In the southern Caribbean Sea lies this little gem, one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It’s dry, arid climate and reliably warm, sunny weather has made it a popular destination for vacation-goers.
How to Get to Oranjestad
Your ship will dock in one of two major ports, Barcadera or Playa. Downtown Oranjestad is only a ten minute walk from the pier. The bulk of businesses are concentrated around the Caya G. F. Betico Croes, or Main Street. Shops are also located along Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard, which is in closer proximity to the docks.
One Day on Aruba
Come along on the Island Tour Excursion, which includes stops for nature and history lovers. The Natural Bridge is formed of coral limestone and is one of the largest natural bridges in the world. See the old cities of Savaneta and San Nicolas, former capitals of the island. Or, you can marvel at the Ayo Rock formation and Cave, which display some of the oldest Arawak Indian drawings on the island. For a deeper look into the economy and local products of Arbua, try the Essense of Aruba shore excursion. Participants are educated in the history and process of Aruba’s signature aloe industry, cigar factory, and beer and rum production.
Although the official language of Aruba is Dutch, most locals speak English and Spanish as well. The official currency is the Aruban Florin, but US dollars are accepted everywhere and ATM machines are conveniently located around the island. Most cruise ship lines make stops in Oranjestad, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney, and Holland.