Alto Vista Chapel

Alto Vista Chapel, Noord

Alto Vista Chapel
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Built by Spanish missionaries in 1750, services are still conducted in this little yellow chapel that is considered to be the first church established in the Caribbean.
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RoadtripCowboy
Burlington, CT736 contributions
Our family visited Alta Vista Chapel for part of a day on spring vacation. The crosses signifying the Stations of the Cross line the road leading to the tiny chapel. Although tour operators stop here, we arrived in a rental car to have more privacy and time. Luckily a tour bus was just leaving as we arrived, so we had the place to ourselves to take scenic pictures. The small chapel is nicely decorated inside with its devotional candles, altar and rows of seats. Nearby, a cactus-lined dirt path leads down to the wild and rocky northeast shore of apparent solitude. In the distance on the shore were a few one room structures that we didn’t go near. Alta Vista chapel is a laid back, serene place of reflection, and lots of souvenir photos.
Written April 26, 2020
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Kim5164
Philadelphia, PA61 contributions
Couples
We stayed at a boutique hotel in Malmok and Alto Vista was a 20 min drive away. We were in Aruba 7 days and we visited here 5 of the 7 days. Why? Well there is the super cute chapel everyone knows about that overlooks the water...but there are also two walking trails through a cactus forest (trail heads at outskirt of parking areas in front of chapel), a peace labyrinth (just behind rear parking area) and mikes of beach front. Unfortunately the beaches are infested with loud mouth cruise ship people in ATVs- but if you arrive early or late in the day you will have the coastline to yourself. If you arrive at peak times, the walk through the cactus forest will be the most peaceful place you can find in Aruba. We highly recommend a visit here- it’s truly spectacular.
Written January 10, 2020
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enghien
Philadelphia, PA163 contributions
While the church itself and its position are striking, it is also a great spot for hiking down to the water (by the back of the church). Magnificent scenery and surf, even with some frenzied ATVers occasionally zooming around. One caution, if driving and coming from the south (if you come from Rte. 3, heading East, and then turn left to head north on Rte. 2 following the signs to AltoVista) don’t be tempted by the signs that come soon, to turn right to Alto Vista - wait for the next street a bit down to the right with the sign for Alto Vista Chapel! The signs seemed very clear to me coming down from the California Lighthouse, but when I went later, to hike, I spend a fair bit of time wandering in the neighborhood that is Alto Vista.
Written November 27, 2020
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Mike B
Mineral, VA858 contributions
During our De Palm tour of the island, we made a stop at the chapel for a quick visit. It was a nice thing to see, and our guide, Mac, was very knowledgeable about its' history and how it was rebuilt. Definitely made the stop more interesting.
Written March 6, 2022
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK1,401 contributions
My wife and I took in a visit this remote Chapel as part of an island tour and enjoyed the short stop off. Our tour guide provided a fascinating insight into its unique history. Small but atmospheric and charming religious experience. While your there, walk behind the chapel to the ‘Peace Labyrinth’, where you can wander the circular path in calm contemplation.
Written April 10, 2022
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cathy0725
Hoover, AL7 contributions
Wonderful chapel and grounds. Great stop as we toured around the island. You can go inside and look around. Quaint and reverent. The Lord’s Prayer was on several markers as you drove out. Would stop again!
Written July 7, 2022
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Brian K
Schenectady, NY657 contributions
We visited this place twice. It has a lot of history and I lit a candle for my parents. Just a great place to take a stroll. If you go to the back side you can hike all the way to the ocean which we did. It is an interesting location.
Written February 17, 2021
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lithlith
Michigan765 contributions
Couples
This chapel is worth a quick photo stop and prayer. But nothing that you need to stay at more than 5-10 minutes. Sometimes there are vendors in the parking lot, but there are no bathrooms. This is also a great place to take photos with big cacti.
Written January 14, 2020
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alseward53
Axminster, UK378 contributions
Our Cruise ship tour included a visit to this Spanish style church situated in open countryside. Being on a tour there is never enough time to do such a place justice. Several stalls outside selling a range of gifts, snacks and drinks.
Written February 18, 2020
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Damian94
Bristol, UK520 contributions
Couples
Small, the oldest chapel on Aruba, far away from everything. Good place to take rest when visit wild coast of Aruba. Free car park and one stand with souvenirs and drinks.
Written October 10, 2017
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