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Oranjestad is the lively capital of the gorgeous Caribbean island of Aruba, a picture-postcard city arranged around a large port. There’s plenty to see and do here, including the pastel-coloured Dutch Colonial buildings, a splendid fort, street markets, museums and a fantastic choice of shops and restaurants. Blessed with year-round sunshine, and balmy temperatures in the high 20s, the city also has several idyllic beaches within easy reach. These include Druif Beach and Manchebo Beach, gorgeous swathes of dazzling white sand shaded with palm trees. Both offer a host of useful facilities as well as amenities for all kinds of water sports. We offer a range of hotel and holiday types in Oranjestad, including all inclusive.
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Your guide to Oranjestad holidays
The biggest attractions in Oranjestad are undoubtedly its gorgeous Caribbean beaches, heavenly stretches of white sand where you can try a host of water sports. The city has plenty more to offer visitors if you want a break from sun, sea and sand: you can stroll along the elegant streets, admiring the Dutch Colonial architecture, or pop into the local markets to pick up crafts and local souvenirs. Visit one of the fascinating museums, such as the Aruba Historical Museum in the Willem III Tower at Fort Zoutman, or admire the gorgeous clouds of multi-coloured butterflies at the city’s Butterfly Farm. You can also make a day trip to the amazing Arikok National Park, a breathtaking wilderness with natural pools, fantastic hiking trails, and some of the island’s most secluded beaches.
You will literally be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches around Oranjestad. The closest is Druif Beach, about a 10-minute walk from the city centre. This is the first in a string of beaches (the next ones along are Divi Beach and Manchebo Beach) that unfurl north of the centre for more than 10 kilometres to the California lighthouse as the island’s northernmost point. You’ll find the classic Caribbean idyll all along this stretch: white sand, turquoise waters, beach bars, and every imaginable amenity for water sports. Further up the coast, Eagle Beach and Palm Beach are particularly lovely although they are best reached by bus or car. If you’re looking for some serious wind-surfing and kite-surfing action, Palm Beach is great, or you could head to the east coast of Aruba, where there are several excellent beaches.
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