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.
As a developed city, biking or riding a scooter in Oranjestad can be easy. Additionally, rural areas nearby serve as a great opportuntiy for mountain biking.
If you are considering riding in the open air, you will find 6 businesses that can help you. Visit this page which is all about bike and scooter rentals if you want additional facts.
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 5 dive services and at least 6 different dive sites to choose from. To see our complete guide to diving in this area, visit this page.
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 you have some fishing fanatics vacationing with you, they'll be pleased to know they can go fishing with one of the 9 charter operators in this area. Readers can find out more concerning fishing in this area can do so here.
The following table lists more details concerning local providers that will help you get out on the water.
|Blue Melody Sailing||(297) 593-1554||Eagle Beach, 2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad|
|De Palm Tours||(297) 522-4400||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Jolly Pirates||(297) 586-8107||3.6 mi. North of Central Oranjestad|
|Pelican Adventures||(297) 587-2302||Palm Beach, 3.5 mi. North of Central Oranjestad|
|Red Sail Sports||(297) 586-1603||Palm Beach, 3.3 mi. North of Central Oranjestad|
|Snorkeling Aruba||(297) 592-6373||Palm Beach, 3.1 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'd like to learn about marinas and charter operators click here.
If your group includes some people who love to shop they might enjoy visiting some of the area's 87 retail shops. You can go to this article if you need details on shopping in Oranjestad.
Many visitors spend at least a day enjoying the sights and culture of Oranjestad. The area's sights include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Anyone needing to find out more about area sightseeing opportunities can do so here.
The table directly below summarizes more details concerning a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.
|Travel and Tour Operators||(297) 583-6785||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Aruba Kayak Adventure||Kayaking Service||(297) 582-5520||Downtown Oranjestad|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(297) 582-0112||0.4 mi. North of 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|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(297) 582-4400||0.4 mi. North 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||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(297) 582-6664||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Seaworld Explorer||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(297) 522-4400||Downtown Oranjestad|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(297) 584-8860||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(297) 588-6889||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Watapana Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(297) 583-5191||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
If you enjoy looking at fish there's good news -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in Oranjestad. To read a more detailed discussion of local snorkeling opportunities, read this page.
Enjoying a spa just might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, since there are 5 different spas in this area. Visit this extended discussion dedicated to spas in the area if you want to find out more information.
If you like to play tennis your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following information may help with you make a decision. Included is the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names to read more details concerning the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Costa Linda Beach Resort||Eagle Beach, 2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||2|
|Divi Tamarijn Aruba||1.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Oranjestad||2|
|Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort||1.4 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||3|
For example, Costa Linda Beach Resort is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
The table below provides a few details regarding other activities.
|Movie Theater||(297) 586-8939||Palm Beach, 3.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad|
|Amusement/Theme Park||(297) 588-1438||Moko, 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Amusement/Theme Park||(297) 585-0550||3.3 mi. East of Central Oranjestad|
|Bowling Center||(297) 583-5038||1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad|
|Paint Ball Excursion Operator||--||Perkietenbos, 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad|
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