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How The Old Bushiri Hotel Became A New Public Beach To Explore in Aruba

There’s a new beach to explore in Oranjestad. It’s a beautiful bay called “bushiri beach Aruba”, a wide space that was created after an abandoned hotel was dismantled.

Keep on reading to find out more about the history of this old hotel, and the before and after of bushiri beach in Aruba.

History of Bushiri Beach Aruba Resort

Bushiri Beach Resort opened its doors over 36 years ago, and was the first and only all inclusive resort in Aruba.

It was a beautiful beachfront resort featuring 155 rooms, swimming pools, jacuzzi’s, fitness center, two bars and a popular restaurant at that time called Tabasco!

This is how bushiri beach resort looked in its glory days…

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The first all inclusive resort in Aruba.

Bushiri Beach Resort was also a hotel trade school that offered many students in-house, on the job training, for the hospitality industry and culinary arts.

It was one of the most vibrant resorts on the island back then, unfortunately, the resort closed its doors.

Since then it stood there, for years, falling apart day by day…

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The old resort, fully deteriorated.

Bring Down The Building

Bushiri Beach Resort stood there for over a decade and became an abandoned building. It wasn’t a nice site to see when driving on Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard.

There were plenty of plans to invest money to renovate, and create a new hotel, malls and other commercial buildings. But none of these projects were realized.

The island government approved the dismantlement of Bushiri Beach Resort in 2016.

As of 2017 demolition works started, and a nice stretch of beach was being slowly revealed…

bushiri-beach-Aruba

The dismantlement of Bushiri Resort was a historical moment.

It took several months to completely bring down the resort.

Some of the materials from the deteriorated building were salvaged and will be recycled and re-purposed.




Explore The New Bushiri Beach

The clean up was well worth it, because there’s a new view to enjoy, pure blue ocean and miles of white sand.

Direct access was created to this bay since the hotel was removed.

It’s a wide open space, perfect to watch the sunset at the end of the day, or get a glimpse of cruise ships making their way to the port in the morning.  

Local fishermen are also known to fish on this beach.

Here’s a view of bushiri beach…

bushiri beach Aruba

This is just beautiful, don’t you agree?

Bushiri beach looks beautiful, but what will it become in the future?

The intention was to create a beach for cruise passengers, but it’s not suitable for swimming yet.

Until the beach gets developed for swimming, it remains a beautiful site to admire when taking longs walks on the beach near Oranjestad.


Other Beaches Close To Oranjestad

There’s plenty of beaches to swim or snorkel close to the cruise port in Oranjestad.

About ½ mile from the cruise port lies a beautiful strip of beach called Surfside.

It’s a quiet beach, perfect if you’re seeking relaxation or fun things to do.

Read more – Fun Things To Do At Surfside Beach.

You can also walk, or take public transportation towards druif beach, manchebo beach, eagle beach or palm beach.

Here’s a view of eagle beach…

Miles of beach sands…


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7 Comments on How The Old Bushiri Hotel Became A New Public Beach To Explore in Aruba

  1. Magda Mohamatsaid // 21st February 2018 at 2:21 pm // Reply

    Aruba One Happy Island
    I love this Island very much❤

  2. Tabasco opened after Bushiri had closed its doors, The restaurant was outside of the hotel building and had its own kitchen facilities.

  3. Will always miss the Bushiri

  4. Angelo Limon, thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  5. Shawn Wolsey // 4th January 2019 at 1:19 am // Reply

    My wife and I had our honeymoon at Bushiri in 2001. Why is the beach unswimmable? Thanks,
    Shawn

    • Hi Shawn,

      This beach has strong currents, and entrance is very rocky with stones, and I think the beach is unevenly deep at certain zones which is dangerous. But they are going to start development on it and make us swim again

      Sunny Regards x Angelo

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