There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Aruba. Plus I think everything tastes better when you’re on vacation! But I’m all about experiences (and photographing those experiences) so why not combine great food with spectacular views and ambiance? Here are my three favorite restaurants in Aruba, you won’t be disappointed if you try any of them.
La Tratorria Faro Blanco – north end of the island
Set on top of a small hill on the northern end of Aruba, this Italian restaurant is situated right next to the California Lighthouse (it was originally the home of the lighthouse keeper, how cool is that?). It also has stunning views over the scrubland to the coast and you can see the highrise hotel zone in the distance.
My husband and I discovered this gem on our first trip to Aruba and we’ve gone back on every trip since. We stopped in after an afternoon of beach hopping, looking for a cold drink in the shade. The plan was to cool down before heading back to the hotel and then out to dinner. We managed half of that plan – we did cool down but it was so comfortable sitting on the patio feeling the ocean breezes and watching the snorkeling ships in the distance that we decided to stay right where we were for dinner. And it was amazing. The food and the ambiance couldn’t be beat. Everyone oohed and aahed over the sunset, including us!
Flying Fishbones – about 20 minutes south of Oranjestad
You’ll need to make reservations for Flying Fishbones, especially if you want one of the few tables that are literally along the water’s edge. (Be warned though that if you take one of these tables some of the crabs that live in the rock wall might come check out your toes, it’s happened). This place doesn’t look like much from the outside, more like a converted house in a neighborhood, but once you walk out the back doors into the sand you’ll be in paradise. Palm trees dance overhead, children snorkel by (that might have been my favorite part), and everyone takes their shoes off to enjoy the sand. There are special stands to hold shoes and purses off the ground. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sun sink into the water (not literally, but you know what I mean). Then enjoy a fabulous meal. Make sure to go upstairs and look out over the restaurant before you go.
Barefoot Restaurant – just south of downtown Oranjestad
The motto of this restaurant is “elegant dining in flipflops”. Like Flying Fishbones you can sit with your feet in the sand along the water’s edge, though this stretch of beach is public and gets a fair amount of traffic. You can also watch the planes descend towards the airport. The food is great and it’s the perfect spot for that sunset on the beach selfie. Recommendations are strongly advised if you want to sit outside, and isn’t that the whole point?
Whether you’re a foodie, an Instagram addict, or a photographer sneaking in a few more shots while having dinner with the family, these places will fit the bill. Bon appetite!
Where to stay:
I usually stay at the Marriott Renaissance in Oranjestad. It’s not part of the hotel zone (which I prefer) and it’s right in the city shopping area of Oranjestad. And have you heard about their private island with flamingos?? (Check out my recent blog posts about them here) But you can find all kinds of different accommodations in Aruba. I love using Booking.com for most of my travels (link here)
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