Activities in Oranjestad

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Along Aruba's southwest coast is the capital city of Oranjestad, which also happens to be the largest and most popular center of tourism on the island as well.  The town was built up around Fort Zoutman, so it is no surprise that sightseeing tours of local historic attractions that tell the tale of Dutch rule over the island are a top activity, but it is really shopping that most visitors are enthralled by.

In recent years, Main Street was restructured to be a pedestrian only shopping center, so tourists can walk the waterfront stopping at each stall on the hunt for a good deal – and there are a lot of them.  If it is luxury goods you're after, then you'll want to stop by the Renaissance Mall.  Not everything is duty free, but the low prices on things that are bring tourists here in droves. 

Other activities vary greatly, accommodating a wide variety of tourists.  Active visitors will find fishing, snorkeling, and diving to be available, and most of the seven mile stretch along the resort coast is busy with dining and nightlife.

Diving

Oranjestad Diving

While few sites are found right off Oranjestad, the many services that the city offers, makes it a good destination for divers - even if they will have to travel a bit further to their dive site.

You'll find several dive services and at least 11 interesting dive sites in the area. Follow this link to find our extended discussion of scuba diving in this area.

Fishing

Teaser Fishing Charters

While not home to the best fishing in the Caribbean, Oranjestad does offer some options for those looking to fit in some fishing during a vacation.

If there are some experienced anglers in your group, they're in luck -- they can catch some fish with one of the 14 charter operators in this area. Readers can get more information concerning fishing in this area can do so by going to this page.

Golf

Tierra Del Sol Golf Course

Like golf? There are two golf courses in the area. The area courses are The Links at Divi Aruba Golf Course and Tierra Del Sol Golf Course. Just click on the name of the course to get additional information concerning the course, including contact information, number of holes, location, and more. Readers who want to learn more about golf throughout Aruba can do so here.

Sailing and Boating

Jolly Pirates

Be sure to look through this table for a list of area firms that can help you spend some time on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In And Around Oranjestad
Name Phone Location
Black Pearl Sailing (297) 593-1554 The vicinity of Palm Beach, 4.3 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
De Palm Tours (297) 522-4400 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Jolly Pirates (297) 586-8107 The vicinity of Palm Beach, 4.3 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Pelican Adventures (297) 587-2302 Palm Beach, 4.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Red Sail Sports (297) 586-1603 Palm Beach, 3.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Snorkeling Aruba (297) 592-6373 Palm Beach, 3.8 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Strea Charters (297) 600-2503 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad
The Tranquilo (297) 594-2173 Downtown Oranjestad
Wave Dancer (297) 582-5520 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad

If you're interested in reading about charter operators and local marinas go to this page.

Shopping

Aruba Trading Company

If you're vacationing with some shopping fanatics they might enjoy browsing a few of the area's 77 retail stores. Use this link to visit our article about shopping in and around Oranjestad.

Sightseeing

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Many visitors spend at least a day exploring the culture, sights and sounds of Oranjestad. Interesting sights include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors To visit our page about attractions, navigate to this page.

The following chart has some details regarding a firm that can help you have a great time sightseeing.

Sightseeing Services In Oranjestad
Name Type Phone Location
Aruba Kayak Adventure Kayaking Service (297) 582-5520 Downtown Oranjestad
Aruba Motorcycle Tours & Rentals Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 641-7818 Jaburibari, 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Aruba Walking Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-0112 Downtown Oranjestad
Atlantis Submarines Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 522-4400 Downtown Oranjestad
Banana Bus Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 593-0757 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
De Palm Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-4400 1.0 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Fantasy Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 592-4737 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Kini Kini Transfer & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 583-3633 0.5 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Seaworld Explorer Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 522-4400 Downtown Oranjestad

Snorkeling

Atlantis Submarines

If you enjoy snorkeling there's good news -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Oranjestad. To read our detailed page about local snorkeling opportunities, visit this page.

Spas

Relaxing in a spa could be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you'll be pleased to discover there are a few in this area. Anyone needing to find out more about this topic can do so by clicking on this link.

Tennis

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

If you like to play tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn more about the property.

Accommodations with Tennis Near Oranjestad
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Costa Linda Beach Resort Eagle Beach, 2.9 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad 2 check
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort 2.3 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad 3 check
Casa Del Mar Resort Manchebo, 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad 4

For instance, Costa Linda Beach Resort is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

The chart right below offers a few details regarding other activities.

Other Activities In Oranjestad
Name Type Phone Location
Arawa Waterpark Amusement/Theme Park (297) 592-6658 Moko, 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Casa di Cultura Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (297) 582-1010 1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad
Parkietenbos Paintball Field Paint Ball Excursion Operator -- Perkietenbos, 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad
Rancho la Ponderosa Horseback Riding Site (297) 594-8884 2.4 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Trinidad Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- 1.1 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad
YMCA Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 582-3072 1.0 mi. East of Downtown Oranjestad
 

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