Landmarks in Palm Beach

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Beaches lined with high rise hotels, dining, and shopping centers are the extent of the tourist attractions in Palm Beach.  For many people who visit this trendy town, this is all they need for an enjoyable vacation, but others desire a little bit of culture thrown into the mix.  These tourists can head south of town to Oranjestad where they'll find a large number of museums and other landmarks to explore. 


National Archaeological Museum Aruba

In case you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Palm Beach. Try clicking on the name of each museum for detailed information.

One popular destination is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is located in Oranjestad, 2.1 mi. South of central Palm Beach. Take a free half hour long tour and see the factory which produces moisturizing Aloe Vera gel.

Attractions Map

Another popular destination is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is located within downtown Oranjestad, 3.5 mi. South of central Palm Beach. 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.

The chart just below provides you with a few details regarding museums you might enjoy nearby.

Museums Near Palm Beach
Name Phone Location
Aruba Aloe Balm Museum (297) 588-3222 2.1 mi. South of Central Palm Beach
Aruba Numismatic Museum (297) 582-8831 3.7 mi. South of Central Palm Beach
Museo Historico Arubano (297) 582-6099 Downtown Oranjestad, 3.7 mi. South of Central Palm Beach
National Archaeological Museum Aruba (297) 582-8879 Downtown Oranjestad, 3.5 mi. South of Central Palm Beach

Historical Sites

Fort Zoutman

Like exploring the historical roots of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions during your time in Palm Beach.

One popular destination is Fort Zoutman. It is located in downtown Oranjestad, 3.7 mi. South of central Palm Beach. This fort warded off English attack in 1799 and is the oldest building on Aruba. Through the years it functioned as many important things, from police station to library.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Bushiribana. It is found in Bushiribana, 4.8 mi. East of central Palm Beach. The site of a two former gold smelters built in 1825 by the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company, these ruins are a popular stop for visitors on there way to visit the Natural Bridge, and can't help but snap a few pictures of the unique rock formations.

Balashi Gold Mill Ruins: The ruins of an old gold mill, the old site today is a frequent stop for visitors exploring the area. However, there is little here other than the ruins, so you may need a guide or some background knowledge if you were hoping for historical context.

You can look through this table to learn more about historic sites nearby.

Historic Sites Near Palm Beach
Name Phone Location
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins -- 7.8 mi. Southeast of Central Palm Beach
Bushiribana -- 4.8 mi. East of Central Palm Beach
Fort Zoutman -- Downtown Oranjestad, 3.7 mi. South of Central Palm Beach

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Guests will enjoy some other worthwhile local attractions nearby.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Palm Beach
Name Type Location Island
California Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.0 mi. North of Central Palm Beach Aruba

Bear in mind, Palm Beach has additional attractions. Click this link to check out our article about other interesting attractions for Palm Beach.


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