Tourist Attractions in Aruba

Tourist attractions in Oranjestad, Aruba
Pastel colored buildings line the streets of Oranjestad, capital of St Eustatius. Shopping is a popular past time here with markets selling produce, fish, and crafts.

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In the far south of the Caribbean is the island of Aruba, known for soft sand beaches and the lovely capital city of Oranjestad. Aruba is a relatively dry island with consistently good weather, and much less of a seasonal variation than is commonly seen in islands further north. Its southern location puts it out of reach of most hurricanes and temperatures fluctuate little throughout the year. As a result, the beaches, and many other attractions, can be enjoyed at any time of year.

Oranjestad is a lovely city and the main population center of this tiny island. The most striking feature is the architecture, which consists of pastel colored buildings combined with a twist of Spanish and Caribbean influences. This is the place to come to experience urban Aruba, with shops, good restaurants, museums, galleries, and entertainment options. Wilhelmina Park is one of the city's main attractions, particularly in June, September, and October when many of the plants are in bloom. Other highlights include the Numismatic Museum, Access Art Gallery, Butterfly Farm, Protest Church, and the market. Overall the city is simply a fun place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.

Scattered around the island are numerous enticing beaches. The north coast is known for calm waters and a seemingly endless stretch of beach. The east coast has rougher waters and stronger currents, making it less suitable for swimming. Popular spots along the north coast are Boca Prins and Boca Mahos. Another favorite natural area on the island is Arikok National Park with unique rock formations, some of which contain Indian paintings, and a natural bridge.

For those looking for some underwater adventure there are numerous dive sites in the vicinity. Golfers will find a couple of golf courses, with one 18 hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. At the south end of the island are a number of caves which were once occupied by the Arawak Indians. Finally, if your trip falls during Carnival, there are all kinds of festivities, parades, and social events to enjoy.

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