Oranjestad, Aruba / Caribbean
Oranjestad is the capital of the Caribbean island of Aruba. With 30,000 inhabitants, it is also the largest city on the island.
As early as 1796 the Fort Zoutman was founded by the Dutch. Shortly after this time, the first houses were built in this area. Since that time, Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba. Aruba belonged until 1985 to the Dutch Antilles.
The main attractions in Oranjestad are the Fort Zoutman, the Willem III. Tower, the Schooner Port with many duty-free shops and different possibilities to practice sport and the Wilhelminastraat, a very varied shopping street.
The city is also worth visiting for its unique architecture (mainly in the old town). At first sight you can see the Dutch influence on the colorful, ornate, airy and tall buildings. The whole old town has a Dutch-Caribbean flair, as it probably existed in the colonial era.