Boca Catalina Beach, Aruba

Aruba’s beaches are hailed as some of the best in the world, receiving accolades as the Best Caribbean Island by Travel+Leisure, Best Caribbean Beaches by Business Insider, and the Best Casinos in the Caribbean by U.S. News. In Aruba’s middle, you can find Arikok National Park, offering a starkly different landscape than the turquoise beaches and white sand it’s known for. A desert preserve with rock formations, cacti and unique wildlife, it’s a definite sight to see for those looking to mix-up the days typically spent at the beach. Aruba is also home to dozens of casinos sizzling with lively crowds and exciting games. Sometimes called “the Vegas of the Caribbean,” you’ll find everything from nickel slots to professional poker tournaments.

Boca Catalina Beach sits on the most northern tip of the island, on the west-hand side. The crystal clear and calm waters make this local gem the perfect location for swimming and snorkeling in Aruba. Nearby you can find Arashi Beach, a locals and family favorite, providing gentle currents and abundant underwater life just waiting to be discovered. The beach sits just off the road from the California Lighthouse, boasting beach huts, showers and lounge chair rentals, and occasional live music at a fun bar. When you’ve had enough sun bathing, surfing, swimming and snorkeling, take in the best 360-degree island views from the famous California Lighthouse. The lighthouse has become one of Aruba's scenic trademarks and offers a picture-perfect view of the island's western coastline of beaches and coral shorelines.

After visiting the lighthouse, dine at Faro Blanco Restaurant just next door. Faro Blanco offers Italian dishes for you to enjoy on an outside terrace, offering the most stunning sunset views. Treat yourself to great Italian food surrounded by the best scenery, nature, culture and history the island has to offer. As enjoyable as your Aruba adventures and exploration of the island will be, come home to Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf, the island’s premier lifestyle community.

Nestled in the warm waters on the Southern Caribbean just 15 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba is home to kind people and phenomenal weather. Aruba’s southern location makes its weather unique – sitting just below the hurricane belt, this island paradise rarely has a rainy day.

Boca Catalina is on the northern tip of the island, most ideal for relaxation, snorkeling, sun-bathing, and surfing for beginners. The calm waters and year-round perfect temperatures make it an oasis for those looking for the best beach vacation imaginable no matter the month you visit. Its consistently warm, and typically constant 80-degree days may experience small effects of nearby tropical weather, but only on occasion. If rain showers do occur, it is mostly falling between October and January.

And since the island sits well outside the hurricane belt, there’s very little threat of tropical storms. April to August is a great time to visit, as the island isn’t scattered with vacationers, which is typically the norm from January to March.

WEATHER: Monthly Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 86° 87° 88° 89° 90° 90°
Low 76° 76° 77° 78° 80° 80°
Rainfall 2.4 in. 1.6 in. 0.4 in. 0.4 in. 0.8 in. 0.4 in.
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
High 90° 91° 91° 90° 89° 87°
Low 80° 80° 80° 80° 79° 77°
Rainfall 0.8 in. 0.4 in. 2.0 in. 3.1 in. 3.5 in. 3.1 in.