Things Close Early
It is good to know that things close early in Oranjestad. Some of the restaurants remain open, but shops, street vendors, and museums all close early.
We went to the archaeology museum around 2:00, and it was already closing. Than around 3:00, we went back to check out the vendor stalls, and most them were also closed. There were only a few that were open. Than once we went back at 5, and the vendor stalls were completely closed.
If you want to do any shopping, or visit any museums, do so before 3:00.
I am not sure about the high end or souvenir shops, but the ones on the street close early. The major restaurants are usually open, but the small local places also close.
Town Is Closed On Sundays
Hotel managers, locals, taxi drivers, and tour guides all told us that all the shops and restaurants in Oranjestad, are closed on Sundays, though we drove through there on Sunday, and things were open. We asked the cab driver why, and he said, it's probably because of the cruise ship. This is very possible, that they just kept things open for the cruise passengers, because normally the town is supposed to be dead on Sunday. So Sunday is not a good time to visit, if you want to shop and eat. If you just want to come for the architecture, Sunday is fine, as the city won't be as crowded.
Not sure if the casinos are closed or not.
Driving Is Not A Good Idea
Driving in Oranjestad is not a good idea. The streets are a bit chaotic, traffic can get really bad, there are a lot of one way streets, and finding parking can be very difficult.
We were taking a cab ride from the airport, during rush hour, and the driver decided to take the scenic route, instead of the fast route, and it was bad. The one way streets were really narrow, and congested. I honestly don't know how he made it through there.
Also, one way streets here aren't marked like they are in the U.S., so if you are a tourist, you have no way of knowing which is a one way street, and which is not.
it is not a good idea to drive here. Use public transportation.
Cabs are easy to hail, and Arubus runs frequently. The town is very small. It is better to take a cab or bus to Oranjestad, then explore the town on foot.
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