Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, lies on the island’s west coast. With a tropical climate, temperatures are warm year round. In addition, the city offers many attractions for tourists.
Aruba is a Dutch island, and you’ll notice the presence of Dutch colonial architecture in Oranjestad.
There’s plenty to do in this small but beautiful city. If you visit in January, February, or March, you’ll be able to take part in Aruba’s annual Carnival. You can enjoy fantastic colorful parades, live music, and delicious street food in Oranjestad.
However, there are more reasons to visit this bustling Caribbean town other than catching a festival. Check out some of our favorite things to do in Oranjestad below. Make your vacation in Oranjestad unforgettable!
This restored military fort in Oranjestad was built in 1798 by the Dutch army to protect the city from pirates and foreign enemies. In 1868, a tower was added to the west side, known as the Willem III Tower. After its use as a military fort, the site fell into disrepair, but was restored in 1983 and re-opened to the public as a museum.
You can take a tour through the fort lasting at most, a couple of hours. Knowledgeable guides will explain the site’s historical significance. Furthermore, climbing some steep wooden stairs will take you to the structure’s roof. Once there, you can feast your eyes on a breathtaking view of the city.
A weekly folklore fair, called the Bon Bini Festival, will give you a taste of Aruban culture. You’ll have the chance to purchase local coffee and baked goods, as well as handcrafted art, decor, and jewelry. The museum hosts the fair every Tuesday.
This long strip of soft, white sand is purportedly one of the best beaches in the entire world! It’s spacious, family-friendly, and clean. This is one beach you had better add to your list of things to do in Oranjestad, Aruba. It’s easy to access from town. In addition, it’s very close by many popular resorts, hotels, and rental villas.
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The Butterfly Farm
This butterfly habitat in Oranjestad, Aruba is home to thousands of exotic butterflies from many different continents. These include South America, South East Asia, Philippines, Australia, China, and Africa.
The farm is a place for butterflies to thrive and grow. These majestic creatures fly freely throughout the gardens. Guides will teach you how to handle both butterflies and caterpillars.
You can visit the farm any time during the year, as it rarely closes. Check out the Butterfly Farm’s website for hours and other information.
The Cliffs at Seroe Colorado
Witness the rugged beauty of jagged rocks meeting the Caribbean Sea at Seroe Colorado. You can explore the cliffs yourself, or take a guided tour. Some visitors reach Seroe Colorado by Jeep, ATV, or other off-roading vehicles.
Unfortunately, the winds and crashing waves make it a less-than-ideal place for swimming. However, it’s the perfect place to view the sunset.