy flowing.
The Alhambra Casino is located near the Eagle Beach and low-rise hotel area is which includes the Alhambra Shopping Bazaar with restaurants and shops. This busy casino has over 300 state-of-the-art slot machines and daily specials like Free Table Games Lessons.
The Casino at Hilton is known to have Aruba's hottest Poker Room Action along with special events and other unique promotions like Ladies Night, Bingo and Free Play Fever Raffles.
The Wind Creek Crystal Casino (downtown) is open around the clock for non-stop excitement. Situated downtown at Renaissance Aruba, Wind Creek Crystal Casino offers 24-hour gaming in an elegant, yet laid back atmosphere, with live entertainment from 11pm – 3am daily (except Mondays).