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Affectionately known as ‘One Happy Island’, Aruba is adored by locals and visitors alike. Being just 178.9 km² means that the island is easily navigable with a rental car and it would be difficult to imagine a more compelling place to explore. Picture driving around a national park brimming with unique wildlife or traversing miles of gorgeous sandy beaches.

Envisage basking in the gorgeous sunlight that the island is known for or taking a visit into the city center to learn a little about the island’s heritage. There is no way you will not fall in love with Aruba, but when you discover the unique spots of the island by car, you will be absolutely enchanted by the magic of the island. A good place to start is its capital, Oranjestad.

What to See in Oranjestad

Here is a fun fact: If you visit Aruba ten years in a row, you will receive an award and a shout out in the local paper. After traveling around this charismatic island, it is easy to imagine a paper completely full of names of tourists who have visited Aruba year after year. There is just so much to explore and so many unique activities to enjoy in Oranjestad and Aruba.

In the same way that many major cities have multiple museums, Oranjestad is home to various animal sanctuaries, where you can learn about the diverse animal population of Aruba. The Aruban Donkey Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization with the intention of saving the many donkeys that call Aruba home. Alternatively, you can check out the Aruba Ostrich Farm, which will give you lots of intriguing facts about the birds and a chance to see them up close. If you are more into colorful animals, check out the Aruba butterfly farm, which has a plethora of stunning animals and plants. Also, do not forget to visit the fantastic Arikok National Park, hosting many types of animal and caves and sand dunes. Around 20 percent of the island is taken up by this stunning park and it is easily reachable from Oranjestad.

There is plenty more in Aruba for the adventurous, such as windsurfing, scuba diving, and hiking to name a few. However, if kicking back and relaxing is more your thing, be sure not to miss the famous beaches around Oranjestad. Eagle Beach is possibly the most famous and maybe the most beautiful one, although strong contenders are Palm Beach and Baby Beach. One thing is certain: should you be after golden sands, clear skies, and beautiful waters, you will find your perfect beach near Oranjestad.

While Aruba certainly makes for a postcard-perfect location, do not forget to engage in the culture and history of the island and city as well. The National Archaeological Museum demonstrates Indigenous History before the Europeans settled on the island, and every Tuesday sees the Bon Bini Festival. It literally means ‘welcome’ in the native language. With traditional costumes, drums, local craft, food, and drinks, the festival perfectly microcosms the gloriously happy and eternally sunny island of Aruba. It is exactly this spirit that will steal your heart and make you come to visit over and over.

Car Rental with Orbitz

In case you want to make the most of your island trip and drive around to its many beaches and sights, visit us to choose the rental car that has all that you require. With Orbitz’s low rates and large array of vehicles, you’re guaranteed to have the safest and most enjoyable Aruba driving experience at the best possible price. Stop by after your arrival at Queen Beatrix International Airport and get your car key right there and then.