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 excellent bars. Kids will love the inflatable water park just offshore, which offers swings, slides, monkey bars, climbing walls and a free-floating catapult.

It's only steps from the airport, so planes taking off and landing will give you something to look at (for better or for worse).

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1. Wilhelmina Park

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

2. Aruba Historical Museum

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3. Fort Zoutman

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4. Dr Eloy Arends House

0.89 MILES

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.

5. Aruba Archaeological Museum

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6. Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory

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7. Hooiberg

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8. Casibari Rock Formation

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