Oranjestad Aruba

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Cruising in Oranjestad Aruba

Oranjestad Aruba is located on the Southern portion of Caribbean Sea.  Oranjestad or “Orange Town” is the capital and largest city of Aruba.

Oranjestad Aruba cruise terminal is near the ship port, but the main shopping street requires a little walk maybe for about less than 5 minutes.  This beautiful Caribbean place offers so many choices of boutiques, duty free shops, stores, restaurants and even flea markets.

Tour Buses are also available on the other side of the cruise terminal.

The currency in Oranjestad Aruba is Aruban Florin.  Just like any other places in Caribbean, the place accepts U.S. Dollar.

20 Must See Places in Aruba

  1. Alto Vista Chapel
  • A small Catholic chapel that was originally built in 1750 by a Vanezuelan missionary, Domingo Silvestre. Eventually, the structure was rebuilt in the same location during 1952.  The chapel influenced the conversion of Indians to Christianity.
  1. Antilla Shipwreck
  • Antilla is a Hamburg America Line cargo ship that was launched in 1939. It was built for the purpose of trade between Caribbean and Germany.  Antilla is considered as one of the largest Caribbean’s shipwrecks which lies on its port side in Malmok Bay.  The shipwreck became a popular dive site.
  1. Arikok National Park
  • A park with three geological formations: the Aruba lava, the quartz diorite formation and the limestone formation. Oldest Arawak paintings can be found inside the park.
  1. Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations
  • Rock Boulders near the Ayo Village. Arawak people used to visit the formations to hear the incoming thunderstorms in the island.  Carved paintings in rocks or “Petroglyphs” are found in these rock formations.
  1. Bushiribana and Balashi
  • These are the two known gold smelters in Aruba. Bushiribana was built in 1825 by Aruba Island Gold Mining Company.  Balashi was built in 1899 by Aruba Gold Concessions Company.
  1. California Lighthouse
  • A lighthouse near Arashi beach. It was named after the steamship California wrecked near the place on September 23, 1891.
  1. Frenchman’s Pass
  • Also known as “Franse Pas” or “Rooi Frances”, the passage wherein the Indians defended the place from invasion of French Pirates. It is a narrow passage from the Spanish lagoon to the remains of the Balashi Gold Mill.
  1. Hooiberg
  • Derived from a Dutch word which means “Haystack”. This high volcanic formation is visible anywhere on the island.  A total of 562 concrete steps from the bottom going to the top of the mountain.
  1. Lourdes Grotto
  • A replica of the famous Our Lady of Lourdes.
  1. Mount Jamanota
  • The highest point of Aruba within the vicinity of Arikok National Park. Wild donkeys and goats roam around the mountain freely.
  1. Natural Bridge
  • A natural tourist attraction in Aruba that was formed out of coral limestone. The bridge collapsed on September 2, 2005.
  1. Natural Pool
  • Known as “Cura di Tortuga” or “Conchi”. It is a rock and volcanic stone formation pool of water.
  1. Quadiriki Caves
  • These 3 caves are locate in Arikok National Park. The caves contain Amerindian petroglyphs, stalactites and stalagmites.
  1. Tierra Del Sol Golf Course
  • A resort complex which provides fitness center, spa, villas and the only 18 hole golf course in Aruba. The golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., a famous golf course architect.  Golf tournaments are held here.
  1. Arashi Beach
  • The beach near the California Lighthouse. One of the best spot in Aruba for snorkeling.  The beach is a participant in the Aruba Reef Care Project.
  1. Baby Beach
  • A man made lagoon located in Seroe Colorado. It was named as Baby Beach because of its calm water that makes it an ideal place for small children to enjoy.
  1. Eagle Beach
  • One of the famous beaches in Aruba because of its soft white sands. There are lots of low rise resorts in the area.
  1. Palm Island
  • A small private island with beach and water park. It will take 5 minute ferry ride from the main city.
  1. Palm Beach
  • The beach is famous for its high rise hotels.
  1. Rodgers Beach
  • A small beach near the west side of Baby Beach. It is loved because of its calm water and privacy feeling of the place.

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