Destination guide

Oranjestad: a Caribbean destination like no other

Oranjestad, the capital of the tiny island of Aruba, has long been a magnet for those looking for a slice of history to complement their Caribbean beach vacation. Other than when the cruise ships hit the docks, the town is surprisingly low-key. The colorful colonial Dutch architecture is exquisite, as is the park which hugs the waterfront. When you stay at an Oranjestad vacation rental, you can listen to the sounds of Aruba at the weekly Bon Bini Festival, shop till you drop in the surprising number of independent boutiques, or hit the gorgeous beaches for water sports and sunbathing.

Things to do

Dance with Oranjestad locals at Bon Bini

Aruba is awash with attractions, many of which cater to families with young ones. There are few kids that won't be bowled over by a visit to the Aruba Ostrich Farm to see the 80-strong herd of flightless birds, or by time spent feeding the donkeys at the sanctuary near your Oranjestad vacation rental. Aruba has a fascinating human history which dates back as far as 2500 BC and the exhibits at the National Archeological Museum are packed with indigenous artifacts. If you're in town on a Tuesday, don't miss the weekly Bon Bini, a colorful festival of dance and music at Fort Zoutman.

Activities

Fish for your supper in Oranjestad

You could easily while away your days riffling through the mom-and-pop shops that flank the main drag, but there's plenty going on for those looking for a little more excitement. If you hop aboard one of the daily fishing charters, you can spend a challenging day catching powerful sailfish and tuna. If that's not your thing, you can learn to launch your kite and glide across the surf, or attach flippers and mask to dive into the deep and see exotic fish among the remains of a WWII German freighter. Landlubbers can lace up their boots to hike up the Hooiberg, a volcanic formation just outside the city.

Weather

Oranjestad is a truly year-round Caribbean island

The busiest time in Aruba is between December and March, when the weather is warm and families escape the winter blues back home. It gets particularly busy around the festive season, so book up quick if you want to see some winter sun over Christmas. That said, this Caribbean island lies well outside the hurricane belt and suffers little chance of storms. If you bag an Oranjestad vacation rental between April and August, when the prices take a nosedive, you'll still have gorgeous weather, the beaches will be emptier and the year-round trade winds mean water sports like windsurfing are still on the cards.

Natural features

Oranjestad is a gateway to Arikok National Park

Other than the surrounding sea, where snorkelers and divers are treated to the fascinating sights of coral beds and marine life, there are few places better for wildlife viewing than Aruba's Arikok National Park. If you join a park ranger for a hike, or horseback ride through the rugged park made up of unique limestone and lava formations, you'll come across plenty of the island's indigenous flora and fauna. Look out for Aruban cat-eyed snakes and whiptail lizards on the ground, and don't miss catching a glimpse of Aruban parakeets and burrowing owls.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Oranjestad

Fly into Oranjestad (AUA-Queen Beatrix Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Oranjestad?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,540 vacation rentals near Oranjestad. From 365 Villas to 573 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oranjestad for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Oranjestad?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oranjestad:

  • Oranjestad-West: 476 vacation rentals
  • Punto de Oro: 35 vacation rentals
  • Ponton: 21 vacation rentals
  • Modanza: 28 vacation rentals
  • Cunucu Abao: 322 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Oranjestad?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Oranjestad. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Aruba Town Hall: 1,552 vacation rentals
  • Links at Divi Aruba: 1,551 vacation rentals
  • Saint Franciscus Church: 1,551 vacation rentals
  • Druif Beach: 1,552 vacation rentals
  • Surfside Beach: 1,551 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oranjestad listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Oranjestad?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 365 Villas in Oranjestad. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Oranjestad include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 573 rentals available
  • Houses: 265 rentals available
  • Resorts: 123 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Oranjestad?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,205 vacation rentals with pool available in Oranjestad. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.