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Oranjestad
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Oranjestad

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

Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino
Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino
3.5 out of 5
J. E. Irausquin Boulevard 248, Oranjestad
The price is $145 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Offering direct access to the beach, this Oranjestad hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Eagle Beach and Paseo Herencia Shopping ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,336 reviews)
"Excellent hotel & resort , friendly people , we come back"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
4.5 out of 5
L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad
The price is $329 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Oranjestad, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Renaissance Mall Aruba, Wind Creek Seaport Casino, and Cosecha Aruban Craft ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,266 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
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 just steps from Leeward Antilles and Druif Beach. Manchebo Beach and Links at Divi Aruba are also within 10 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (994 reviews)
"Divi All Inclusive was amazing for our first trip to Aruba! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Try the Tamarijn Passion. It’s delicious!"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Divi Aruba All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bubali Villa & Apartments
Bubali Villa & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Bubali 123G, Oranjestad
The price is $68 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in Cunucu Abao, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leeward Antilles, Eagle Beach, and Manchebo Beach. Druif Beach and Links at Divi Aruba are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (62 reviews)
"Everything was perfect with my stay, we arrived late and everything was exactly as sent to me in the email. I checked in quick and easy and was able to let me know about taxi’s and ways around the island."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Bubali Villa & Apartments
Aruba Tropic Apartments
Aruba Tropic Apartments
3 out of 5
Tanki Leendert 251-E, Oranjestad
Located in Punto de Oro, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and within 3 mi (5 km) of Eagle Beach and Aruba Town Hall. Renaissance ...
4.1/5Very Good! (125 reviews)
"Perfect for me as solo traveller and be fine for couple ! Fridge microwave kettle & hob with cooking utensils Clean throughout Comfy bed Air con great Shower so powerful and hot Perfect check in and out Helpful staff that are very knowledge Patio table and chair personal use Pool with ample chairs ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2019

Aruba Tropic Apartments
Secluded 6 Bedroom/5 Bath Beach Front Condo W/private Infinity Pool
Secluded 6 Bedroom/5 Bath Beach Front Condo W/private Infinity Pool
Oranjestad, Aruba
Nestled on the beach, this Oranjestad condo building is just steps from Leeward Antilles and Eagle Beach. Manchebo Beach and Druif Beach are also within 1 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Family fun in the sun!
"Family fun in the sun! This rental property was fabulous for our large party of 10 spending three families. We had yes of all ages and it was something for everybody to do. The little ones loved the pool nonstop in the teens and some adults love to basking in the sun every day on the beach which ..."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Secluded 6 Bedroom/5 Bath Beach Front Condo W/private Infinity Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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