Oranjestad is the capital and largest city of Aruba.
ClimateBeautiful.... This word alone expresses the weather one will experience in Aruba and in Oranjestad. For example with an average temperature of "practically constant temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius" (according to VisitAruba.com). Although there are some cloudy days on, average most days have only a small drizzle of rain in the morning or evening, and the rest of the day is filled with sunshine. For example the average rainfall is anywhere from 60-70mm per month.
Queen Beatrix International Airporthas flight services to the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, most countries in the Caribbean, the northern coastal countries of South America, Canada, and some parts of Europe, notably the Netherlands. Aruba Airlines hub.
You can get into the downtown by bike. If the heat is too harsh a cab ride fare usually is only 8-15 American dollars. Cabs are always outside all of the resorts.
Drivers should note that road signs are in English for the most part.
Since 2013 a new tram line links the cruise terminal with the city centre along the main Caya G. F. Betico Croes street. Tickets cost US$1.
Fort Zoutman/Historical MuseumAruba’s oldest building
- Oranjestad is a fun place for water activities such as snorkeling, boat rides, parasailing and fishing.
- Shopping: Most stores do not have quality products (excluding the famous jewelry stores) and mostly only sell nicknacks and the typical keepsakes. Jewelry stores around the island have prices much lower than in the United States.
The leading attraction that Oranjestad holds is its natural beauty: the Caribbean sea and white beaches.
There are many carnivals, festivals, and parades that take place throughout the year. For a full calendar look at the event schedule. Highlights include:
- Annual Carnival Celebration
- Children's Grand Carnival Parade
- Bon Bini Festival
- Torch Parade
- Shop Oranjestad's marketplace to find locally made art and handicrafts.
- Purchase fresh fish from merchants along the wharf.
In downtown Oranjestad there is plenty of food, goods, and services to purchase.
The Paddock has a view of the cruise ships, and the lunch special state (skewers) are reasonably priced.
The legal drinking age is 18 but for many establishments this rule is not guarded at all.
The drink of Aruba is Balashi Beer. It is the most popular and most widely consumed alcoholic product on the island. The beer is brewed on the island and is an Aruban product.
phone: +297-5866654address: Bakval #20, NoordA charming property with several beautifully designed 1-bedroom & 2-bedroom cottages scattered around in a garden with a swimming pool. Every cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, A/C, private patio with hammock & BBQ, TV & DVD player, telephone and WIFI access. 150 yards from the beach, located right across the Marriott and Ritz Carlton.
Paradera Park Apartmentsphone: +297-5823289, +297 5823278Paradera Park is a large apartment resort with studios and 1-bedroom apartments, all have private terrace/balcony and aircondition. Tropical gardens, large swimming pool, cabanas and hammocks
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casinophone: +1 297 5 836000Two distinctive lodging options for young couples and families respectively. Both have pools and 40-acres of private beach.
Talk of the Town Hotel and Beach Clubphone: +297-5823380Across the street from Surfside Beach, this hotel is 1 mile away from the airport and a pleasant 10-minute walk from downtown.
In all accounts the leading and best resorts are located outside of downtown Oranjestad about 10-15 minutes north. The hotels in Oranjestad usually have a more "city like" feel to them because the town is always busy with tourists. Furthermore these hotels have top notch amenities inside the rooms that make the sometimes pricey rooms worth the money. Also these facilities have great views of the incoming cruise-liners and yachts that enter the local marina daily.
phone: +297 525 5200address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #45Oceanfront resort with spacious guest rooms and suites, upscale amenities, four freshwater pools and a variety of non-motorized water sports including snorkeling, beginners windsurfing, and sunfish sailing.
phone: +1 297 525 5200address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #41Oceanfront resort with upscale amenities, four freshwater pools and a variety of on-site dining options, bars, lounges, and plenty of water activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing.
Most likely the only crime one may come across is that from other tourists. In Oranjestad the locals do not bother or even pressure tourist into their stores or to buy their products. Also as many people experience in destinations such as Jamaica, Mexico Dominican Republic. Panhandlers are not an issue at all and it is very seldom to be approached by children or homeless people for money. Overall the crime in Aruba is nothing to worry over and it is the safest place in the Caribbean to visit.
Supporting facilities are also very prevalent around Oranjestad. For example there are local laundromats that provide dry cleaning and wash services for people, mostly locals.