With dozens of white-sand beaches, aquatic adventures and an easy-going island vibe, this region is Aruba at its most enchanting.

The Noord region of Aruba encompasses some of the best beaches on the island and its hotels and beachfront resorts ensure that visitors can get their fix of sun, sea and sand. Watch the clear waves rush into the golden shore, take part in a range of outdoor activities and visit the island’s landmark California Lighthouse.

Noord, which translates to “North” in Dutch, is located on the northwest tip of the island. While the town itself is colorful and authentically Aruban, most out-of-towners stay in oceanfront resorts instead, which provide easy access to the region’s pristine beaches, as well as high-end casino and spa resorts.

Go to the amenity-packed Palm Beach for calm waters and to experience the glamor of its beachfront resorts. Chic bars, clubs, restaurants and casinos entertain after dark. Further north at the rocky Hadicurari Beach, watersports are the number one pursuit, with wind and waves providing perfect conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Join the locals on the quiet Arashi Beach or dive in at Malmok Beach, where clear shallow waters are well-suited for snorkeling, and wrecks and reefs keep scuba divers happy.

When you need a break from lolling on the sands, Noord can deliver alternative activities. Play a round at the Tierra del Sol Golf Course, enjoying ocean views as you navigate the cacti- and tree-dotted course. Be sure to stop by St. Ann’s Church, a prominent religious landmark with a history that dates back to the 1770s and the peaceful Alto Vista Chapel, the island’s most important religious site.

Spend a sunset at the California Lighthouse, which is named after a ship of the same name that was wrecked in these waters before its construction. Located on an elevated position on the north coast, the views from here are some of the best on the island. Take a stroll along the frequently deserted and wonderfully romantic California Sand Dunes or rent a jeep and go off-roading.

The best times to visit Noord are between January and August. If you plan to spend most of your time at the beach, then taxis and bus services can help you get around, but if you wish to explore the island further, consider renting a four-wheel drive.

Where to stay in Noord

Opal
Opal, Noord, Aruba
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Opal

4/5(1 review)

If you're spending some time in Opal, Notorious Ranch and Leeward Antilles are top sights worth seeing.

Washington
Washington, Noord, Aruba
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Washington

While there might not be top attractions in Washington, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Eagle Beach and Palm Beach.

Kamay
Kamay, Noord, Aruba
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Kamay

While there might not be top attractions in Kamay, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Palm Beach and Alto Vista Chapel.

Top hotels in Noord

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino
4 out of 5
J E Irausquin Boulevard 230, Noord
£206
per night
20 Nov-21 Nov

Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is in a shopping district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Beach and Butterfly Farm. Alto Vista Chapel and California ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,524 reviews)

"For the price it was great had everything we were looking for."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort and Casino
All Inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
All Inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
4 out of 5
J. E. Iraussquin Boulevard 230, Noord

Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Beach and Butterfly Farm. California Lighthouse and Alto Vista Chapel ...

4.1/5Very Good! (564 reviews)

"Nice clean great location. Casino was a disappointment. But everything else was great"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

All Inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
4.5 out of 5
L G Smith Boulevard 101, Noord
£387
per night
2 Dec-3 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Opal resort is within a 10-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Palm Beach. Arashi Beach and Eagle Beach are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,568 reviews)

"Loved this hotel. Staff was wonderful. Lobby bar had great drinks and delicious sushi, and nice evening entertainment. Pool and beach area were clean and happy hours there were great. We never even had to pay for a palapa. I was able to book a free one every morning morning. Rooms were big and our ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Popular things to do in Noord

Arashi Beach
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Arashi Beach

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Take shade under the palapa huts of this small yet uncrowded strip of sand, where there are snorkeling opportunities suitable for all skill levels.

California Lighthouse
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California Lighthouse

4/5(9 reviews)

This iconic lighthouse has been a fixture on the island for more than 100 years. Climb to the top at sunset to enjoy romantic views of the coast.

Alto Vista Chapel
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Alto Vista Chapel

5/5(1 review)

Light a candle at this small chapel, which has a remote hillside setting that affords lovely views of the surrounding area.

Palm Beach
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Palm Beach

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Palm Beach, a popular beach in Noord. Stroll along the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Boca Catalina Beach
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Boca Catalina Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Boca Catalina Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Noord. Amble around this romantic area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Butterfly Farm
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Butterfly Farm

5/5(1 review)

Encounter some of the world’s prettiest and most delicate creatures at this fascinating tropical garden.

Top activities in Noord

Natural Pool ATV Tour
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Natural Pool ATV Tour

£62

Hop aboard an ATV and cruise across Aruba's rugged terrain during an adventurous guided tour that takes you to some of the island's best sightseeing locations, including its amazing Natural Pool. Be sure to wear a swimsuit—you won't be able to resist the urge to hop in and cool off for a bit.

Champagne Brunch & Aqua Safari
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Champagne Brunch & Aqua Safari

£61

Get an up-close view of nature and leave your worries behind while you indulge in refreshing mimosas on a custom-built catamaran, fully equipped with sunbathing trampolines and shaded areas. Enjoy a savory breakfast, sip a mixed drink, and go snorkeling at several of the best spots in Aruba.

Arikok National Park - Natural Pool UTV Adventure
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Arikok National Park - Natural Pool UTV Adventure

£82

Natural Pool at Arikok natural Park UVT Tour Experience the wild side of Aruba in your Personal UTV – a 4by4 Off-road vehicle! Visit one of Aruba’s top natural attractions, the Natural Pool, a unique natural rock formation in the form of a pool.

Taste of Aruba Snorkeling Adventure
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Taste of Aruba Snorkeling Adventure

£49

Come and experience a colorful and comfortable catamaran with a 4 level deck on this half-day tour, combining the wonders of 3 incredible snorkeling stops. Discover the sea life of the Caribbean, plus enjoy a tasty Caribbean lunch and an open bar as you bask in the sun.

Sunset Cruise & Seaside Dinner
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Sunset Cruise & Seaside Dinner

£70

Enjoy this dream combination of a sunset cruise with cocktails followed by a seaside 3-course dinner at a restaurant located right on the water. With entertaining music, a friendly crew, and exceptional service, this is sure to be one of your most memorable evenings in Aruba.

Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail
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Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail

£51

Discover Aruba’s underwater life and board one of our luxury catamarans to take you to two of Aruba's most popular snorkeling spots. Our first stop is Boca Catalina, perfect for beginners who need time to practice in calm, shallow water.

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