You can’t beat the setting.
Located above the water on Aruba’s Palm Beach, the Bugaloe is undoubtedly one of our favorite restaurants in Aruba. Aruba’s Palm Beach hosts high-rise hotels and resorts, offering five star dining and drinking opportunities for foodies to discover. If you’re looking for fine-dining fare – go somewhere else. But, if you want to enjoy casual drinks and eats on the beach, the Bugaloe is the perfect spot. The food is fine – your burgers, tropical drinks, mozzarella sticks, they have it, we ate it and we enjoyed it.
The reason it quickly became our favorite go-to beach bar is because the location, staff and laid back vibe. We stayed at the Westin Aruba on the edge of the other high-rise hotels and were able to walk there with our feet in the sand. It’s on the edge of a pier so you feel slightly hidden from chaos on the beach. The staff, mostly international from the Netherlands or neighboring islands of Bonair and Curacao, are friendly and have major island beach swag – if that’s possible. They know they are living in paradise so working comes easy. Plus, they are all gorgeous. It must be the Dutch West Indies, South American mix; everyone is beautiful.
This is a great place for lunch or inexpensive happy hour, which we took advantage of often (one can never have too many Balashi Chills). A few days a week, they host a local band to play old school hits, which makes for an entertaining night watching sunburned tourists dance the night away.
Another reason to love the Bugaloe? There’s not a bad seat in the entire restaurant. 360-degree views of ocean.
If you are looking for a great place to go for a casual dining experience with a jaw-dropping beach setting, this is the place. You will most certainly not be disappointed.