Aruba is part of the Netherlands, and Savaneta carries a good portion of its history.

Welcome to Savaneta

An idyllic retreat

Aruba is part of the Netherlands, and Savaneta carries a good portion of its history. It used to be the capital of Aruba in the late 1700s and is now a local fishing community. Old blends with new here, and the oldest house in Aruba (150 years old), known as Cas di Torto, still stands in Savaneta with the community flourishing around it. The culture and mood are decidedly laid back and a bit sleepy, and life centers around the natural bounty from the Caribbean Sea—both in terms of entertainment and economy.
Many people look for a retreat for a couple of weeks here and there, but some people have a yearning for a permanent retreat. That need is met in Savaneta with its tranquility and peaceful environment. Somehow the locals manage to protect and promote their history while fully engaging in their fishing town, yet they keep life quiet and laid back. The excellent seaside restaurants and water activities are part of enjoying all that nature selflessly gives. Real estate includes luxurious beachfront villas, posh condominiums, and stylish townhouses.

What to Love

  • Nearly perfect weather—all day, every day
  • The aquamarine, crystal-clear, warm water of the Caribbean Sea
  • A quiet retreat centered on culture and community
  • A short drive from upscale shopping and the Oranjestad nightlife
  • Living history, including the 150-year-old Cas di Torto
  • The stunning Mangel Halto Beach and its snorkeling adventures

Local Lifestyle

Most people are here as a retreat from the busyness of the world. The area's rustic charm and undeniable charisma attract those of a quieter mindset. Snorkeling and kayaking are two popular activities in this laid-back village with its proximity to the sea. Most everything in Savaneta revolves around the sea—from entertainment to economy to lifestyle. Even the Roly Bisslik Olympic Pool is here, where the elite swimmers of Aruba train.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

On-the-go people love smoothies, and at Mauchi Smoothies, you can fire up your day with irresistible smoothies. Do try the Key Lime Pie flavor. It’s not possible to have seafood any fresher than what you’ll find at Zeerovers, a restaurant on a local wharf. The menu changes depending on the day's catch, sometimes within minutes. Over at the Flying Fishbone, you’ll dine right on the beach with your feet in the warm sand and the wind in your hair, and make sure you try the Scallops Florentine.

Of course, the luxury retailers’ outlets in nearby Oranjestad are always there for those who love to shop. For those who love the great outdoors, there’s a water park, snorkeling tours, banana boat rides, and unlimited food and drinks at De Palm Island. Make sure you check out all the flamingoes while you’re there.

Things to Do

The annual Ronde van Aruba, a race sponsored by the marines in Savaneta, is an event all runners and spectators enjoy. It’s a challenging course around the island with live music and fun for everyone. The Korps Mariniers is the elite naval infantry force of the island, and this race is just one of their many community activities. The Aruba Hi-Winds tournament of kitesurfing is for the seriously brave or those who want to watch them. Nonstop action is guaranteed.


Aruba boasts dozens of excellent schools for all ages, including kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, universities, special education, and specialized education. Education in Aruba is modeled on the Dutch system. Of note are:

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