Oranjestad Off The Beaten Path

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    by briantravelman Written Apr 14, 2014

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    About 3 miles outside of Oranjestad, is the island's famous Hooiberg or "Haystack Mountain. This 541 ft. (168 m), volcanic formation, is the island's second highest peak, and is a popular hiking destination for tourists.
    You can hike to the top, and get a really great view of the island, and on a clear day, even see Venezuela.
    There is some sort of structure on top, so once you actually get there, there aren't that many places to stand to get a good view.
    The side with the sea view, was overgrown with cacti, so you couldn't see too much, but the other side was good.

    Most people get here by rental car, but we took a taxi from Noord. Another option is to take the bus to Oranjestad, than from there take a cab to Hooiberg. Getting back can be a bit difficult though, if you do not have a car. We were able to get a ride back with a local. They are very friendly. You can always find a local or tourist who will call a cab for you, or give you a ride.

    By the way, the name of the peak is pronounced "Hoy berg"

    Hooiberg Trail To The Summit View From The Trail View Towards Oranjestad Hooiberg
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Desert

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  • The museum of foreign currency.

    by Arubasun. Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Most visitors miss the museums the city has to offer. Pay a visit to the Museum of foreign currency. In which you would find currencies from every country in the World since the beginning of mankind.

    The Museum of foreign currency is located next to the University of Aruba near the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church of Oranjestad.

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