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 like the idea of feeling the wind on your face as you move along, you will encounter a variety of different rental agencies that can help make it happen. For more details about this topic, navigate to this page, about bike and scooter rentals.
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.
There are 4 dive operators and at least 11 interesting dive sites to choose from. To navigate to our full guide to scuba diving in this area, read this article.
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.
Avid fishermen love this area, as suggested by the existence of 9 charter fishing services in this area. Navigate here to view our discussion of this topic.
Want to play some golf on vacation? There are a pair of area golf courses. The area courses are The Links at Divi Aruba Golf Course and Tierra Del Sol Golf Course. For a detailed guide to the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more all you have to do is click on the course name. To learn about more golf courses throughout Aruba, go to this article.
Take some time to look through the following chart for a listing of firms that will enable you to get out on the open water.
|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 want to learn about charter operators and area marinas visit this page.
If you have some avid shoppers in your group, they can browse some of the 87 retail shops in the area. If you want to know more about shopping in Oranjestad, you can do so by clicking on this link.
Many visitors spend at least a day experiencing the sights and sounds of Oranjestad. Interesting sights include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. To read about other area sightseeing attractions, go to this page.
Information about a firm that will help you have a great time sightseeing can be found in the table below.
|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 are thinking about snorkeling on your vacation you're in luck -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in Oranjestad. To learn more about snorkeling opportunities, visit this page.
Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 5 spas located in this area. To learn more about the options, check out this page.
If you want to play some tennis your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The information that follows can help clarify your options. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lights are available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to read about other aspects of the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Costa Linda Beach Resort||Eagle Beach, 2.9 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||2|
|Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort||2.3 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||3|
|Casa Del Mar Resort||Manchebo, 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad||4|
For example, Costa Linda Beach Resort is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
Details concerning many other activities are listed down below.
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(297) 588-7715||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Amusement/Theme Park||(297) 588-1438||Moko, 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Watersports Operator||(297) 586-3735||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(297) 588-3555||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Billiard Hall||(297) 582-7654||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(297) 588-3562||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Paint Ball Excursion Operator||--||Perkietenbos, 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||1.1 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(297) 582-3072||0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
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