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Beach Sunset with a Fofoti Tree, Aruba

Aruba’s New Glow

Article by Paul Rubio 08.12.2016 Photographed by Rich Kane, George Oze, and Matthew Dutile

When Aruba hit the tourist map in the 1980s, its downy beaches were dotted with a large helping of high-rise resorts and glitzy casinos. But glamour? Not so much. Things have changed, as Aruba now boasts a wealth of world-class restaurants and snazzy lounges. 

West Deck

Chow down on fried funchi (polenta) with Dutch cheese, Balashi-battered coconut shrimp, and keeshi yena (shredded chicken, prunes, peppers and cashews wrapped in Gouda cheese and topped with a tomato sauce) at this charming Oranjestad beach shack.

L.G. Smith Boulevard;

El Gaucho Argentine Grill

If it’s turf-inspired cuisine you’re looking for, venture into Oranjestad for carnes a la parilla (grilled meats), which have satisfied carnivores for over 35 years.

Wilhelminastraat 80;

Windows on Aruba

Binge on brunch and bottomless mimosas at Windows on Aruba, a waterfront eatery atop the Divi Village Golf clubhouse. Its five-page menu (tuna with mango, seafood in puff pastry) is an elegant alternative to a buffet.

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 93;

Bowl of lion fish ceviche in Aruba


This seafood restaurant’s courtyard projects a fairy-tale ambience, with tiny lights braided into towering trees. Enjoy exceptional bouillabaisse, swimming with locally sourced spices and Madame Jeanette hot peppers, or the West Indies shrimp, simmered in a coconut curry broth and served alongside okra from the family farm.

Washington 61, Noord;


Watch your meal come off the boat — and then wash it down with a Balashi beer — at this no-frills outdoor fisherman’s bar in the town of Savaneta, complete with a dock that stretches over the water.

Savaneta 270;

Zeerovers outdoor fisherman's bar in Aruba

Plan Your Stay in Aruba

  • Aruba

    Location Palm Beach, Aruba

    Experience Crystal blue Caribbean waters and the powdery sand of Palm Beach.

    • Rejuvenating island-inspired spa treatments
    • Roll the dice at a world-class casino
    • Accommodations feature a private balcony