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OranjestadAruba

A popular cruise ship stop-off, Aruba’s brightly colored capital is filled with modern shops, upscale restaurants and colonial-era buildings.

Oranjestad is a small and cheery capital with candy-colored Dutch architecture. Every day, large cruise ships pull into its port and hundreds of passengers flood its street. Oranjestad has plenty of tourist-oriented offerings to keep visitors entertained. Splurge in the malls and diverse shops, stroll the sunny waterfront boulevard and explore its past at interesting museums.

Prior to the arrival of European explorers, Oranjestad was just a small fishing outpost used by the Arawak Indians. Spanish explorers arrived in the late 15th century and it was later colonized by the Dutch in the mid-17th century. With the exception of a brief British interlude, it has remained under Dutch control to this day.

Delve into the past at Fort Zoutman, the oldest building on the island. This defensive fortress was built in 1798 and was designed to protect the city from pirates. Be sure to see the Willem III Tower, once a lighthouse, and the Historical Museum, which houses a permanent exhibit tracing the history of the island. For a look at the island’s pre-colonial history, stop by the National Archaeological Museum of Aruba.

Take a walk down the waterfront L.G. Smith Boulevard, where shops, restaurants and busy marinas dominate the scene. Just a few blocks inland, Main Street offers more shopping opportunities, with everything from independent boutiques to internationally recognized luxury brands. For a shopping experience with more local flavor, go to the Flea Market near the harbor, where locals barter at open-air kiosks selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fish.

Recharge at the Queen Wilhelmina Park, where manicured lawns look out over fishing boats bobbing in the water. Nearby beaches, including Druif Beach and Manchebo Beach are good for sunbathing and swimming. Wait until evening to check out the elegant Town Hall, also known as Stadhuis, which is lit up after dark.

Oranjestad is located on the south coast of Aruba. Make use of the city’s free tram system to get around. It runs from the cruise terminal through the downtown area. Hop on and off as often as you please.

Where to stay in Oranjestad

I just love how the big waves crash on the rocks and make a beautiful backdrop with the tree. The sky was a gorgeous grey on this day.

Punto de Oro

1/5(1 area review)

Punto de Oro might not have many top sights, but Aruba Town Hall and Renaissance Mall Aruba are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Punto de Oro
National Archaeological Museum Aruba showing art

Rancho

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Rancho, you might make a stop by sights like National Archaeological Museum Aruba and San Francisco Church.

Rancho
It is a very nice and quiet beach but also with entertainment because of the many kite surfers passing by. It is still a great spot to swim even though it is on the north shore with big waves but they do not get all the way to the shore. The waters are crystal #blue and the sand is a bit of pink. The entrance is a bit hidden by the Grapefield dunes.

Paradijswijk

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Paradijswijk, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Eagle Beach and Renaissance Mall Aruba.

Paradijswijk

Top Hotels in Oranjestad

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad
The price is $229 per night

Located in Oranjestad, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Oranjestad Protestant Church, Aruba Town Hall, and Fort Zoutman. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,562 reviews)

"Really enjoyed the private island Had a problem with the safe in my room and the maintenance worker came promptly and resolved the problem."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Divi Village All Inclusive Villas
Divi Village All Inclusive Villas
4 out of 5
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad

Situated near the beach, this all-inclusive property is steps from Leeward Antilles and Manchebo Beach. Eagle Beach and Links at Divi Aruba are also within 15 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (330 reviews)

"From the moment we stepped onto the property, we were well looked after. We loved being able to go from the beach, to the pool, and to an activity easily. Despite everything going on with the shut down of the island due to the Coronavirus, the staff never wavered in their helpfulness. I can’t wait ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Divi Village All Inclusive Villas
Divi Aruba All Inclusive
Divi Aruba All Inclusive
4 out of 5
J E Irausquin Boulevard 45, Oranjestad

Nestled on the beach, this Oranjestad property is within a 5-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Manchebo Beach. Eagle Beach and Links at Divi Aruba are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"Centrally located and all inclusive. Some updates could be done."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Divi Aruba All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Oranjestad

Eagle Beach
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Eagle Beach

4.5/5(1,687 reviews)

Spot fish swimming in the crystal-clear waters, look for turtle nests on the shore and photograph Aruba’s famous windswept divi-divi trees.

