Oranjestad is the capital and largest city of Aruba. Oranjestad is located on the southern coast near the western end of the island country. In the local language, Papiamento, Oranjestad is often referred to simply as “Playa”. As of 2015, the population of the capital was around 35,000.
Top Things to Do in Aruba
Aruba ATV Tour with Natural Pool Swim – Get ready for a thrilling ride — solo or double — aboard an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) along Aruba’s north coast. You’ll kick up plenty of dirt on this half-day tour along rugged back roads to seaside bluffs and beaches, including the Natural Pool — accessible only by 4×4. Your informative guide stops at notable landmarks including Alto Vista Chapel, Baby Natural Bridge and a stone wish garden before you have free time to refresh with a leisurely swim.
Aruba Sunset Cruise & Dinner – Enjoy picture-perfect views on an Aruba sunset cruise followed by a seafood dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Set sail aboard a catamaran for two hours on the Caribbean while you take in the vivid colors of a tropical sunset. Enjoy snacks and an open bar before a steak or fresh fish dinner served seaside with a glass of wine at the Pelican Nest Seafood Grill.
Aruba Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling – Explore the waters around Aruba aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, the ‘Arunsun’. During a 2.5-hour cruise, relax on the spacious deck and enjoy hospitality from your friendly captain and first mate. Find a spot in the sun, the shady back end of the boat or in the nets up front. Enjoy snacks and drinks from the open bar. Stop to snorkel at The Antilla Shipwreck and Boca Catalina Bay using the complimentary snorkel equipment.
Aruba Full Island Tour – Go on an island excursion, and see some of the most popular spots in Aruba on this 5.5-hour tour taking off from Oranjestad. Travel the whole island, and see the California Lighthouse, the Ayo Rock Formation, and the Casibari Rock Formations. Visit one of the world’s oldest aloe-vera factories, as well as a 75-year-old, family-run bar. Learn about Aruba’s gold-rush era at the Bushiribana gold mill ruins, and swim in a man-made lagoon at Baby Beach.
Aruba Dinner & Nightlife Tour – Visit 3 local bars and enjoy a starlight dinner during this 5-hour evening tour in Aruba. Board a one-of-a-kind, hand- painted party bus and you’ll be greeted with a Champagne toast to get the party started. Enjoy a typical Caribbean cuisine dining experience and make new friends to party the rest of the night away with. Sip a complimentary drink at each location and enjoy drink specials all evening long. Round trip-transportation from local hotels is included.