Aruba has plenty of full service shopping malls around the hotel area but in holiday season you should definitely have your shopping spree in downtown Oranjestad during one of Aruba’s festive shopping nights! The Main Street (Caya G. F Betico Croes) is named after the politician Betico Croes who fought for Aruba’s independence from the rest of the Dutch Antilles, which Aruba obtained on January 1st 1986. He is lovingly called the father of the Aruban nation. The main street boasts a wide variety of retail outlets, ranging from renowned international jewelers, haute couture boutiques and brand-name shops to department stores and kiosks selling charming local products.
The nearby Renaissance mall is home to luxurious brands and an assortment of restaurants and entertainment options. Opposite the mall you will find the Daniel Leo Plaza surrounded by multicolored Dutch colonial buildings which also feature several jewelers and perfumeries.
Not so much of a walker or a shopper? Not to worry, just hop on the state-of-the art tram connecting the cruise ship terminal with the main street stopping at monuments such as the green “stadhuis” housing the City Hall, museums such as Fort Zoutman and the Archeological museum and other key shopping areas along the way.
Starting Wednesday the 26th of November, the main street will be the weekly setting of a festive cultural night, with live entertainment by our local artists. On these Wednesdays the stores will remain open until 9pm. On the holiday shopping nights the stores on Caya Betico Croes will remain open until 7 p.m. and those in the Renaissance Mall until 8 p.m. These shopping nights are an excellent opportunity for you to mingle with the locals strolling along with their families!
The shopping nights below:
|Saturday, December 5 2015||Sinterklaas|
|Saturday, December 12 2015||x-mas Shopping|
|Sunday, December 13 2015||x-mas shopping|
|Saturday, December 19 2015||x-mas shopping|
|Thursday, December 31 2015||End of the year celebration|
For the upcoming Holiday Season the Renaissance Mall stores opening hours are:
|Sunday, December 20st||10am - 2pm|
|Wednesday, December 23rd||10am - 2pm|
|Friday, December 25th||Closed|
|Saturday, December 26th||10 am - 2pm|
|Thursday, December 31st||10am - 2pm|
|Friday, January 1st||Closed|