Beach in Oranjestad

Surfside Beach

Surfside is a pretty pleasant place to spend an afternoon if you're hankering after some sun, surf and sand. It's the best, most swimmable beach in Oranjestad proper, with plenty of shade and a handful of...

Shipwreck in Oranjestad

Jane C

A cargo ship purposely sunk in the 1980s, the Jane C is now covered in coral and stands upright in 65ft to 94ft of water. It features large cargo areas that divers can swim through. Barracudas, manta rays and...

Fort in Oranjestad

Fort Zoutman

It's not much to look at, but this 18th-century fort was built to defend the port against pirates. The attached Willem III Tower was added later, serving as both lighthouse and clock tower until 1963. The complex...

Museum in Oranjestad

Aruba Historical Museum

Fort Zoutman houses a tiny museum featuring rotating exhibits on the island's history. It's worth the price of admission just to climb to the top of the old clock tower.

Museum in Oranjestad

Aruba Archaeological Museum

Aruba Archaeological Museum

The capital's newest museum is housed in the beautifully restored colonial-era Ecury Complex, home to a successful merchant family throughout the 20th century. The engaging exhibits focus on Arawak life in the...

Historic Building in Oranjestad

Dr Eloy Arends House

A local landmark – and no wonder, it's a beauty. Dating to 1922, the elegant, emerald-green, white-trimmed house is now part of the city-council complex.

Park in Oranjestad

Wilhelmina Park

This shady refuge is a tribute to Queen Wilhelmina, the longest-reigning Dutch monarch (1890–1948).