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Sightseeing


There is a lot to see on Aruba - from the historical sites in the capital and key points on the island - to the unspoilt natural world away from the main town. We work with Aruba's largest and most experienced tour company who have a very wide choice of guided tours, activities and excursions, to suit all interests. There are numerous sightseeing tours available - and just as many ways of taking those tours!  Discover Aruba in a jeep, Sailing Cruises, Kayak Adventures, coach tours. You can of course go sightseeing independently with your own hire car, bike on foot. It's a small, relatively flat island, so it's very easy to get around and see the sights.



                                Aruba is famous for its superb beaches, excellent diving and an exciting nightlife.
                                        However, the island offers visitors more - a rich and fascinating heritage.
                                      There are many opportunities for you to see the various places of interest -
                                     around the island  - evidence of Aruba's exciting history and natural beauty.



 
  


The Capital - Oranjestad

Oranjestad is Aruba's capital, the palm-lined main boulevard runs along the ocean front, between pastel-painted buildings of Dutch and Spanish colonial design. Named after the Dutch royal house of Oranje, it has been the capital since 1797.  This charming city has numerous interesting buildings dating back to the colonial era.

Oranjestad has several museums.
Museo Arqueologico Arubano - Zoutmanstraat: This museum houses archaeological artefacts, pottery, skeletons, tools etc. The museum focuses on the lifestyle of the very first inhabitants of Aruba,  the Arawak Indians called the Caiquetios.
Museo Historico Arubano Fort Zoutman - Fort Zoutman: This museum, located in Aruba's oldest building (1796) houses a collection that displays the island's history through the centuries.
Museo Numismatico - J.F. Iransquinplein. The museum has a famous, very impressive collection of more than 30,000 coins from all over the world - from more than 400 countries.


Arikok National Park

Arikok National Park covers 870 hectares - almost a fifth of Aruba's total area. Along with beautiful natural scenery -  a perfect habitat for many creatures - the park has many caves, some inhabited by creatures such as bats - and some with Indian cave drawings. There are hiking trails for visitors to explore the terrain and the island's geological origins. The landscape, dominated by cactuses of all shapes and sizes, is home to a surprising variety of animals, from iguanas to the brilliantly-coloured ruby-topaz hummingbird. Many species of migratory birds nest in the park. Goats and donkeys roam freely.


Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower

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Fort Zoutman was built in 1796, is Aruba's oldest building. The tower which served as a lighthouse was added in 1868. The lighthouse was lit for the first time on the birthday of the Dutch King Willem III  - hence Willem III Tower. The fort was built to protect Aruba from the English and the French. The canons there were used only twice. First in 1799 when the Dutch fired on a British warship, and the second time, the other way around, when the British tried to prevent Dutch attacks between 1805 and 1816. Fort Zoutman houses the Museum of History, with Caiquetios Indian artefacts on display alongside of objects from the Dutch colonial period.  The Bon Bini Festival (welcome) takes place every Tuesday night at Fort Zoutman, for around two hours. Enjoy folk performances while enjoying local food and drinks. Highly recommended !  There is live music in the courtyard every Sunday afternoon.
 
 
      


Butterfly Farm

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The Butterfly Farm at Palm Beach is a special day out and features some of the most colourful and spectacular creatures in the world. The Butterfly Farm is open all year round from 9am to 4.30 pm.


Alto Vista Chapel

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The present Chapel dates from 1952 and is located on the same spot as the first Roman Catholic chapel, built by the Indians in 1750. The chapel is popular not only because of its history - but also because it is located in peaceful and picturesque spot on a hill.
 
              

 


The Fontein Cave is a fascinating cave system, with many Arawak Indian inscriptions.
The Tunnel of Love is also a cave system which stretches for over 200 m and is accessible with guide
Boca Prins is a very picturesque bay . Aruba has many Boca's (coves) -  Boca Prins is particularly impressive with its pearl white sand dunes covering a rugged, striking landscape.
Sadly the famous natural bridge, formed by thousands of years of erosion, finally succumbed to the pounding of the ocean, and collapsed in 2005. There are smaller examples of natural bridges along the Eastern coast.


Old Mill

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The Old Mill originates from The Netherlands. The windmill was built in 1804 and brought to Aruba in 1962, where it was rebuilt. The Mill houses a restaurant, furnished in old Dutch style.


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California Lighthouse
:  an imposing lighthouse protecting the coast - very popular.

Bushiribana abandoned gold mines nearby the ruins of an old pirate castle - possibly dates to 1499

Hooiberg - 541 feet, not the tallest mountain but very accessible. From its peak it is possible to see across to the coast of Venezuela.

Casibari Rock Formations Black Stone beach - very beautiful sight - the waves pounding this rocky outcrop   - and the resultant plumes of ocean spray.