Aruba Town Hall
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Aruba Town Hall

4.5/5(422 reviews)

Once a residence for a well-to-do local family, this impeccably restored landmark mansion now serves as a government building hosting civil wedding services.

Manchebo Beach
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Manchebo Beach

4.5/5(438 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Manchebo Beach, a popular beach in Oranjestad-West. Amble around the area's seaside or visit its shops.

Renaissance Island
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Renaissance Island

4.5/5(471 reviews)

Explore Renaissance Island, a popular spot to commune with nature in Oranjestad, and enjoy the beautiful sunsets. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Druif Beach
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Druif Beach

4.5/5(146 reviews)

With its floury sands, swaying fronds and warm tropical waters, this beach is a picture of Caribbean perfection.

Surfside Beach
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Surfside Beach

4.5/5(141 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Surfside Beach during your travels in Oranjestad? Stroll along the seaside or visit the casinos in this romantic area.

Top things to do in Oranjestad

De Palm Island All-Inclusive Adventure
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De Palm Island All-Inclusive Adventure

84% of travellers recommend
$99
Per adult
Island Ultimate Safari by Jeep with Lunch
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Island Ultimate Safari by Jeep with Lunch

96% of travellers recommend
$115
Per adult
Atlantis Submarine Dive Aruba
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Atlantis Submarine Dive Aruba

80% of travellers recommend
$105
Per adult
Explore Aruba Island Tour
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Explore Aruba Island Tour

90% of travellers recommend
$51
Per adult
Beach & Cave Tour with Barbecue Lunch
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Beach & Cave Tour with Barbecue Lunch

90% of travellers recommend
$77
Per adult
Palm Pleasure Snorkeling Adventure with Lunch & Open Bar
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Palm Pleasure Snorkeling Adventure with Lunch & Open Bar

92% of travellers recommend
$89
Per adult

Reviews of Oranjestad

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
905
5 - Excellent 60.656836461126005%
4 - Good
489
4 - Good 32.77479892761394%
3 - Okay
81
3 - Okay 5.428954423592494%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 0.871313672922252%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2680965147453083%

5/5 - Excellent

Michael

May 1, 2020

Temps were in the mid 80's but there is little to no humidity and a constant breeze. this is truly paradise!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

We took a half day tour of the island, very interesting/pretty country. Got to drive through where the locals live and see the types of homes. Went to the lava side of the island also, very beautiful!! I would go back tomorrow if we were not in th

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

We have a timeshare at Divi Dutch Resort and used the facility through Expedia because of a snafu regarding one of our weeks. Fortunately, we opted to go the week prior to the one we had, not the lost weekend. Almost did not get off the island.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Aruba is full of amazing hard working people. It’s a beautiful island with tremendous beaches, hotels and restaurants. It’s our go to happy place and we look forward to our visits!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

If you go to Aruba, explore the whole island! We beach hopped from Baby Beach to Arashi Beach and as many in between, then took a Jeep tour to explore the North Shore. Every spot is different and amazing. Enjoy!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

It was an amazing view

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Saddle up for adventure on your next trip with a horseback riding tour through breathtaking scenery.

Saddle up for adventure on your next trip with a horseback riding tour through breathtaking scenery.
Saddle up for adventure on your next trip with a horseback riding tour through breathtaking scenery.
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Indulging in traditional flavors and fresh catches in Aruba

Indulging in traditional flavors and fresh catches in Aruba
Indulging in traditional flavors and fresh catches in Aruba
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Taking in the sights and sounds of a shore day on Aruba

Taking in the sights and sounds of a shore day on Aruba
Taking in the sights and sounds of a shore day on Aruba
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Finding happiness on Aruba, a small island packed with lots of fun

Finding happiness on Aruba, a small island packed with lots of fun
Finding happiness on Aruba, a small island packed with lots of fun
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Top land-based sightseeing attractions on this dry, desert-like Caribbean island

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Top land-based sightseeing attractions on this dry, desert-like Caribbean island

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