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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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Noord, Aruba
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Reviewed 3 days ago

First of all, the hours posted on T.A. are wrong. We got there about 10:30 on a Thursday morning and it was open — in fact, there was a tour bus as well as quite a few motorcyclists and ATV riders. It’s a nice little...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visiting the Alto Vista Chapel was unexpected but I'm glad we visited! It was very tranquil and peaceful.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited the chapel on our UTV tour of the island. It is a quaint little church with views of the desert and water. It would be interesting to have a service there. The chapel I think is able to be reached by a car...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hours are not right on TripAdvisor when on Friday and it was open just something to spend a few minutes that they do sell refreshments outside

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dee22321205
Reviewed 1 week ago

The church stands alone and is a very interesting building. Worth looking at. Getting to it isn't so easy because roads are not marked.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ladycissy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had Alto Vista Chapel for Christmas Mass; this is the first chapel that has auditorium outside the building that we visited. We felt included even we did not spoke the language and our rite is different. We took a trip around the Chapel in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Because of the history this is a wonderful chapel to visit. It’s important to the people of Aruba and the location is so pretty. Amazing that it has been there since 1752.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jagsas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The chapel itself is very small, but symbolic of the faith of the Arubian people. We spent 5-10 minutes there taking photos. Then took our little rental car on to an off road adventure, starting on the dirt road right next to the chapel. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 800yanyanz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A symbol for the religious habitants, a peaceful place where you can spent few minutes for a prayer, a meditation and to be thankfull to be there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 74Federica
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The little Alto Vista Chapel was a tiny and well kept site. The inside was most serene. Perfect for a little prayer!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Cheryl M
April 13, 2018|
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Response from Bob H | Reviewed this property |
Im not sure but everytime I went the doors were open to the publice
peter m
February 3, 2018|
Response from Kate M | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was the Virgin Mary, but I am not 100% sure.
peter m
February 3, 2018|
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Response from brenda a | Reviewed this property |
I believe was Saint Mary mother of the rosary.
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Susan S
Austin, Texas
Alto Vista chapel (2 Replies)
Can you drive to the Chapel on the windward side with a small car from the Cal lighthouse or do you have to drive from west to east to get there?
July 28, 2013|
Response fromArubaAmy|
Yes, a small car is fine. It's an easy drive from the Palm Beach area.
Billerica, Massachusetts
Alto Vista Chapel Vendor (0 Replies)
Hi, I was in Aruba in 2009 and bought my grandmother beautiful rosary beads from a local vendor outside of the chapel. Would anyone happen to know the name of the vendor? My grandmother loved the beads and passed away this week and was hoping to get more of them in her memory. Thank you
December 09, 2016|
Larchmont, New York
Please Help with Itinerary (10 Replies)
I'm hoping someone can please help me put together a loose itinerary for a 6 night March trip involving me, my wife and 18 month old daughter. We've rented a car for the entire trip and are staying on Palm Beach (Holiday Inn). In addition to beach and pool time every day, we want to do an activity or two for a couple of hours, so that we explore the island and visit especially beautiful and/or interesting sites. I've looked at maps and it seems that the Ayo Rock Formations and Donkey...More
January 29, 2015|
Response fromScubaBOS|
The Butterfly Farm is a short distance from the Holiday Inn and could be done anytime. I would go there when you first arrive, because with you paid admission you can return to the farm as many times as you want for the week.