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Location

This is the capital of Aruba and lies at the northern end of the south western coast. It has several colourfully restored Dutch Colonial buildings. It is a popular stop for cruise ships.

The SE entry buoy to Oranjestad harbor is located at 12° 30.317′ N 70° 02.153′ W.

Before entering the harbour from sea, call Aruba Port Control on VHF CH16/11 for permission to enter.

To access the commercial harbour, follow the channel between the red and green buoys with the docks to starboard and the reef to port.

Location 12° 30.3' N, 70° 02.15' W.

Clearance

See Aruba Formalities for detailed information on Clearance, Customs and Immigration Rules.

To clear into Aruba, all yachts MUST currently go to the commercial dock at Oranjestad NOT Barcadera Harbour.

Remember to call Aruba Port Control on vhf 16 for permission to enter the harbour.

Clearance Dock

Proceed NW past Renaissance Marina to the second pier. Customs and Immigration are on the 2nd of the two big piers which has a small white building at the end of the pier and a lone palm tree. There are big yellow bollards along the pier, which is made of rough concrete and has big tyres chained along it.

A fender-board is a MUST here to protect your boat.

If you ask, the Port Authority may let you tie up along the concrete behind the big tug on the outer face of the pier. There is about 50 feet of concrete pier with no tyres just behind that tug. If you tie up behind the tug the prevailing winds should be pushing you away from the pier.

Use plenty of fenders if winds are high. Be sure to prepare long mooring lines which will be exposed to quite a bit of chafe as it can be choppy here with the wake from passing ships. It is likely you will be berthed between 2 tug boats.

You will not be given any help to tie alongside, and the wind and currents will make it a difficult procedure. Best advice is to try and arrive in settled weather and approach the dock with long lines. Loop the bollards when close enough and tighten the looped lines back on your deck cleat.

Both agencies will arrive at your boat by car, will take your forms and documents back to their offices and return in short order with your clearances.

Remember to call Aruba Port Control on vhf 16 when departing the pier.

Last updated November 2017.

Aruba Port Authority
L.G. Smith Boulevard Z/n
Tel:(297) 582-4238 Fax:297) 583-2896 ,VHF Channel 16, 11

Docking

Besides the marina, which is convenient for the town,  there are two yacht clubs where visitors may sometimes use the moorings.

Down the coast from Oranjestad, near Spanish Lagoon, is the Aruba Nautical Club, which has berths, fuel, water and electricity. Members of other yacht clubs may use the facilities, but should check in advance.

Between Oranjestad and Spanish Lagoon, just south of the airport, is the Bucuti Yacht Club which also has docking space and may have room for a visiting yacht.

Varadero Caribe right next to (NE of) BYCA, will accept visitors, but is usually full. There is a restaurant on premises and also a travel lift.

The anchorage just south of the port, known as the Airport Anchorage, has good holding in 7 to 9ft if you ensure you are dug into sand. It is a short walk into the town.

The anchorage in the Bucuti Lagoon is the most protected one. It is fairly shallow but the holding is good in about 7ft (2m).

Last updated January 2016.

Aruba Nautical Club
Location 12° 28' S, 69° 58' W ,
Balashi z/n, Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel:+1 297-583-1100 Fax:+1 297-582-5272 ,VHF Channel 68
This club has a small marina south of Oranjestad.
Water, electricity, fuel, bar and restaurant.
Bucuti Yacht Club (BYCA)
P.O. Box 1347 , Eagle Beach, Aruba
Tel:297-583-1100
Located just south of the airport.
A private club which may accept visiting yachts.
Renaissance Marina
Renaissance Marketplace 204 , Oranjestad, Aruba - Dutch Caribbean
Tel:+297 588 0260 Fax:+297 588 0261 ,VHF Channel 16
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00 Mon-Sat
A fully serviced marina (but with limited bathroom facilities). Max length 200 feet. Laundry, WiFi, small chandlery, LPG refills, 24hr security, bars, restaurants and pool, as well as other activities. Some repair facilities. Friendly staff.
Advance reservation required.

Yacht Clubs

Aruba Nautical Club
Balashi z/n
Tel:+297 823 793
'Varadero Caribe' is a marina for local boats next to the yacht club. It has a 30 ton travel lift which can take up to 20ft beam and 6.5ft draft.
Bucuti Yacht Club
Bucutiweg 38 ZN , Oranjestad , Aruba
Tel:297 582 3793 Fax:297-593-4743
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