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 CA $179 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Oranjestad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,571 reviews)
"We love everything, great service, beautiful Island, and great tasting water."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
4.5 out of 5
L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Oranjestad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,120 reviews)
"Beautiful place, delicious food and fair price for a Island resort. Staffs are very attentive and friendly. María from the flamingo area was very nice and good, thank you!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Oranjestad, Aruba
The price is CA $293 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Oranjestad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,595 reviews)
"Awesome"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
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.
Punto di Oro Residences
Punto di Oro Residences
2.5 out of 5
Tanki Leendert 121-K, Oranjestad
The price is CA $101 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this aparthotel in Oranjestad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in our ...
3.9/5 Good! (135 reviews)
"The TV signal was terrible and it is absurd that they only give one key for an apartment with 4 adults, you cannot do this unless the reception is open 24 hours which is not the case"

Reviewed on Apr. 26, 2022

Punto di Oro Residences
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Oranjestad, Aruba
The price is CA $293 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Oranjestad. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,595 reviews)
"Awesome"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
Divi Village All Inclusive Villas
Divi Village All Inclusive Villas
4 out of 5
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 93, Oranjestad
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in Oranjestad. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (489 reviews)
"This Property was Great. It had all the amenities you could probably need. The rooms were nice and spacious like having your own apartment. The whole resort were kept clean and maintain nicely. The only thing I didn't like was their Beach. It was across from the Resort and kind of small. The waves ..."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Divi Village All Inclusive Villas
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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