My family and I love visiting Aruba in the fall, right when it starts to feel cold here in the northeast; it’s become a little family tradition that we look forward to each year. During our last visit, we spent 4 nights at the Hyatt Regency Aruba, and had a great stay.
When we travel, we try to stay healthy, enjoy local cuisine, and stick to a budget, all while wrapping it into an authentic and unique experience. If that sounds like you (and especially if you love fresh seafood and nice views), you will also love some of my favorite restaurants on the island!
Best For Romance: The Flying Fishbone
If you’re traveling as a couple or perhaps craving just a date night alone when the kids are asleep, a great place to consider is The Flying Fishbone, which is about a 30 minute taxi ride from the high-rise hotels in Palm Beach. Open daily from 5-10 pm, reservations are definitely required in advance, and the popular seatings times are around 6 pm, or right at sunset.
This place has KILLER sunset views and is extremely romantic and scenic. If possible, try to request a table right at the edge of the water, so you can dine with your toes in the water. We have only dined here once a few years ago, but it was a really nice and special experience.
Best Cheap Beach Eats: Carlito’s Sports Beach Bar
I give all the credit in the world to reader Laurie for this place, whom I met up with during my last visit this past fall. All of these years, I can’t believe I walked passed Carlito’s without knowing how much of a hidden gem this place is! Laurie and I met up for mojitos (2 for $10, all the time), and they honestly were the best I’ve had on the island!
From that day forward, Carlito’s was our go-to spot for lunch for my family everyday. The fried-fish platter lunch was delicious, huge, and very affordable. Located near the Playa Linda resort pier, this is a sweet-spot place to have lunch without paying inflated prices at the hotel restaurants.
Best Healthy Snacks: Eduardo’s Beach Shack
If you’re looking for a break from alcohol, a quick pick-me-up or perhaps even a refreshing and healthy breakfast alternative (especially if breakfast is not included in your hotel stay), stop by Eduardo’s Beach Shack for healthy smoothies (protein too), acai bowls, and even vegan options.
Located right on the beach pathway near the Playa Linda resort, it’s a perfect place to recharge after a morning run or mid-day stroll. There’s nothing like a healthy refresher on a hot day. In my experience, they tend to make more smoothie for you than what you pay for, and kids can sip the “leftovers” in their own cups ;).
Freshest Seafood: Wacky Wahoo’s
Saying I love seafood is an understatement. My rule of thumb is to seek out as much fresh seafood as I can when I traveling to places surrounded by water. After visiting Aruba 5 times, I finally found my go-to place for fresh, delicious seafood that doesn’t require a taxi to get there.
I highly recommend Wacky Wahoo’s, which is a quaint little place, and is about a 5-10 minute walk from most of the Palm Beach high-rise hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Aruba. Every day they offer an extensive selection of “catch of the day” seafood options, and everything is made from scratch and made to order. The sangria here is phenomenal too, so I highly recommend you order a pitcher with dinner. This place is becoming increasingly-popular, so reservations are a must, but you may get lucky like we did when we walked in after 9 pm!