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Oranjestad
Aruba

The port of Oranjestad is located on the island of Aruba, an independent state that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba is located about 30 km off the coast of Venezuela. This island is part of the formation of islands called ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao).

The Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda claimed the island on behalf of Spain in 1499. The Dutch then conquered the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao 200 years later. You can still see the Dutch influence in architecture.

Useful Information

Language

Dutch, Spanish and English.

Currency

AWG
Aruban florin - The U.S. dollar is generally accepted.

Currency Converters:  
Bing   CAD   USD   EUR  
XE

Time difference

UTC: 0

from New York: +5h

from San Francisco: +7h

from London: None

Tips

If the service is included, you can round up the bill. Otherwise, a tip of 10-15% is required.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
25 77
27 81
30 86
391.50
February
25 77
27 81
30 86
210.75
March
25 77
27 81
31 88
90.25
April
26 79
28 82
32 90
120.50
May
27 81
29 84
32 90
160.75
June
27 81
29 84
32 90
190.75
July
26 79
29 84
32 90
311.25
August
27 81
29 84
33 91
261.00
September
27 81
29 84
33 91
451.75
October
26 79
29 84
32 90
783.00
November
26 79
28 82
31 88
943.75
December
25 77
27 81
30 86
823.25

Where is locate the Port of Oranjestad

The port of Oranjestad is located in the centre of the city, near the bus terminal. There is a tourist information centre. It takes 5 minutes to walk to the main commercial street.

Travelling around the port of Oranjestad

The bus terminal is located near the Royal Plaza, directly opposite the cruise terminal. The Arubus bus system operates from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. with departures every 15 minutes. To get to the beach, buses to Malmok and Arashi make stops in front of all the hotels. The U.S. currency is accepted. Round-trip cards or cards for unlimited day trips are available at a small kiosk to the left of the Pizza Hut near the souvenir kiosks.

It is possible to rent a car (preferably a Jeep, which is better to book in advance).

Activities in Oranjestad

Landmarks

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The lighthouse is located on the northwest tip of the island. A guided tour is offered and it is possible to climb there for a view of the island ($)

Museums

Present artifacts and the history of the first Amerindian peoples who inhabited the island.Closed Mondays.

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Over time, this building housed the government, a police station, the prison, the court of justice, a library and a post office. You can climb into the tower by small ladders for an interesting view of the city (if you are dizzy, abstain). The museum includes an exhibition presenting artifacts and the economic history of the island.

Nature

Natural Bridge

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These bridges were naturally formed by erosion. Although the original bridge collapsed in 2005, a smaller bridge is still intact. You can see this natural curiosity on the east coast while taking a tour of the island.

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In this nature reserve, you can observe the local flora and fauna, visit caves, or bask on one of its beaches. For a guided tour, you must book at least one day in advance. There is an entry fee to the park.

For birdwatchers, access to this site is free.

Activities

Casinos

Aruba has nearly a dozen casinos, mainly in hotels. Near the port you will find Crystal Casino and Seaport Casino.

Family activities

Easily accessible by bus. A guided tour is offered with the entrance fee. It is advisable to wear bright colors to attract butterflies.

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Take an exciting voyage to the depths of 130 feet below the Caribbean sea.

Beaches

Snorkeling

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Baby Beach is protected by a rampart and is therefore perfect for beginners. In addition, a bus goes directly there. For experts, Bachelor’s Beach is covered in coral.

Palm Beach

The most popular and very touristy beach near the big hotels and casinos. Buses 10, 10A or 10B get there from Oranjestad in 15 minutes.

Eagle Beach

Quieter, this beautiful beach offers fewer services. Buses 10, 10A or 10B get there from Oranjestad in 10 minutes.

Excursions in Oranjestad

Aruba is known for its beaches, casinos and duty-free shopping. Golf lovers will also find their way here.

  • 2-hour tours of the island are offered at the port for approximately $20 USD.
  • A walking tour of Oranjestad will allow you to learn more about the history of the island and visit its main points of interest. Bookings can be made online and tour starts near Diamond’s International.

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