Oranjestad travel guide

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You're Going to Love Oranjestad

Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, is a popular port of call in the Caribbean. Though it preserves much of its colonial architecture, the city has a colorful collection of modern cafes, restaurants, and designer shops.

With attractions such as Arikok National Park, Fort Zoutman, and the National Archaeological Museum Aruba, Oranjestad offers visitors an extensive cultural selection as well as a stylish retreat.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Oranjestad

1. White Sand Beaches

Palm and Manchebo are just a couple of Oranjestad's gorgeous white sand beaches. With umbrellas and chairs for rent, settle in and enjoy the view of the crystalline waters.

2. Colonial Remnants

Built in 1750, the Alto Vista Chapel is a simple orange and yellow structure with panoramic views of the coast. Fort Zoutman, erected in 1798 by the Dutch Army, hosts the Bon Bini Festival every Tuesday, a celebration of the island's culture.

3. Upscale Shopping

With a selection that includes jewelry, leather goods, crafts, and Dutch cheeses, among others, Oranjestad affords an upmarket shopping experience along L.G. Smith Boulevard.

4. Culinary Delights

Whether it's fresh fish, ostrich, or tropical fruits, Oranjestad provides a delectable culinary experience. Balchi Pisca, Stropi di Tamarijn, Carnival Calamari, and Pan Dushi are just a few foods you'll come to love in Oranjestad.

5. Relax and Rejuvenate

Based around local plant extracts and sea salt, Oranjestad's spa offering includes soothing scrubs, hot stone massages, and mud wraps at its many wellness centers.

Where to Eat in Oranjestad

Gostoso serves a blend of Portuguese and Aruban Cuisine. Specialties include espetada a la marinera and Portuguese-style bacalhau. Entrees average 45. Barefoot Restaurant offers seaside dining and specializes in fresh fish and meat dishes, such as blackened mahi mahi and tenderloin and truffles. Entrees average 54-80.

Most popular restaurants in Oranjestad

Contemporary Italian
Excellent (254 reviews)
Global, International
Excellent (63 reviews)
Global, International
Excellent (23 reviews)

When to visit Oranjestad

Oranjestad in October
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Flight to Oranjestad
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Oranjestad in October
Estimated package price
2 travelers
Flight to Oranjestad
3 nights at hotel

Mostly sunny is the best way to describe Oranjestad. This holds true year-round with an average temperature of 82 degrees.

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How to Get to Oranjestad


The Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Oranjestad has flight connections to the United States, the Netherlands, and the Caribbean, among other locations. The cost of a taxi to downtown is 44-54.

Airports near Oranjestad

Airlines serving Oranjestad

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Copa Airlines
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Where to stay in Oranjestad

The Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, a four-star hotel, has a 40-acre private beach and several pools. The Paradera Park Apartments feature studios and one-bedroom rentals with private terraces, cabanas, and hammocks.

Popular neighborhoods in Oranjestad

Greater Oranjestad - housing most monuments, museums, casinos, restaurants, and shopping areas, Greater Oranjestad is the island's cosmopolitan capital.

Simeon Antonio - Simeon Antonio is the location of the annual Soul Beach Music Festival, one of the Caribbean's most highly regarded live music celebrations.

Upper Town - Upper Town Oranjestad is home to the Sint Eustatius Museum, an 18th-century structure with a vast collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, slavery exhibits, Jewish relics, ceramics, and furniture.

Where to stay in popular areas of Oranjestad

Most booked hotels in Oranjestad

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba
Excellent (9.1, 62 reviews)
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort And Casino
Excellent (8.8, 233 reviews)
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Excellent (8.8, 158 reviews)
Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
Excellent (8.7, 875 reviews)
Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort
Excellent (8.7, 103 reviews)
Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino
Excellent (8.4, 1677 reviews)
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How to Get Around Oranjestad

Public Transportation

The Arubus service stops every hour in front of most hotels. Fares are 9 for two trips.


Taxis in Oranjestad are available by phone. Rates average 16 for downtown rides.


Car rentals in Oranjestad are widely available. Rates start at 58 per day.

The Cost of Living in Oranjestad

Shopping Streets

L.G. Smith Boulevard, which runs through downtown Oranjestad, houses most high-end shops, malls, and markets.[/

Groceries and Other

Ling & Sons IGA Super Center, a large supermarket, sells organic produce, baked goods, gourmet food, as well as select wines, liquors, and chocolates. Super Food Plaza features organic goods and deli specialties. Oranjestad is relatively expensive, with a gallon of milk averaging 9.50 and a dozen eggs 4.

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