Photo courtesy of Pelican Pier Aruba

A Guide to the Happiest Beach Bars in Aruba

How does gazing at a dreamy white sand beach and endless shades of Caribbean blues with a cold, refreshing cocktail in hand sound?

Not too shabby right? I would say life could be worse… much worse!

Well it only gets better – I’m going to share a little tid bit of important information about Aruba with you, here it comes… EVERY hour is HAPPY in Aruba!

Yes, you’ve read that right. Take that watch off, put that cell phone away… there is no need to check the time to see if it’s almost happy hour yet. Every hour is happy hour in Aruba!

(Photo courtesy of Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill)

The island is filled with bon (good) vibes, year round sunshine, smiles… and dushi (sweet/tasty) cocktails! So with that being said don’t feel obliged to wait until 5 o’clock to order that frozen cocktail of choice, worry not, there is no judgment in Aruba, only a happy time to be had from sun up till’ sundown!

As a professional beach bar bum myself (yes, that’s a thing) I felt compelled to share some of my favorite spots in Aruba for putting your feet up, feeling the warm sunshine on your face and sipping the day away.

First stop…

PELICAN NEST BAR & SEAFOOD GRILL

Summer Love

Drink to try: Summer Love

Location of watering hole: Pelican Pier, located between Holiday Inn Resort Aruba and Playa Linda Resort in Palm Beach.

What to expect: This is a hot spot in Palm Beach… expect action, a loud siren signaling the beginning of happy hour, fun music, friendly and entertaining bartenders, specialty jumbo cocktails (frozen and on the rocks), mouth watering seafood dishes and delicious appetizers to make your tummy smile… oh, and not to mention mesmerizing views of turquoise water surrounding your every turn! If you go to Pelican Pier once, you are sure to come back for more!

Fun tip: On most Sundays you can find a DJ or live band playing until after the sun goes down, trust me – you don’t want to miss it!

Pelican is awaiting you…

MOOMBA BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT

Drink to try: Aruba Ariba

Location of watering hole: On the beach nestled between Marriott Aruba Surf Club and Holiday Inn Resort Aruba in Palm Beach.

What to expect: Your trip to Aruba is not complete without a visit (or 5) to MooMba, one of the most popular spots on the island! MooMba provides the perfect balance of relaxation on the beach and entertainment at the bar. It’s a party any day of the week, MooMba is always bound to be a great time. So be sure to snap a pic holding their famous “I am MooMBa” sign, enjoy all of the interesting people you will meet sitting at the bar and make sure to catch the breathtaking sunset light up the sky!

(Photo courtesy of MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant)

Fun tip: Looking for some fun after the sun goes down? On Sundays stay until after the live band has ended, a DJ will take over and MooMba’s popular Sunday night beach party will take place. Both locals and tourists love their MooMba Sundays so it’s only right you join them!

(Photo courtesy of MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant)

BUGALOE BEACH BAR & GRILL

(Photo courtesy of Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill)

Drink to try: Caribbean Ocean Tea

Location of watering hole: De Palm Pier, located between Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Riu in Palm Beach.

What to expect: A fun, bright, colorful atmosphere. Picture perfect views of the crystal clear water of Palm Beach. Some of the most fun and energetic bartenders and staff members. Bugaloe is well known for putting on a good karaoke show and have quite some talented singers on their team (don’t worry, it’s fun, quality karaoke not the kind that has you covering your ears wondering when it’s over). Their food menu is quite extensive so you’re sure to find a delicious appetizer or lunch option. Those with children will be happy to hear it’s family friendly. When you’re in need of some fun or a quick bite to eat Bugaloe is a great choice!

(Photo courtesy of Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill)

Fun tip: Want to perfect your salsa? Every Wednesday they offer free salsa lessons during their Salsa Night!

TORTUGA BEACH BAR

Drink to try: Bucket of Amstel Bright

Location of watering hole: Boca Grandi Beach, a remote area on the Southeastern end of the island (ask for directions).

(Photo courtesy of Tortuga Beach Bar)

What to expect: A fun, simple yet unique and laid back atmosphere. The air is filled with “don’t worry be happy” vibes! Located on Boca Grandi Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Aruba and most popular among kite and wind surfers, it’s rather quiet and isolated making for the perfect place to just get away from it all and unwind! It is one of the newest beach bar additions to the island. Tortuga truly offers something different and is a beautiful change of scenery that will surely help quench your thirst!

(Photo courtesy of Tortuga Beach Bar)

Fun tip: Every month they host a Full Moon BBQ where you can order a mixed grill plate (meat and vegetarian options) and wash it down with a refreshing beverage. Enjoy the fun “in the middle of nowhere” surroundings as the beautiful, bright full moon lights up the sky!

(Photo courtesy of Tortuga Beach Bar)

MATTHEW’S BEACHSIDE RESTAURANT

Drink to try: Blue Hawaii

Location of watering hole: Casa del Mar Beach Resort, located just past the pool area you will find the bar and restaurant beachside.

What to expect:  Visit Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant just once and you will feel at home right away. The staff is always extremely welcoming and kind making it hard to leave when the time comes. Other than the warm welcome the first thing you cannot help but notice is the gorgeous view! Located right on the beach (Eagle Beach) Matthews has a picture PERFECT backdrop for you to enjoy while sipping your frozen concoction. With delicious food, refreshing cocktails, friendly service and offered theme night specials Matthews is always the right choice!

Fun tip: Matthews offers THREE happy hours 7 days a week! Need I say more? I didn’t think so.

If you’ve checked these off your list already, congratulations… you are officially a Beach Bar Bum too!

If not, it’s true what they say… there really is a <insert drink of choice here> somewhere out there thinking about you too – and this one is ready and awaiting your arrival in sunny and happy Aruba!

Now the choice is up to YOU, which bar or bars (wink face) will you park your bum at for the duration of your vacation?

Photo by: Nataly G.

Feeling rather parched and ready to start beach bar hopping?

Well, if you are ready to book your trip to Aruba make sure you discover all there is to do on our One Happy Island by checking out VisitAruba.com!

Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get a taste of paradise on a daily basis!