Oranjestad Travel Guide

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With its charming Dutch-colonial architecture, Oranjestad (pop. 30,000) is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Be sure to walk along the harbor, where Venezuelan ships sell fresh fish, produce and spices at a waterfront market. Other sights include the 17th century Fort Zouman, the Archaeological museum and the Numismatic museum. Across from the fort is Wilhelmina Park, a seaside park off L. G. Smith Boulevard (just east of the town square) that has pleasant gardens and a statue of the Queen Mother. Allow about two hours to see downtown Oranjestad.

Outside Oranjestad are a few other attractions worth visiting. For a panoramic view of the island, we suggest climbing to the top of Hooiberg (the Haystack), located 6 mi/10 km east of Oranjestad. See the Around Oranjestad section to learn more what to see outside the city.

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