Oranjestad is the capital city of Aruba consists of hundreds of local stores where tourists usually buy their keepsakes. The city also is home to some of the island’s local residents and also many governmental buildings. Along the main “drag” (Sasakiweg street) you will find most tourist walking around and shopping and can also see the cruise ships that bring more and more external tourism into the island everyday.
Best Time to Visit Aruba
The best time to visit Aruba is from April to August — a huge window of time when the island’s high prices take a holiday.
Top Places to Visit in Oranjestad
1. Eagle Beach
One of the most famous stretches of sands on the island, Eagle Beach has everything you could want from a beach: typical Caribbean good looks, plenty of shaded areas, lots of practical amenities and several enticing beach bars. Besides sunning and swimming, it’s also worth seeking out the beach’s wind-beaten divi-divi trees, whose image is frequently used in Aruban tourist literature. Don’t miss the divi-divi trees found on the beach. These often photographed trees are gnarled and twisted from the island’s prevailing trade winds and lean dramatically toward the sea. You may have already seen them as they often appear in tourism marketing campaigns for the island.
2. ABC Islands
The Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are the three western-most islands of the Leeward Antilles in the South Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. They are collectively known as the ABC islands. Their shared Dutch colonial history and West Indian heritage. These islands are coveted playground for snowbirds, sun seekers, avid windsurfers and scuba divers. The islands have varied terrain, pristine beaches, coral reefs and an off-the-beaten-path vibe that attract visitors.
3. Fort Zoutman
The oldest building in Oranjestad. Once inside Fort Zoutman, you’re bound to feel the history seeping through the walls while enjoying the historic collection of documents and developments from the past. The Fort Zoutman Historical Museum is where many of our guests get their first exposures to Aruba’s past. Each Tuesday night everyone is invited to the fort for our island’s Welcome Party or as we call it, the Bon Bini Festival from 6:30 – 8:30 pm celebrating the island’s culture and history.It is a proud symbol of Aruba’s national heritage and frequently visited by schools, tourists and locals. Open from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and after hours or on weekends upon special request for groups.
There are many carnivals, festivals, and parades that take place throughout the year in Oranjestad like Annual Carnival Celebration, Children’s Grand Carnival Parade, Bon Bini Festival, Torch Parade, Soul Beach Music Festival.