Explore Aruba’s Capital | Things to Do in Oranjestad

Aerial view of Aruba's capital city: things to do in Oranjestad

Stay in the heart of Aruba’s capital city with Blue Aruba Rentals and experience our island’s rich culture just steps from Harbour House. Stay in our properties overlooking the beautiful Oranjestad Marina and discover fantastic shopping, dining, and museums nearby. Whether you want to learn local history at a museum or find the perfect souvenir at the shopping malls, there are endless things to do in Oranjestad Aruba. Discover everything downtown has to offer and experience the perfect blend of island relaxation and urban living.


Oranjestad is the shopping hub of the island, offering something for everyone:

  • Shop from your favorite fashion brands and designers at Renaissance Mall 
  • Visit the Royal Plaza Mall, one of downtown’s most colorful landmarks, and shop from luxury stores, souvenir shops, and jewelers.
  • Enjoy boutique shopping at Renaissance Marketplace, where you can find apparel, eyewear, jewelry, beauty products, and souvenirs. 
  • Hop on the free trolley that travels along Main Street and enjoy panoramic views of downtown. Stop along the way for some fantastic souvenir shopping!


Learn all about the fascinating history of Aruba at our local museums. Start your journey at Fort Zoutman, the oldest building in Oranjestad, housing the island’s Historical Museum. Learn about the Spanish and Dutch periods through historical documents and the historic Willem III Tower next to the fort. Plan your visit on Tuesday and attend the Bon Bini Festival for a night of folkloric music, dance, local art, and food. 

Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Aruba and learn about over 3,500 years of Aruban culture and history. Walk through the interactive exhibitions and discover the island’s archaeological history!


Discover many dining options downtown, including Lima Bistro and Ever Restaurant at Harbour House. Stop at Lima for delicious Peruvian cuisine overlooking the marina, and visit Ever Restaurant for an eight-course fine dining experience. And if you are craving something else, there are dozens more downtown restaurants to check out nearby:

Book Your Stay at Harbour House in Downtown Oranjestad 

Book your Aruba getaway at Harbour House and stay close to all the fantastic things to do in Oranjestad. Walk down the road and watch boats come in at the cruise terminal, or walk down for some excellent shopping at the Aruba flea market. Return to Harbour House and take advantage of our on-site amenities like 24-hour security, an elevated pool area, a fitness center, a hot tub, and concierge services. Find the perfect Oranjestad vacation rental with Blue Aruba today!