Attractions in Oranjestad

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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. 

Beaches

Surfside Beach

You will discover several beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, if some of the people in your group enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

If you like snorkeling, a beach offering that 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 those who enjoy snorkeling is Renaissance Island. This long, thin strip of 40 acres off Aruba's eastern shore is a private island accessible to those staying at the Renaissance Resort & Casino. $75 will also get you access, and the price includes lunch and use of a beach mat.

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 several additional beach choices. You can get more details here.

Landmark Attractions

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

A common landmark for vacationers is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is located within northern Oranjestad. Take a free half hour long tour and see the factory which produces moisturizing Aloe Vera gel.

Another common landmark for vacationers is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is found within 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.

But that's not all -- you'll be able to find plenty of other options as well. To read our full guide to other enjoyable places to visit in and around the area, go to this page.

Natural Attractions

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

Bubali Bird Sanctuary is one of the outdoor tourist attractions that's worth a visit. <p>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.</p>

Another local attraction to consider visiting is Aruba Ostrich Adventures. <p>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.</p>

Oranjestad includes a wider range of choices too. For a more thorough discussion of this topic, go to this article.

Casinos

Feeling Lucky? Visitors hoping to try their luck in some gaming action will discover lots of alternatives in and near the area.

Seaport Casino, a 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 you want to try your luck at the slots, consider giving Alhambra Casino a try. The casino is only closed between the hours of 4:00am and 10:00am.

Crystal Casino provides a wide array of games for gamers 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 merely a few of what's available. Navigate here to check out our page regarding gaming in and near Oranjestad.

 

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