The construction of this town started in 1796. The first facility built was called the fort named Zoutman. The fort has survived till our days, so one can easily visit it. Around it were built residential areas. Oranjestad expanded its territory steadily, and eventually became the largest city of Aruba. Today this is a well-known beach resort that attracts its guests by picturesque beaches and amazing natural landscapes.
Small colorful houses that make up the majority of the buildings in this town have their own unique charm, complementing the cozy atmosphere. Queen Wilhelmina Park is one of the main attractions of this place. The park was named after the Dutch queen, who has had a significant influence on the development of the city. In the middle of the park you will find a monument with the image of the queen. St. Anne Cathedral built in the end of the 18th century is one of the most notable buildings of Oranjestad. This is a magnificent example of neoclassicism architecture style. The most famous monument of this town is the statue of Simon Bolivar.
Among the cultural facilities of the town it is worth mentioning numerous museums. Visit the Archaeological Museum that will make you acquainted with its priceless findings of the past. Here you will see a collection of utensils, household items and other ethnographic artifacts found on the territory of the island. Museum of Numismatics features no less valuable collections of paper money and coins; the total number of exhibits exceeds 30 thousand.
Besides attending places of interest of Oranjestad, it’s really worth visiting local restaurants and cafes, the majority of which are opened near hotels. Here you will find a variety of shopping pavilions that will please any traveler - they have products and souvenirs for all tastes.