Oranjestad which translated means “Orange city” is the capital and largest city of Aruba. Oranjestad is often referred to by locals as “Playa”. If you want to explore Oranjestad Aruba because you don’t know what to do in Aruba, then you came to the right place!
1) I LOVE ARUBA SIGN
The large size sign “I love Aruba” that can be found on the lawn by the Aruba Parliament Building is the most photographed spot in Oranjestad Aruba (and probably all of Aruba). From early in the morning until late in the evening, you may see all groups of people, couples, friends, family and even wedding couples getting their special pictures shot here.
2) UNDERWATER TOUR
Joining an underwater trip by semi-submarine, real submarine, or sea trek is one of the top tourist attractions in Oranjestad Aruba. You will experience vivid slow motion animations of tropical fish weaving, old shipwrecks, stunning coral reefs, and much more. When you join the tour, remember to bring your finest camera for the greatest underwater photography!
3) ROYAL PLAZA
When you see the Royal Plaza Mall building, you might imagine it is a gigantic golden-pink-decorated birthday cake, but it is actually a large shopping mall in downtown Oranjestad, with a wide range of specialty venues and shops. If you don’t know what to do in Aruba, take a walk to admire its architecture or shop at the Royal Plaza.
4) DOWNTOWN TROLLEY
Tourists and residents alike use the Oranjestad iconic trolley to get around the city. Getting about the city has never been easier or more enjoyable. The tram runs through the main street, which has been completely rebuilt and transformed into an attractive pedestrian mall.
5) THE BUTTERFLY FARM
A visit to Aruba’s Butterfly Farm in Oranjestad Aruba, is an extraordinary experience with nature in all its beauty and richness, which tourists and residents alike cannot overlook. This tropical garden is home to a variety of colorful and gorgeous butterflies, and the kids are always enthralled by the experience.
6) PALM BEACH
Palm Beach is Oranjestad Aruba’s most famous and trendiest beach; the long stretch of sand is ideal for water sports, relaxing at a beach club, eating at several beach restaurants, shopping, and listening to live music in the evening.
7) DONKEY SANCTUARY
Horses are well-known for their ability to alleviate stress, but what about donkeys? For 500 years, donkeys have been a part of Aruba’s history and culture. With its affectionate donkeys, the Donkey Sanctuary in Aruba has given new meaning to the science of “horse therapy.” At the sanctuary, you can hug or feed the donkey by hand.
8) FORT ZOUTMAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
When it comes to learning something new while traveling, history is crucial. The Historical Museum of Aruba is situated in two of Aruba’s oldest structures; the Fort Zoutman (constructed in 1798) and the Willem III Tower (built in 1868). Both towers have been protected monuments since 2011 and serve as testimonies to Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad’s, long history and wealth.
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