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'll discover a large selection of beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, for those who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on the name of each beach for a detailed guide to that section of the coast.

If you love snorkeling, a place where that is an option is Surfside Beach. Also referred to as Strènd or Klip depending on which strip you're on, Surfside Beach runs along the calm, pleasant waters of Paardenbaai Bay on Aruba's west coast. Palm trees can help you avoid too much sun, and there is plenty of sand for dipping your toes into. Neptali Park is right next to the beach.

Attractions Map

Another good choice for snorkeling fans 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.

Oranjestad and the surrounding areas offer a wider range of beaches. Navigate here to read our guide to beaches for Oranjestad.

Landmark Attractions

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

One popular destination is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is located in northern Oranjestad. Aloe is arguable Aruba's most significant export and an important aspect of the island's economy. Since aloe was brought to Aruba in 1890, the industry has flourished here and Aruban aloe can now be found worldwide.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is situated in downtown Oranjestad. Artifacts here shed light on the origins of the first inhabitants of the island and then tour you through the centuries to the cultural landscape today.

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 just some of the places worth checking out For more information about landmarks this specific topic, read this article about landmarks in and around Oranjestad.

Natural Attractions

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

Bubali Bird Sanctuary is one of the outdoor tourist attractions you might enjoy visiting. 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.

A second place that allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings 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 are just a few of the options that are available. To learn about more natural attractions in and around the area, click this link.


Ready for some action? Travelers looking to test their luck in some gaming action can find quite a few alternatives in and near the area.

Seaport Casino, part 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 slot machines are part of your plans, consider giving Alhambra Casino a try. The Alhambra Casino is more than just a location to place a bet. On property, guests will also find Aruba's only after-hours shopping bazaar and Cleo's Restaurant.

Crystal Casino offers a selection of games for visitors to try out, 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 some of what's on the island. Use this link to check out our discussion of gaming in and near Oranjestad.


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