Oranjestad Attractions

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Oranjestad is Aruba's capital city and the top choice for many tourists.  From days spent shopping and beach hopping to evenings dining and gambling, there is always something to see and do here.  Of great importance are the landmarks which include several museums, but there are also sites of the natural sort to keep guests busy. 


Surfside Beach

You will find an abundance of beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. Just click on the name of each beach for more detail concerning that individual beach.

If you want to go snorkeling, a beach with that option is Surfside Beach. This is a popular spot for boaters, and with the airport nearby, you'll definitely see some planes coming in and out. Though it's not as quiet as some other beaches in Aruba, the interesting beach vibe and nearby nightclub always makes for good people-watching and a fun time.

Attractions Map

Another top pick for those who enjoy snorkeling is Renaissance Island. If you're not staying at the Renaissance Resort, you can still come to the island for $75. Either way, taking a boat is necessary.

North Renaissance Beach: If you find yourself across on Renaissance Island, you can head to the far north for a secluded beach that is perfect for catching some sun and watching the planes take of and land at Queen Beatrix International Airport.

Luckily, you will find many other choices for beaches in and around the area. Click on this link to find our article about beaches for Oranjestad.

Landmark Attractions

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Many travelers choose to visit Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is found within northern Oranjestad. Monday to Friday tours are offer from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Saturday tours run from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon.

Another common landmark for vacationers is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is located within downtown Oranjestad. Located in downtown Oranjestad, this is both museum and research institution whose purpose is to educate locals and tourists alike about Aruba's colorful history and preserve that knowledge through the generations.

Museo Historico Arubano: There are several exhibits in the museum that will help give anyone a deeper understanding of the Aruban story, an insight into its rich history, and a look at how the islanders have grown as a people.

These are merely a few of what's available. Anyone needing to obtain more information concerning other interesting places to visit in and near Oranjestad here.

Natural Attractions

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

Bubali Bird Sanctuary is one of the outdoor attractions you might enjoy. Located in the area surrounding Bubali Pond, Bubali Bird Sanctuary seeks to create a safe refuge for a variety of coastal birds, including pelicans, sandpipers, and storks.

Another attraction that needs mentioning is Aruba Ostrich Adventures. Ostriches may not be what comes to mind when one thinks of Aruba, but the Aruba Ostrich Adventure nonetheless is home to a number of ostrich that guests come from all over the island to see. While it may not be the "natural Aruba" it is still an interesting sight to see.

These examples are just a few of what's on the island. To read our detailed page about natural attractions in and around the area, click this link.


Looking for some action? Vacationers who'd like to try their luck on the slots will discover plenty of places to go in and near the area.

Seaport Casino, which is on the premises of Renaissance Mall, is located in downtown Oranjestad. Enjoy a night of gambling at sister casinos Crystal and Seaport. Seaport Casino offers some of the best odds in Aruba, especially for gamers who get their hands on a Free Play Cash Card.

If you like to play the slots, you might like Alhambra Casino. The casino is only closed between the hours of 4:00am and 10:00am.

Crystal Casino has a collection of games for patrons to enjoy, including Baccarat - Mini, Baccarat - Punto Banco, Blackjack, Craps, and Poker - Caribbean Stud. When one casino just isn't enough, fill your nights with entertainment at sister casinos Crystal and Seaport. Crystal Casino is open 24-hours-a-day, and features the largest table bank roll on the island.

These examples are just a sample of your options. Go to this extended discussion regarding gaming in and near Oranjestad if you'd like to find out additional information.


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