Isn’t It Romantic?
Text by Debbie Kunder
There are plenty of good reasons why dining on the beach is considered such a special treat—the soft sand between your toes, the rustling palms, the gently lapping waves, the warm light of the tiki torches, and the cool, hair-ruffling breezes. Add delicious cuisine and a great bottle of wine, and you have an idyllic romantic dinner experience to share with your special someone. Of course, with its award-winning beaches—and world-class cuisine—Aruba is the perfect destination to enjoy romantic dining on the Caribbean’s shore. Here, three island restaurants that offer that quintessential beach dining experience you and your partner will remember for years to come.
Located across from the charming Amsterdam Manor, Passions on the Beach showcases the pristine beauty of Eagle Beach, which was named the best beach in the Caribbean and #3 in the world by TripAdvisor in 2019. Early birds can catch one of the island’s enchanting sunsets while late-night diners can sup under the twinkling stars. Diners are invited to indulge in the freshest island flavors highlighted in dishes that feature the highest-quality meats and irresistible seafood. An expansive wine selection and signature cocktails add a festive kick to the evening while decadent desserts serve as that perfect sweet ending. Passions on the Beach is the ideal place for any couple looking to celebrate love and romance, and it’s also a popular venue for wedding parties and other special events.
Executive Chef Romeo Penacino brings a wealth of international experience to the table, literally, at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s Atardi restaurant. This “pop-up” restaurant is set up on Palm Beach every day in the late afternoon when the crowds disperse, giving it its name, which means “late afternoon” in the local language of Papiamento. Located just steps from the sea, Atardi specializes in fresh seafood, often caught in the nearby waters. The Macadamia Grouper is one of Atardi’s most popular dishes, along with lobster tail, sea bass, and more. Couples are invited to kick off their shoes and go toes-in-the-sand as they enjoy the refined yet relaxing experience perfectly curated by the Marriott team.
Romantic Beach Dining at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
With Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort heralded as the Caribbean’s most romantic hotel by TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise that it offers an intimate, romantic dining experience in the sands just beyond its widely acclaimed Elements restaurant. Attentive waiters provide solicitous service under a private cabana on the beach boasting a fabulous ocean view and a romantic sunset or moonlit ambiance. Bucuti’s powdery white beach, the swaying palms, and subtle candle lighting ensure that magic is in the air. The experience is rather exclusive, with only four cabanas available and only two seatings per night. The special six-course dinner, including complimentary wine or champagne, is prepared by Elements’ renowned kitchen, and dietary restrictions are accommodated with a vegan/vegetarian menu as well as a gluten-free menu.