Reading about an area before traveling to it is one method by which visitors become aware of the culture and history of an area, determine what it is they would like to see and do on their vacation and increase excitement about the trip.  Books about the area surrounding Oranjestad include:

Travel Guides:

Other reading:

  • “Aruba: The Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise” by Dave Holloway, R. Stephanie Good and Larry Garrison.  Currently the most popular book relating to Aruba, this is the true story of a young girl who disappeared during a trip to Aruba.  This is not for the faint of heart or the easily scared, but it does give a lot of information about the Oranjestad area.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595...
  • “Contemporary Caribbean Cultures and Societies in a Global Context” by Teresita Martinez-Vergne and Franklin Knight offers more of a scholarly look at the area.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0807...
  • “CRUDE: A Story of Passion in Aruba” by Laura Carabello is a frivolous romantic read perfect for getting in the mood for a trip to Oranjestad.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1424...