Explore Savaneta, Aruba’s Hidden Gem

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The Dutch-ruled southern Caribbean island of Aruba brings it’s “A” game, as it is the “A” in the ABC islands (Lesser Antilles).

Personally, we tend to gravitate away from super touristy things, so the quaint fishing village of Savaneta seems to be just our kind of place rather than the tourist-centric capital, Oranjestad.

Savaneta is the the former capital and the oldest town on the island. Visitors and locals seem to agree that it has remained largely unchanged since the 1950s, and locals tend to outnumber tourists.

2006 Nov - Aruba


Since staying in a treehouse is on our bucket list, we would choose the Coral Reef Beach for our Aruba travel accommodations. They offer an oceanfront treehouse that has a full kitchen, a baby grand piano, and a Japanese plunge pool. The treehouse runs $199 per night during the high season of December through April, while May through November bring cheaper options starting at $129 per night (both require a 3-night minimum stay).


For our meals we prefer to eat local and authentic. Our mouths are watering for the Peruvian ceviche, the lobster bisque, the “Savaneta Seafood History,” and the strawberry lemon curd trifle from the Flying Fishbone Restaurant. Seating is available not just beachside, but literally in the surf!

Peruvian Ceviche Recipe / Ceviche Peruano

Zeerover is a hangout for local fisherman, and would be high on our list to visit. The span of time from sea to plate is very short, so you can bet your food will be fresh. Just don’t ask for utensils. Apparently they don’t use forks, knives, or spoons.

G & G Pizza Co. is ranked #1 on Trip Advisor, so we’d be crazy to pass up the pies and wings that receive such rave reviews.


For fun activities, fishing excursions, water-scooter snorkeling, and the Aruba Sunrise Tour all sound to be right up our alley.

There’s also the old, cost-effective standby activity of lounging at the beach and soaking up the Caribbean sun. The two beaches in Savaneta are generally uncrowded, especially when compared to the tourist-filled beaches on the north side of the island.

Aruba Sunrise

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