Tourist Attractions in Aruba
Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean and a unique place to visit during your vacation. Though it may not be known to many, Aruba boasts of some of the best attraction facilities in the Caribbean, friendly people, gorgeous weather and pocket-friendly prices. Aruba receives the least amount of rainfall south of the Caribbean, and hence is ideal for visiting all year round, and is located outside the hurricane belt, making it secure for visitors. This article will focus on some of the top tourist destinations in Aruba.
Top Destinations in Aruba
- Alta Vista Chapel
The Alta Vista Chapel, which dates back to 1750, is a catholic chapel which was built by Domingo Antonio Silvestre and sits on the Northern shore of the island. The chapel is considered a Pilgrims Church and it’s ideal for visitors who would like to have quiet space and contemplate on personal issues or to just read a book. The chapel is also a great starting point for mountain bike riders and those who may want to take a walk along the shores of the ocean.
- California Lighthouse
The lighthouse, which stands at 90 feet, was built between 1914 and 1916 according to French design and serves as an impressive landmark in the north of Aruba. The tower is named after the California steamship which was wrecked in 1891 nearby. The lighthouse provides a good view of the surroundings, including the fantastic sand dunes and the hotel area.
- Fort Zoutman and King Willem III Tower
Fort Zoutman was built in 1796 and is considered as Aruba’s oldest building. It was created by the Dutch settlers in Aruba and was used to protect the residents against attack by enemies, especially the pirates. In 1868, the Willem III Tower was added to Fort Zoutman and served as Aruba’s first public clock. The building was used to house various government offices and the police department, but currently, it hosts the Historical Museum, where artefacts from ancient Aruba are displayed, as well as those of the colonial era.
Oranjestad is the capital city of Aruba and its where the government offices are located. Apart from the city being the governance centre, it is also home to shopping facilities, and along the seaside, you will find merchants selling traditional artefacts, as well as handmade items which represent Aruba’s culture. The city features colourful buildings which were built with Dutch design because it’s the Dutch who colonized Aruba.
- San Nicolas
San Nicolas is the second-largest city in Aruba and was named after Nicolaas van der Biest, who owned a big chunk of land in the area. The city is home to the famous “Charlies Bar” which become popular due to a large number of souvenirs and artefacts which were put on its wall.
In conclusion, Aruba is home to several attraction sites and facilities which are worth visiting. Though this list is not exhaustive, we encourage you to read through other sections of this website to get an idea about the Aruba island, as well as things to do in this destination.