Oranjestad, the Capital City of Aruba is best explored wandering around on foot.
Its palm-lined central thoroughfare runs between old and new pastel-painted buildings of typical Dutch design although Spanish influence is also evident in some of the architecture to be found here. There are many shopping malls with boutique stores and outlets; downtown and Seaport Village are the major shopping areas.
Every morning the wharf teems with activity as merchants sell produce and fresh fish—often right off their boats. You can also buy handicrafts and T-shirts at this dockside bazaar, where bargaining is expected and dollars or florins are accepted. Island schooners and houseboats anchored near the fishing boats add to the port’s ambience.
Wilhelmina Park, a small tropical garden on the waterfront along L.G. Smith Boulevard, has a sculpture of the Netherlands’ Queen Wilhelmina, who reigned from 1890 to 1948. Oranjestad is a great city to spend your stay and experience some of the local culture of Aruba. Some popular Oranjestad hotel options include the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, and the Talk of the Town Beach Club.
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