Oranjestad Travel Guide


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    Oranjestad is a beautiful Caribbean city in Aruba. The city’s highlights include its weather, beautiful beaches, and its many festivals all year round. Oranjestad is a place of destination for families, group of friends and couples. What to See Oranjestad is a city with a rich heritage. Some of...

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  • Talk of the Town Hotel and Beach Club

    Located in Oranjestad, Talk of the Town Hotel and Beach Club is comfortably placed close to Cultural Center (Cas di Cultura), Driftwood Fishing Charters and Aruba Sinatra...

  • Andicuri Inn

    Located within Oranjestad, Andicuri Inn is conveniently located close to Oscar Vidal Tattoos, Creative Hands and Fendi. Additional recommended attractions nearby include ...

  • Divi Aruba All Inclusive

    Seen within Oranjestad, Divi Aruba All Inclusive is comfortably placed alongside Alhambra Casino, New Image Spa and ABC Tours & Attractions, Inc.. Additional well-liked a...

  • Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

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About Oranjestad

Oranjestad is a beautiful Caribbean city in Aruba. The city’s highlights include its weather, beautiful beaches, and its many festivals all year round. Oranjestad is a place of destination for families, group of friends and couples.

What to See

Oranjestad is a city with a rich heritage. Some of the architectures built in the 1700s can still be seen in the area. For instance, Fort Zoutman, a fortified structure for protection against pirate invasions in the late 1700s is still well-preserved. Right across it is the Willem III Tower, the city’s clock tower and the lighthouse.

Two museums, the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum and the Archaeological Museum, can be visited in the city. The former shows the heritage and culture of Aruba. The latter used to be the home of the Ecury family. One can find archaeological artifacts on Aruba’s American-Indian culture there.

Other landmarks include the Queen Wilhelmina located in a park and World War II hero Boy Ecury. Plenty of monuments can be found near the Parliament building as well. This includes Betico Croes, Jan Hendrik Albert Eman and Cornelis Albert Eman.

Local Food and Drinks

Food in Oranjestad is a mixture of Latin American and European dishes. Keshi Yena, for instance, is baked Dutch Edam cheese filled with spicy pork, chicken or meat. This main dish may be accompanied by Bati, a type of bread made of corn and wheat flour. It is similar to pancake in appearance and taste. Bati is often eaten together with stews.

Sometimes, instead of Bati, Arubans may replace it with Funchi. The latter is made from corn flour and fried in butter. Funchi is commonly served for breakfast and is accompanied by scrambled eggs and bacon.

A Caribbean vacation would not be complete without sipping the popular local drink known as “Aruba Ariba”. The cocktail is mixture of vodka, tequila, rum and triple sec. To give the drink a tropical flavor, orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine and banana cream are added. The drink is commonly topped with crushed ice and a cherry.

Most of Oranjestad’s desserts are coconut or peanut based since these two are very abundant in the island. There are many shops and cafes selling various sweets and desserts so it would not be hard to find them.

Beaches

Most beaches are a mile or more away from Oranjestad. There are many things to do such as snorkeling, diving, swimming, parasailing and even fishing. Some of the top-rated beaches include the Eagle Beach, Palm Beach and Hadicurari Beach. Some of these beaches may be overcrowded with tourists though. There are also many plenty of hotels and casinos located near some of these beaches.

Bon Bini Festival

Bon Bini is actually a weekly event held at Ft. Zoutman every Tuesday evening. There are lively dancers in colorful costumes, plenty of drum beating, and local food and drink samples being offered to visitors. The event is mostly held for commercial purposes due to the influx of tourists in the city.

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