San Nicolas Zuid

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Baby Beach

This small coastal town was once at the center of the island’s oil industry. Free from resorts and crowds, the town retains a refreshingly authentic atmosphere.

Located on the south coast of Aruba, laid-back San Nicolas offers a down-to-earth slice of everyday Aruban life. Stretch out on its beautiful beaches, see the sprawling metal refinery that acts as a reminder of the island’s big oil industry and experience the vibrant weekly festival.

Following the decline of the gold and aloe industries on the island, the first oil refinery was set up here in San Nicolas in the 1920s. Soon oil became Aruba’s chief economic driver. But as the oil industry began to decline in the mid-20th century, the refinery operations were scaled down and local governments turned their attention to tourism to help the economy prosper.

Spend a day lolling around on the sands of one of San Nicolas’ pristine beaches. Baby Beach is probably the most popular and arguably the most beautiful, while smaller Rodger’s Beach is more peaceful. Both are overlooked by the looming metal stacks of the refinery, which contrast with the idyllic natural views. To watch kitesurfers performing tricks on the waves, head to Boca Grandi.

Be sure to call into Charlie’s Bar, a family-run institution that has been in operation since 1941. Order a cold beer and peruse the assortment of memorabilia on display inside, which ranges from business cards and old photographs to license plates and signs. Don’t miss the town’s Anchor in Memory of All Seamen, a red sculpture honoring sailors who lost their lives at sea.

If you’re in town on Thursday evenings, be sure to attend the Carubbian Festival, a colorful party that spills across the main street, evoking the fun spirit of Aruba’s Carnival. Watch glitzy parades and tottering stilt walkers, listen to the beat of live steel drums and taste traditional Caribbean dishes, like curried goat or coconut shrimp.

San Nicolas is small and can be easily explored on foot. To get there from Oranjestad, ride Arubus public buses or take a taxi.

Where to stay in San Nicolas Zuid

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Your Private Baby Beach Vacation Home
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This family-friendly San Nicolas Zuid vacation home is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Leeward Antilles, Baby Beach, and Seroe Colorado. Rodgers ...
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Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

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Feel at home with Convillas Studio Apartment
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Situated in San Nicolas Zuid, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Leeward Antilles, Anchor in Memory of All Seamen, and Lourdes Grotto. Aruba Golf ...
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Your Private Baby Beach Vacation Home
Your Private Baby Beach Vacation Home
San Nicolas Zuid, NA
This family-friendly San Nicolas Zuid vacation home is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Leeward Antilles, Baby Beach, and Seroe Colorado. Rodgers ...
5/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Perfect Rental at baby beach
"This house is great for family vacation, lots of space, kids friendly, very close to beach, 10 mins walk or 5 mins drive. We are repeat renters at Arnold’s house. He’s truly a super host, great communication, great service, and the house is consistently clean! Thank you!"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

Your Private Baby Beach Vacation Home
Feel at home with Convillas Studio Apartment
Feel at home with Convillas Studio Apartment
San Nicolas Zuid
Situated in San Nicolas Zuid, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Leeward Antilles, Anchor in Memory of All Seamen, and Lourdes Grotto. Aruba Golf ...
Feel at home with Convillas Studio Apartment
Aruba villa on the beach
Aruba villa on the beach
San Nicolas Zuid, Aruba
Located in Sero Colorado, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Rodgers Beach. Baby Beach and Seroe Colorado are also within 2 mi (3 ...
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"Lovely house with exceptional art work. Everything was perfectly decorated and comfortable. Beds were very comfortable. Kitchen was very well supplied. Knives were sharp and utensils, dishes, glassware were plentiful. Milagros, the housekeeper was a delight. She was so careful to not intrude on our ..."

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

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