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 just want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. See the table that follows for contact information for area boating excursions.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
De Palm Tours (297) 522-4400 142 LG Smith Boulevad - Oranjestad
Strea Charters (297) 600-2503 Cuquisastraat 8B - Oranjestad
The Tranquilo (297) 594-2173 Renaissance Marina - Downtown Oranjestad
Wave Dancer (297) 582-5520 Ponton 90 - Oranjestad

Considering the option of renting a charter boat? The following chart shows how to contact a local charter company.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Elegance At Sea Yacht Charters (297) 586-6938 Salinja Cerca 25 A - Macurima
Sea Transportation Services (297) 584-3987 Pastoor Hendrikstraat 91 - San Nicolas
Simbad Charters (297) 586-6560 Noord 128 P - Sabana Lider


...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 sailing to Oranjestad in your own vessel, or one you charter? This table provides a quick summary of places where you might be able to dock.

Name Phone Location
Bucuti Yacht Club Aruba (297) 582-8026 Barcadera 38 - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) 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
Oranjestad 12.5082745518 -70.0315547016
Eagle Beach - Eagle Beach 12.55218136 -70.0587415695

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