Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Fort Zoutman Historical Museum
This restored fort and tower house has gone through many incarnations—as a police station, jail, library, courtroom, and post office. Now, the oldest building in Oranjestad serves as a museum that traces Aruba’s past up through the 1920’s. For a historical perspective on the city, wander through on your own and then hop on to one of the museum’s walking tours.
Arikok National Park Aruba
The Aruban burrowing owl and Aruban rattlesnake are just two of the many species that live in this 8,400-acre park—and nowhere else on earth. Comprising 18 percent of the island, the park is crisscrossed by gentle trails passing hidden Indian rock paintings, gold-rush-era mines, and other historic sites.
With two miles of soft sand dotted by elegant hotels and restaurants, calm water that’s perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and a central location, it’s no wonder this is a popular gathering spot. It’s also a great stretch for shell collecting. To escape the midday crowds, walk farther north or south and grab shade beneath a date palm tree.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
To learn more about this exciting port, please refer to our Port Explorer guide.
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