Oranjestad Vacations

The capital of Aruba, Oranjestad literally means “orange town.” Vacationers make their way into Aruba via the nearby Queen Beatrix International Airport or constantly docking cruise ships. Oranjestad’s and Aruba’s Dutch roots are visible throughout the city in place names and brightly colored, preserved examples of Dutch colonial architecture in ... Read more
the city center. See the historic Fort Zoutman, around which Oranjestad was built, but don’t let the markets and restaurants of the capital distract you from the main pleasure of this island nation, simply doing nothing on the miles of gorgeous beach.
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Oranjestad things to do and experiences

  • Dive Aruba
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    Tours, Classes and Rentals, Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports
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  • Casibari Boulders
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  • Ayo Rock Formations
    8.617 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Landmark, Scenic Lookout
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  • Red Sail Sports
    8.810 reviews
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Sitting well outside of the hurricane belt, Aruba is one of those rare utopias where the weather is gorgeous year-round. No matter what time of the year you go, you’ll likely encounter sun-drenched beaches, ... Read more
temperatures in the 80s, and gentle breezes (that occasionally become stronger winds) to keep you nice and cool. These breezes die down in September, making the island more oppressively hot; however, other than that, you really can’t go wrong. You will have to pay steeper prices in the winter (December to mid-April) when other vacationers are fleeing dreary weather back home; and if you’re hoping for Christmas on the beach, you’ll want to book your hotel months in advance. In the summer, you’ll score big savings without having to forgo nice weather.

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Oranjestad reviews & trip reports

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Aruba was amazing. One of the best things to do is the ABC tour they have a full day and a half day. I was so exhausted after the half day it was completely worth it and anyone who goes must to do the ABC tour or you will regret it! I also stayed at a beautiful Airbnb which I plan to book again! The vibe on the island is extremely relaxed they call it one happy Island. Virtually crime-free, with a small exception which they will tell you about, everyone was so friendly and helpful and they speak multiple languages so it's pretty inclusive. I promise if you go to Aruba you won't regret it! Stop saying you're going to do it and just book it already!

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Seattle, Washington, USA

I’m just off the intersection of Fokkerstraat and Guterberg Straat, or Beligie and Arendstraat, or even Wilhelmina and Nieuw Straat. I’m drinking a kopstoot—near-frozen jenever gin with a beer chaser (if I was a real traditionalist, I’d have poured a shot of gin into a fluted glass and topped it off with beer). It’s 88 degrees F, and I have a picnic hamper full of stuffed cheese, bitterballen and little meat pies. I am en route to the white sands of Eagle Beach, trying to decide between diving one of two shallow-water WWII-era wrecks.

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Evans, Georgia

A number of outdoor adventures that are good for couples or family. Nice golf courses. Very friendly locals. The best entrance and exit airport experience ever for American citizens. We went in February and the weather was super. We stayed at Divi Golf Resort and they were very accommodating. They even drop you off within a block or two from grocery stores and pick you back up later.
Small island and easy to get around. Set prices for taxis.

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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Great town with incredible beaches and nice restaurants and bars. Really could spend some time here!

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Nantwich

great place with all the different coloured buildings, major shopping areas for jewellery everywhere you look, the people are really friendly always happy to see you. good selections of restaurants & things to do

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Spring Valley, New York State
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The main city in Aruba, has changed a lot recently with new construction and shops. It is also home to some of the best beaches and dining on the island. You will likely pass through the heart en route to your hotel.

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Love the weather

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Best beaches and best food; safe island to walk at night

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Colchester, Connecticut

Had a lot of fun but far more expensive than we planned for!

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Tarzana

Colorful Dutch architecture.

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