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Of course, there are more shopping facilities in Aruba than downtown alone. The high rise area flourishes because of its top resorts, fine restaurants, exclusive shops and prestigious malls. But, for visitors who have only a couple of hours available to get to know the island, do some shopping and mingle with the locals, Oranjestad is perfect.
A great way to explore the capital of Aruba is by tramcar. This solar-powered vehicle is waiting at the cruise ship terminal to take passengers for a scenic city tour. Make a stop at the Caya G.F. Betico Croes (main street) for a real local shopping experience, including typical Aruban snacks and a fresh fruit smoothy to recharge the batteries. Visit some of the island’s oldest stores, like Aruba Trading Company, Maggy’s and La Linda Department Store. For Dutch linen, high quality souvenirs and Delft Blue, check out ECCO.
For upscale shopping in Aruba, there’s the Renaissance Mall with high end brands like Cartier, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, among other top quality stores. The Royal Plaza is known for its extensive and varied collection of unique gift and specialty shops like FantaSea and Bula Surf Shop. Browsers will enjoy haggling and sniffing out the best bargains at the Wharfside Flea Market. Whatever the catch, don’t forget to breathe in some of the island’s history and culture. The National Archeological Museum and the Historical Museum Of Aruba are both around the corner.