This restored former jail and military fortress is a proud symbol of Aruba’s national heritage. Built in 1798, it’s rugged coral block walls stand out along what is the oldest remaining building in Oranjestad. A clock tower was added in 1868, initially conceived as a lighthouse and location for the town bell to be rung on the hour. A creaky walk up the narrow wooden steps of the Willem III Clock Tower offers a beautiful bird’s eye glimpse of the downtown core. Fort Zoutman is also home to the island’s small Historical Museum and a replica of a period kitchen.
The site also makes a perfect venue for private outdoor events in a colorful, authentic setting. Imagine its quaint courtyard come alive with the sounds of brass and percussion instruments, as dancers clad in everything from flowing traditional dresses to flashy carnival costumes perform an array of local poetry, song and dance under the stars, a perfect cultural introduction and welcome party for your group.