this was sent to me by a friend on island and translated to English
From the Diario
Does not apply to Renaissance Island Beaches and Depalm Island as those are provately owned.
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 14:18
ORANGE CITY - Security guards who chase guests at a beach palapa or beach bed away because they do not stay in a hotel, are acting illegally. "The beach is public and, like the palapas, accessible to everyone," said the judge this morning.
Beach Guests who are not staying in a hotel are on a regular based turned away by security guards at the hotels. Without any legal basis or authority to do so, as it is stated in the judgment read by the court today. "They are unfairly summed when they sit or lie on the beach." The beach loungers may be rented, but the palapas and beach are owned by the public.
Accessible to everyone
All the beaches of Aruba are in fact public. The beaches are not only for guests of hotels, but for everyone. So also for cruise tourists who once 'their' ship docks in Aruba, go in large numbers ashore to enjoy the delights of the island, so reads the judge this morning in his statement.
"Whoever constructs an anchored structure on the beach like a palapas, does not acquire any ownership or usage rights", as the court notes the hotel proper. Aruba’s public is the owner of such building. Here everyone can, including local people and tourists who do not stay at hotels, use it. It is therefore not possible to hold a palapa by means of a towel without you actually using it at that moment."
This is the article for people who read Dutch:
Strandgasten regelmatig onterecht weggestuurd