Costa Linda Beach Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Aruba

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Pros

Cons

  • Remote location, and it's difficult to get a taxi
  • Very few bars or restaurants in walking distance
  • No casino on site -- about a five-minute walk from resort

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

Primarily a time-share for families who visit regularly.

The Natural Pool
The Natural Pool

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!

 Location

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!

 Beach

Huge beach away from the crowds where guests can hear the waves.

The beach
The beach

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.

 Rooms

Large, multi-room suites with huge kitchens and bathrooms. However, bedrooms are dark and dingy, and there's no Wi-Fi.

The One Bedroom Suite
The One Bedroom Suite

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.

  • Most rooms have separate showers and tubs in the master bathroom
  • Fridge, stove, toasters, pots and pans, dishes, and utensils
  • In-room safe large enough for a laptop
  • TVs with cable channels
  • Air-conditioning units in all rooms
  • In-room Internet
  • Free cribs (but the hotel does not offer rollaway beds)

 Features

The lagoon pool is awesome, and there's a small gym with good equipment and a trainer, but no sauna or steam room.

Ocean kayaks
Ocean kayaks

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.

In the evening, the hotel has a screen for movies or, in my case, a boxing face-off between De La Hoya and Pacquiao. Only two people showed up. Guess there weren't too many boxing fans.

 Food

Inventive, good food and live entertainment are at the bar and grill.

  • Water's Edge serves seafood and steak, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Pizza Bob's is a family favorite; open throughout the day
  • Island Breeze Coffee has pastries and light snacks; open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Ellioti's Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
  • Lola's bar serves cocktails in the evening.
  • Turtle's Nest serves local Caribbean for lunch and dinner, and has themed nights.

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About Costa Linda Beach Resort

Address

  • 59 J.E. Irausquin Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Costa Linda
  • Costa Linda Aruba
  • Costa Linda Beach Hotel
  • Hotel Costa Linda Beach

Room Types

  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Suite
  • 3 Bedroom Suite
  • Cayena Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 175
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Aruba
Address: 59 J.E. Irausquin Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba
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