Why choose a cruise to Oranjestad?
Boasting the most repeat visitors of any of the Caribbean islands, Aruba is THE spot for year-round amazing weather, and the hospitality is second to none.
With a host of fabulous beaches, varied shopping options and plenty of activities for thrill seekers, there is so much more to a cruise to Oranjestad than just sunbathing. The local cuisine is eclectic, taking influences from many cultures, leading to exciting mealtimes and plenty of choice.
Suited equally to families, couples or solo adventurers, Oranjestad is the gateway to fun in the sun.
A guide to Oranjestad’s hotspots
Beach lovers won’t want to miss the chance to spend a few hours on Eagle Beach; one of Aruba’s most picturesque and idyllic stretches of sand. Picturesque, calm and placid, this beach is great for everyone and there are loungers available to hire, as well as leafy palms that offer shade. There are plenty of water sports to try here as well.
Shopping fanatics should head to the Renaissance Mall and nearby Marketplace. Showcasing a range of designer and local treasures, the souvenir potential in both of these retail spots is excellent, as are the eateries. The main street in Oranjestad has recently added a tram, which is free to use and takes weary shoppers from one end to the other with ease.
When it comes to food in Aruba, as you might expect, it is incredible. Believing that a ‘full belly makes for a happy heart’, restaurant owners on the island have sought to offer a fantastic array of culinary treats – the best advice is to eat as the locals do. With this in mind, Antesala Café is a lunchtime favourite that serves up a selection of cakes, while Gelatissimo Bistro is the best choice for authentic Italian-style ice cream. For an evening meal, Saco di Felipe is a foodie paradise, offering authentic Aruban concoctions.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Oranjestad
The best time to visit Oranjestad
Being outside the hurricane belt, Oranjestad is at little risk of bad weather, but April to August is generally considered to be the best time to visit, as prices can be lower.
January to March will offer very clement and enjoyable weather, but this is a popular time to travel, meaning that prices can be higher.
Oranjestad enjoys a balmy average temperature of 28°C all year, so cold weather won’t be a concern.
Did you know?
- Aruba has one of the most multicultural populations in the world
- Sustainability is a big concern in Aruba and it aims to source all of its energy from renewable sources in just 10 years’ time
- Aruba is considered to be the wreck-diving capital of the Caribbean