Oranjestad Cruises

Oranjestad is the capital city of Aruba, which is wildly regarded as one of the friendliest islands that you can visit on a cruise around the Caribbean.

The cruise industry has an important part to play in city life, with the port area – the largest on the island – welcoming a number of ships on a weekly basis.

With Aruba being a constituent country of the Netherlands, the influence of the Dutch can be seen across Oranjestad thanks to a large number of colonial buildings that have been lovingly restored in vibrant colours – giving an insight into a bygone era.

Modern day Oranjestad is now home to a population from across the world, and that blend of cultures can be seen in the melting pot of different dining and retail options that are available during your time ashore.

Truth be told however, many people who head for Oranjestad will head away from the city to explore the wider island, with plenty of excursions that will give you the chance to tour Aruba as a whole.

Scenic national parks, towering rock formations and hidden caves can be explored on foot, by road or on horseback whilst there are also numerous beaches around the coast that are worth checking out.

Palm Beach and Eagle Beach are amongst the most popular and are located close to Oranjestad whilst Baby Beach is great for families thanks to the sheltered waters that line the white sands.

Around the coast, there are numerous places where you an sample diving and snorkeling, particularly around Palm Island where there is plenty of marine life to see – including stunning blue parrotfish.

This small island is also home to water park and a zip line, so there is plenty available for visitors of all ages.

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