Savaneta, Aruba

Located in the southeastern corner of the island, Savaneta was Aruba’s first settlement and former capital. Founded by the Dutch in 1816, it’s also home to the island’s oldest surviving home. A visit to the sleepy town offers the chance to explore some of the island’s most historic buildings far from the bustle of Oranjestad. At the end of mazelike streets, you’ll find two small beaches lined with a handful of low-slung hotels and restaurants. Blissfully remote, both stretches of sand offer excellent fishing and snorkeling. For something more adventurous, sign up for a kayaking or ATV excursion.

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Zeerovers is the restaurant people come to when they want to eat truly traditional Aruba cuisine. It is always full of locals, so you know it has to be good! The small restaurant sits directly on the water and serves the freshest fish (and drinks) at local prices. From your table you can watch the boats pull into the dock with what will soon be your dinner. For those with children, the experience of watching the fishermen and then the preparation is both informative and exciting. They also sell freshly caught fish to go so you can grill later at your hotel. Want to eat the freshest seafood? Stop by ZeeRovers! It’s only 20 minutes by car from the hotels and definitely worth the short trip for such an immersive, inexpensive, and delicious meal.

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