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Fort Zoutman, Oranjestad

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Fort Zoutman is located in Oranjestad. Make Fort Zoutman a centerpiece of your Oranjestad vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Oranjestad road trip planning site .
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  • It is one of the few places with some history and culture in the downtown area. It's a $5 entrance fee with a small exhibit on the hat weaving industry that was prevalent in Aruba until the WWII. The ...  more »
  • Please Arubanos! Share your history. And love your land. It is not possible that I find bottles of beer or plastic bottles everywhere in the island. Have a little respect for what is yours!  more »
  • In 1798 the Dutch built Ft. Zoutman, now the oldest structure on the island of Aruba. As expected, it's located near the waterfront of Oranjestad and can be easily identified by the Willem III Tower t...  more »
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  • This place was interesting enough for history types or if you have some extra time on your vacation/cruise but honestly not worth the cab ride. Very small and not much about the history of the island or military. Mostly about weaving and how it was their original export (interesting but hardly museum worthy). Neat little local artist display in the back as well. Saving grace is the bell tower that you can climb and see a few good sites from up high but stairs are super narrow for the less athletically inclinded. Current cost to get in is $5USD.
  • Museum dedicated to the Panama style hat and weaving industry in Aruba. Also, climb to the top of the tower for awesome views of the port and city.
  • Prepare to pay 5$ per person for a 10 minutes musseum
  • Came here for the Bonbini festival. Great if you want to learn about the Aruban culture. Thought there would be a lot going on but it was really low key. Dance performances, a poet reciting a poem, and a singer. The emcee was awesome and taught us some Papiamento. The food was a little lacking with a few regional foods like creole fish, beef stew and pastichi. Overall a nice experience.
  • Exhibition is tiny and not very informative. The only perk is the opportunity to climb up the tower and to see the town from the above.

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A hit among tourists, Oranjestad offers a wide selection of accommodations. Within the city itself, most condominiums and beach clubs cluster around Renaissance Beach, or slightly farther south at Surfside Beach. Many visitors opt to head north of the city to stay at one of the luxury resorts in Manchebo Beach or Palm Beach.
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