About 10km south of Oranjestad, Savaneta is an old Aruban town, settled in 1816 and since forgotten. Compared to the northwest coast, the beaches are not as wide and glorious; the attractions and amenities are fewer and further between; and tourists are scarce. And that's precisely what makes this area so appealing. Besides its yet to be discovered status, Savaneta boasts excellent onshore snorkeling and a few restaurants that defy comparison.
Just north of here, Spanish Lagoon is a narrow inlet fringed by mudflats and mangroves, providing an atmospheric spot for kayaking and snorkeling. Although you’re unlikely to encounter one now, this was one of the few spots on the island that pirates were known to visit. What’s a pirate’s favorite island? Aaarrrrrrrrr-ruba.