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Oranjestad, Aruba

Located on the picturesque southern coast, Oranjestad is the historic Dutch capital of Aruba, where the traditional, tall, multi-coloured houses combine carved wooden doors and typical Dutch tiles with open-air patios. The charm of the city complements the beauty of this popular Caribbean island, where the Dutch and indigenous cultures have merged to give Aruba its unique atmosphere. Today's visitors can enjoy this culture along with beautiful beaches, excellent snorkelling and exciting nightlife.

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Oranjestad, Aruba

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

The water off Aruba is teeming with marine life. You can see it all up close by taking a submarine 46 metres (150 feet) below the sea. You'll pass scuba divers, coral reefs and shipwrecks on your journey.

Other Fun Things to Do

Explore Aruba caravan-style in a Jeep® as you head towards the northern part of the island and the California Lighthouse. Travel to the 'cunucu' (countryside), with several stops at other scenic sights. Go to a private-island paradise, De Palm Island, for a buffet barbecue lunch and snorkelling in pristine waters full of brilliant coral and colourful marine life.
Drive through the schooner harbour of Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba. Discover outdoor markets displaying tropical fruits and local arts and crafts, and observe Dutch colonial buildings. At Cashero and Boca Mahos, view the famous Watapana (divi-divi) trees shaped by the trade winds, and St. Anna's Church in the village of Noord.
Get ready to shake your maracas and let your hair down on a wacky, fun-filled Kukoo Kunuku bar-hop and dinner adventure.

Sporting Adventures

Play a round of golf on the Tierra del Sol Golf Course, surrounded by panoramic sea views and spectacular desert scenery. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., every hole has four sets of tees and approach angles to provide a wide variety of challenges for all skill levels.

Shopping for Bargains

Aruba is rapidly becoming one of the most popular shopping ports in the Caribbean. Swiss watches, French perfumes and fine jewellery are all readily available. Dutch and Indonesian goods are especially good buys. As are locally made products from aloe. Aruba offers fantastic bargains on designer jewellery from Chopard, Honora, House of Tanzanite, John Atencio, Kabana, Starnight, Cartier, Concord, Gucci, Maurice Lacroix, Michele Watches and Movado.

Local Currency

The Aruba florin (AFI) is the official currency of Aruba. However, U.S. dollars are widely accepted, as are traveller's cheques and major credit cards.

Weather in Oranjestad, Aruba


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 86° 30°
Average Low 76° 24.44°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 0.78 in 1.98 cm

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