Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Primarily a time-share for families who visit regularly.
On a relatively unpopulated stretch of J. E. Irausquin Boulevard, the Costa Linda is primarily a time-share for families with children in tow. Since these regulars stay two or three weeks at a time, they all know each other well (and I stood out like a sore thumb). But new families would probably blend right in!
A distant and quiet spot that's a 20-minute drive from restaurants, shopping, and bars.
About a 20-minute drive from the restaurants, shopping, and bars in Oranjestad and the High-Rise complex, the Costa Linda is far from most of the glitzy resorts and casinos. There is one casino -- the Alhambra -- within walking distance. This means guests don't have to fight with other beachgoers for a spot in the sun. But it also means they're hard-pressed for entertainment.
Unless guests rent a car, as many do here, they have to wait around for a taxi to get to town. The resort lies about 15 minutes ($22 cab fare) from Riena Beatrix International Airport. Usually it's fairly easy to get a ride in Aruba, but on this relatively unpopulated stretch, I waited more than half an hour!
Huge beach away from the crowds where guests can hear the waves.
Serene, even awe-inspiring, the beach at Costa Linda didn't have hordes of tourists hogging the beach or water-sports kiosks hawking their wares. It was the first time I could actually hear the roar of the ocean and watch the waves come crashing to shore. On a more practical note, with fewer tourists, guests didn't have to fight for a chair. The beach also has a well-maintained jungle gym for the kids.
All units here are one-, two- and three-bedroom suites kitchens, a balcony with pool views, and standalone showers and tubs. Beach-y decor is cheery yet a little dated -- and one-bedroom suites still have old tube TVs instead of Flat screens.
The Costa Linda has an awesome lagoon pool. Shaped like an exotic island, it has a broad deck brimming with lawn chairs and hot tubs tucked into every corner. It's also right by the hotel's main restaurant, Turtle's Nest Bar and Grill.
There's a pool table and giant chess pieces by the lobby. If you want a more vigorous workout, head to the small gym on the first floor. This L-shaped room doesn't look like it was meant to be a fitness center, but it's clean and has a good array of up-to-date equipment. Plus, there's a trainer on duty. No lockers, steam rooms, or saunas, though.
Inventive, good food and live entertainment are at the bar and grill.
Primarily a time-share hotel, the Costa Linda draws the same families two to three times each year. Newbie travelers are likely to stick out, but devotees of surf and sand won't care -- the hotel has one of the most spectacular and quiet beaches in Aruba. Though there's a stellar restaurant on-site, Aruba's hot spots are a cab ride away.