Let’s take a break from those long, hard days lounging on the white sandy beaches of Aruba and have ourselves a change of scenery! Yes, it’s time to put that frozen cocktail down, we’re heading downtown to our island’s capital, Oranjestad!
Add these to your “downtown to-do list”:
Stroll down Main Street
You will find colorful, vibrant, historic buildings inspired by Dutch Colonial architecture with a Caribbean twist. There is plenty of shopping to be done up and down this street. Oh, and if your legs are getting tired there’s a free trolley you can hop on! PS – don’t forget to stop by a snack eatery to get your Pastechi breakfast fix!
Venture to a Museum or Two
Throughout the streets and small narrow alleys, you will find history and culture at every turn… some must-see museums include Ft. Zoutman and the National Archaeological Museum. Discover more museums in Aruba here.
Shop and Dine
Aside from Main Street, there’s plenty of more shopping to be found, such as at Royal Plaza, Renaissance Mall, Renaissance Marketplace, and at one of the many flea markets! As for dining, you will find some of the oldest restaurants on the island are found downtown. Some restaurants found downtown include: El Gaucho, Driftwood, Yemanja, West Deck, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, and much more!
Enjoy the view at the Marina
Just along the L.G. Smith Blvd. lies the marina… a nice sight to see, on certain days there are a number of flea market stands that open up for some perfect Aruba souvenir shopping. Enjoy the view of the docked sailboats, fishing charters and cruise ships. There’s plenty of dining close by too! Try Paddock Eeetcafe or a restaurant at the Renaissance Marketplace.
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