Sailing and Boating Near Oranjestad

Sailing is a popular pastime in the Caribbean, and Aruba is no exception. Tourists planning a trip in Oranjestad will especially find plenty of docking opportunities for them, making planning a yachting trip to this locale an exciting idea.

If you're just wanting to spend some time on the water, without the complications and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Curious what's included and where you'll go? Take a look at the table below to obtain contact information for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
De Palm Tours (297) 522-4400 142 LG Smith Boulevad - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Strea Charters (297) 600-2503 Cuquisastraat 8B - 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) South-Southwest of Oranjestad
The Tranquilo (297) 594-2173 Renaissance Marina - Downtown Oranjestad
Wave Dancer (297) 582-5520 Ponton 90 - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) Northwest of Oranjestad

If you're starting to research a boat charter, you can reserve one from these agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Adventure Sports Aruba (297) 561-4310 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Southeast of Oranjestad
Sea Transportation Services (297) 584-3987 Pastoor Hendrikstraat 91 - San Nicolas

Docking

...coral reefs, shallow waters near the coast, and strong tradewinds...

 

As you sail into Aruban waters, be aware of some safety issues you may face including coral reefs, shallow waters near the coast, and strong tradewinds. As you approach Oranjestad, call channel 16/11 to contact the Aruba Ports Authority. They will meet you at the marina in order review all of your paperwork, possibly inspect your boat, and determine if you can legally enter the country.

The process to gain clearance on Aruba is a bit different than other Caribbean islands. First, you must sail to the official Port of Entry at the Port of Barcadera in the capital city. Here, you'll have to be cleared first by Immigration and then by Customs. If you go to Customs first, they'll send you to Immigration because one of the documents they will need to see if your stamped immigration form. The great thing about Aruba is that you can print out all of your paperwork and fill it out before you even arrive, saving you time in line. Be aware that the Aruba Port Authority charges a few of $10(USD) per hour during the week and $20(USD) on weekend and holidays to dock your boat while you're going through customs and immigration.

Once you've been cleared, you are free to sail about the island, or find anchorage in Oranjestad. There are three major ports as well as several smaller marinas in Oranjestad, and around the island as well.

Considering the option of traveling to Oranjestad in your own vessel, or one you charter in a different location? The following chart lists area marinas.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Bucuti Yacht Club Aruba (297) 582-8026 Barcadera 38 - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) South-Southeast of Oranjestad
Fisherman Pier -- Downtown Oranjestad
Renaissance Marina (297) 583-6000 Downtown Oranjestad

A trip to Oranjestad can be made more exciting by planning some time on the water. Whether you decide to sail to your vacation from another country, or you just want a few hours out on a yacht for a little extra rest and relaxation, you'll find both to be possibilities here.

Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
0.7 mi. (1.1 km) South-Southwest of Oranjestad 12.5082745518 -70.0315547016
Eagle Beach - Eagle Beach 12.55218136 -70.0587415695
 

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