MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 230, Noord, Aruba

Dream about a Caribbean beach bar and chances are you’ll imagine someplace like MooMba, just south of Palm Beach. Here, you’ll find oversize palapas, tiki torches at night, and a crowd looking for fun with their feet in the sand. From its lounge chairs positioned under swaying palms to its extensive list of tropical cocktails, the watering hole is really what an island vacation is all about. To eat, there’s a buffet, with Sunday’s beach barbecue theme being your best bet. Go at happy hour, which is timed to coincide with the sunset, then stay into the evening for live music and DJs.

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Party like a local in Aruba

MooMba beach in the Noord region of Aruba looks every bit like a postcard during the day that you’d send home to friends and family: shades of blue, cruise ships with silky sails dotting the horizon, and swimmers. At night, the beach and bar/restaurant becomes completely different, in a Clark Kent kind of way. Giant palapa roofs, pulsing music (much of it from the 1980’s) and a large and ostentatious Heineken chandelier invites tourists and locals alike, although I saw more locals than anyone else because the area is still considered a hush hush place to party. A makeshift wooden dance floor at the back of the bar ensures you’ll be close to the DJ or live band, and of course the bartenders can fix you up with some of the best Aruba Arribas on the island. As though that were not enough exercise, you can party through the night and flex your “Beach Tennis” muscles right next door.

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