Santa Cruz Vacations

1 mile (2 kilometers) to the south of Aruba, is Santa Cruz, a great place to delve a little deeper into this fabulous region. This popular part of town is 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Queen Beatrix International Airport.

Santa Cruz is near a diverse collection of Aruba’s attractions. Among the most popular attractions here are the marvelous De Palm Island and the incredible Blue Parrotfish Water Park. Two other interesting attractions nearby Santa Cruz are the Mangel Halto Beach and Surfside Beach.

Do try to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make this region such a rewarding holiday destination. Stroll around the exhibits and enjoy the atmosphere of the National Archaeological Museum Aruba in Oranjestad and the Numismatic Museum of Aruba. See some of the popular live shows at Crystal Theater in Oranjestad.

Hang out with the kids at Donkey Sanctuary and the Gold Mine Ranch in Paradera. Interact with many kinds of fascinating creatures at the Aruba Ostrich Farm in Oranjestad and the Philip's Animal Garden in Noord.

There are many natural gifts here as well, so don’t miss the nearby green spaces. Stretch your legs and head to one of the local beaches, such as Boca Prins in Oranjestad. To catch a glimpse of the nearby wilderness set out to explore the Natural Bridge - Boca Andicuri in Oranjestad and the Conchi Natural Pool. Find a little peace in Wilhelmina Park in Oranjestad, one of the places where families can escape the crowds.

Spots such as Lourdes Grotto in San Nicolas, the Beth Israel Synagogue in Oranjestad and Hooiberg are popular places for visitors to Santa Cruz. Whatever your religious background, you’ll be moved by the serene atmosphere at sacred places like the San Francisco Church in Oranjestad, the Oranjestad Protestant Church and the Saint Franciscus Church. History lovers will enjoy exploring Fort Zoutman in Oranjestad.

If you are ready to indulge in some retail therapy, head to the many stores that are part of the Royal Plaza Mall in Oranjestad and the Seaport Village Mall.

For a real taste of this fascinating part of the world, consider booking a room close by in one of the area’s hotel or serviced apartment options. Whether you’re staying for a night or a few weeks check out the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Oranjestad, the Talk of the Town Hotel and Beach Club, Oranjestad, and the popular Club Arias Bed & Breakfast, Savaneta.

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