Protestant Church (Wilheminastraat 1, Oranjestad) – this is Aruba’s oldest house of worship (built in 1846). Looming above a terracotta tile roof, the square tower, decorated with stars, hearts, and wooden shutters, reminds visitors of Pennsylvania Dutch country.
Fort Zoutman Historical Museum and Willem III Tower (Fort Zoutmanstraat 4, Oranjestad) – built in 1798 to defend the island against pirates, this old Dutch fortress acts as the location for the Historical Museum of Aruba. The museum’s exhibit traces Aruba’s history from the settlement of the ancient Caiquetio Indians to Spanish and then Dutch […]
Beth Israel Synagogue (Adriaan Lacle Blvd. 2, Oranjestad) – this house of worship was built for Jews (mainly merchants) who came during the early 20th century, when the oil refinery industry took hold in Aruba. It attracted worshippers from other parts of the Caribbean and Europe (including at one point World War II Holocaust survivors). […]
Alto Vista Chapel (Alto Vista, Noord — near Aruba’s north coast) – a.k.a. the Pilgrim’s Church, this house of worship was established over 250 years ago by a Venezuelan missionary (just northeast of the town called Noord). This also happens to be the first Roman Catholic Church established in Aruba. The church is located on […]
Quadirikiri and Fontein Caves (Arikok National Park, San Fuego 70, Aruba) – these two caves, located within Arikok National Park, are worth a visit simply for their ancient Indian paintings. Visitors are welcome to explore these caves – they must be aware that hundreds of (harmless) nocturnal bats inhabit them.
National Archaeological Museum of Aruba (Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad) – this museum offers a look into the lives of Aruba’s early inhabitants. The collection of artifacts seen here includes farm tools, Indian artifacts, pottery, glass and art, and even a few skeletons. A team of professional archaeologists is among the museum’s staff members, whose job is […]
De Olde Molen (L.G. Smith Blvd. 330, Palm Beach) – since Aruba is a Dutch possession, it’s natural that a windmill would be found somewhere on the island. This windmill was originally built in Holland back in 1804, and was reconstructed in Aruba – piece by piece – in 1960. “De Olde Molen” is Dutch […]
Bushiribana (North Coast) – like the California Gold Rush, a similar phenomenon took place in this part of Aruba during the mid-1800s, when small mines like this one were built. The ruins of this mine are a reminder of that period. Because of its remote location, visitors arrive via rented 4×4 vehicles or horseback. During […]
Arikok National Park Foundation (San Fuego 70, Aruba) – this wildlife park covers 20% of Aruba and exists to conserve the island’s natural environment. Fortunately for tourists, the park’s entrance has a variety of facilities, such as a park exhibit, an information booth, bathrooms, a café & souvenir shop, and a media room. There are […]