Palm Beach, Aruba

Coordinates: 12°34′07.59″N 70°02′31.85″W / 12.5687750°N 70.0421806°W / 12.5687750; -70.0421806
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Palm Beach
Locality and beach
Palm Beach, Aruba
Palm Beach, Aruba
Coordinates: 12°34′07.59″N 70°02′31.85″W / 12.5687750°N 70.0421806°W / 12.5687750; -70.0421806
Country Kingdom of the Netherlands
Constituent country Aruba
RegionNoord/Tanki Leendert
 • Total8.726 km2 (3.369 sq mi)
 • Total5,637
 • Density646.0/km2 (1,673/sq mi)

Palm Beach is a tourism district about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) northwest of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. A number of high rise hotels are located there, such as Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba Marriott Resort, The Barceló, Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Ritz Carlton Resort, and RIU palace Aruba. A shopping district adjacent to the hotels was finished in 2009 and includes two large malls called Paseo Herencia and Palm Beach Plaza Mall. Little North of Palm Beach is Malmok Beach, a small sandy strip running all the way until the northern tip of Aruba. Smaller apartment complexes and luxurious holiday homes are located along this dead-end Boulevard.[2] Hadicurari Beach (kiting), Arashi Beach and Boca Catalina (snorkeling) are popular locations.


Palm Beach is the name of a region in the district of Noord. Its adjacent shoreline beach was officially registered under the same name in 1960. The name "Palm Beach" is derived from the name of the coconut plantation of R.J. (Capt) Beaujon, who named it after Palm Beach, Florida. Being located on government land its lease was rescinded for hotel development in 1958.[3]

The first people to ever live on the beach were Caquetios Indians from the Arawak tribe in 100 A.D. Later, in 1499, Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda discovered the island and created a small garrison. The Dutch took over the island soon after and it had remained in Dutch power from then on with a short interruption of English rule in 1805 during the Napoleonic wars.

It was not until 1947 that Palm Beach's first tourist office opened. The first hotel opened in the fifties, actually a competition was held to find the best design for the hotel. The winner's name was Ernst Bartels and his idea was called the`Basiroeti’ based on the beach location namesake. The hotel would end up being called Hotel Basiruti. Hotel Basi-Ruti was not a high-rise, bungalows on the bare sand comprised the new hotel. Since 1983 it is a high-rise timeshare hotel called Playa Linda Beach Resort.[4][5]

In 1962, De Olde Molen, a windmill from Wedderveer in the Netherlands, was rebuilt near Bubali, and is used as a restaurant and landmark.[6][7]

The Bubali Bird Sanctuary is located near the hotels in Bubali, Palm Beach.[8]


  1. ^ "Aruba". 2020-10-01. Palm Beack/Malmok. Retrieved 2023-05-29.
  2. ^ "Malmok Beach". Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  3. ^ Frank, Vivienno (2019). Aruba en een keuze uit haar toponiemen (in Dutch). Aruba. p. 148.
  4. ^ "Playa Linda komt in plaats van Basiruti" (in Dutch). Amigoe. 1979-02-10. Retrieved 2021-08-21.
  5. ^ "Playa Linda Beach Resort geopend" (in Dutch). Amigoe. 1983-11-08. Retrieved 2021-08-21.
  6. ^ "Historia di "De Olde Molen" na Palm Beach". Arubiano (in Papiamento). Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Tourism". Historia di Aruba. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Bubali vogelreservaat". Beautiful Aruba (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 April 2021.
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