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Marandi

Marandi (Bucutiweg 50, Oranjestad) — considered “one of the hidden treasures of Aruba”, it’s been viewed that because of its enviable seaside location (at the former “Laguna Pier” right next to Reina Beatrix Airport). Most of its dishes are prepared with specific local Caribbean influences, like cactus figs, tamarind and a variety of local caught […]

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L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House

L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House (L.G. Smith Blvd. 82, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Oranjestad) – this is a steak house for those looking for a upscale setting (warm wood floors, nearly-white stone walls, and bright blue accent lighting). As expected, top-grade cuts of steaks, along with well-prepared seafood are served here. This, along […]

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Café Japengo

Café Japengo (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 85, Palm Beach) –– Located in the Hyatt, this minimalist cafe serves innovative Pan-Asian cuisine and specializes in fresh seafood and sushi. Red, white, and black Japanese kites adorn the simple walls, providing only temporary distraction from the busy sushi chefs, who command attention in the cozy space. Start with […]

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BUS

BUS Buses run hourly trips between the beach resorts & hotels and Oranjestad (totaling 13 lines), and are operated by Arubus N.V. – the major public transportation service on the island (http://arubus.com).. One-way fare is US$2.30, and exact change is preferred (if you are paying in U.S. currency, you should keep some U.S. change handy). […]

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Madame Janette

Madame Janette (Cunucu Abou 37, Oranjestad) – this restaurant is a favorite among members of the island’s Dutch community. Ramon Helgers and Karsten Gesing founded Madame Janette in 1999, offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Ramon is responsible for the exotic fruits, herbs and vegetables you will find in not only their dishes, but […]

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Gasparito Restaurant & Art Gallery

Gasparito Restaurant & Art Gallery (Gasparito 3, Oranjestad) – this is a nice little eatery located within a vintage Aruban house, whose walls are adorned with artwork by local painters. It’s menu is dominated by Caribbean dishes such as Conch Stew and Keshi Yena (Dutch cheese stuffed with beef, chicken or seafood). A favored dish […]

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Flying Fishbone

Flying Fishbone (Savaneta 344, Savaneta) – this intimate beachside restaurant is perfect for a moonlit dinner in the old fishing village of Savaneta. Reflecting a marriage between European cuisine and Caribbean flair, its dishes are sure to please every palate. Mark a steady course through innovative appetizers and onto the irresistible main entrees, including Savaneta’s […]

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Cuba’s Cookin’

Cuba’s Cookin’ (Wilheminastraat 27, Oranjestad) — this fun restaurant is located in an old farmhouse. Original artwork captures scenes of Cuban street life while up-tempo music keeps the warm staff smiling each night. Sip a mojito (a traditional Cuban cocktail), and start with the plantain chips, great with the muy picante (very hot) salsa. Your […]

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Bucaneer

Bucaneer (Gasparito 11C, Noord) — You may get the feeling you’re dining below the deck of a sunken ship, as 12 large aquariums with colorful fish surround you. This restaurant’s unique decor creates a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Bucaneer’s second dining room resembles an underwater cave, complete with a 5,000-gallon sea water tank, unseen elsewhere. […]

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Aqua Grill

Aqua Grill (J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 374, Palm Beach) — set in a contemporary decor combining the traditions of a New England fish house with the ease and character of the Caribbean, Aqua Grill is Aruba’s premier seafood sensation featuring fresh local catches, delicacies from waters abroad like live Maine lobster, the island’s largest raw bar, […]