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  • Aruba - Misc. Info

    N/AAruba is considered one of the Caribbean's safest islands. Although pickpockets/thefts are rare, it's best to keep an eye on your valuables. Never leave them unattended on the beach or in the car.Getting around by rental car is easy. The excellent roads connect all the major attractions. Most of the major U.S. car rental companies are...

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  • Safety

    I felt totally safe while in Aruba. We walked almost every night to the Paseo Herencia Mall at night with not a worry in the world. We were not the only ones because the streets were busy until late at night.

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  • Flora and Fauna

    Even though the climate here is quite extreme, there are a great number of plants and animals that live here.The plants have small or leather-like leaves to resist loss of water through evaporation. Other plant species drop their leaves in the dry season to limit the loss of fluids. But the plants best adapted to the climate are the Cacti. In...

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  • The South End

    My favorite place on Aruba was the Seroe Colorado Lighthouse. This is mostly because very few people know about it. Getting there was an exploration and adventure. Seroe Colorado Lighthouse is probably named for the town of Seroe Colorado which is nearby. We never did get to the town.It was confusing because the lighthouse at the north end in the...

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  • California Lighthouse

    Aruba has lighthouses. The one that most people know about is this one called the California Lighthouse near Arashi Beach on the northwest tip of Aruba. When we come in by cruise ship, we can see this lighthouse from quite a distance.The Dutch word for a lighthouse is vuurtoren. The lighthouses are probably maintained by the Aruba Ports Authority,...

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  • Food is not cheap here like in VZ or...

    The one thing I did not like about Aruba is the US chain restaruants are well represented here along with the inflated prices. Being the cheap backpacker that I am (I'll spend money on a meal for good food but not this chain garbage). Away from Palm Beach off the main drag there are smaller stores and even large one where you can load up on fruit...

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  • Money matters

    The official currency is the Aruban florin, but U.S. currency is widely accepted, some ATMs will even give out USD. On our second trip we only used US cash at the grocery store, they gave us some change in US currency and some small change in Aruban florins. You can use US currency on the bus so bring some small change with you if you plan on using...

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  • Cruise information

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Aruba forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Aruba port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how to...

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  • Oranjestad Center

    The city center is quite busy with quite a lot of traffic at times, especially when large Cruise liners arrive at the island. Expect a lot of people and visitors up for shopping and most stores will keep open even during holidays and Sundays for this.The center appears clean and concentrated, and is an ideal place if you are looking for a good...

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  • Snorkeling in Aruba

    My husband and I visited Aruba Aug-22-Sept 2, 2009. One of our favorite activities is snorkeling. We snorkled at Baby beach, Malmock, Arashi, and Boca Catalina. Except for Baby Beach, these areas are all within two miles of the high rise hotels on the north end of Aruba. You can take the Aruba bus ($1.30 U.S.) from the hotels to Boca Catalina or...

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  • Oranjestad

    Oranjestad is really picturesque with its dutch colonial architecture in pastel colours and everything is in walking distance.

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  • Great place to relax

    I simply fell in love with these beautiful coloured houses and especially the atmosphere in Oranjestad.

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  • Loving it!!

    Since the island is small you don't have to stress which attractions you have time to see as you will see all of them =)I recommend to rent a car since driving is really easy in Aruba. To me, Aruba was everything I wanted from a perfect holiday, I could go back anytime!...especially I enjoyed the white beaches, great food, the atmosphere in...

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  • A little more information about Aruba

    Although "discovered" by Spain in 1499, Aruba has a much longer history with the Dutch, they took control of the island in 1636 until 1805, briefly ceded control to England until 1816 when the Dutch took permanent control. Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba, the Netherland Antilles, became a self governing entity in 1954...

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  • Rock piles

    Although it's tempting to believe that these piles of rocks have a foundation in some sort of ancient custom or religion, our guide told us that tourists started this tradition, they come, stack these rocks and make a wish. Nothing mysterious about that!I've seen something similar at Stanley Park in Vancouver, there the rock piles were done by an...

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  • Aruba's climate

    Aruba has an arid climate most of the year, you'll see a lot of catcus once you get away from the beach and not a lot of other vegetation. The tradewinds keep the temperature from being unbearable and blows away the bugs, the only bugs I saw were the ones that slipped into our hotel room when we opened the balcony door.Although I read that it...

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  • Divi Divi trees

    They say that even though the streets are not marked well in Aruba that you always know which way west is by looking at the divi divi trees (also known as watapana) which are always pointing southwesterly, thanks to the trade winds that blow in Aruba.

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  • Iguanas and lizards and snakes, oh my!

    I'm fascinated by iguanas, their beautiful colors, the funny way they run, the fact that their tails are "detachable", you break it off, another one grows back! I've never eaten one, but apparently some people do, and guess what? They taste like chicken!I didn't get a picture of the coolest lizards I've ever seen, an aqua blue polka dotted lizard,...

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  • US Customs

    The guidebooks suggest that you get to the airport 3-4 hours in advance of your flight, part of the reasoning behind this is that you go through US Customs in Aruba so you check in and drop off your luggage, go through Aruba's passport control, pick your luggage back up (at which point you can add your duty free liquor purchases), take it through...

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  • Windmill and Aloe Vera Factory

    the wind mill is on the main road on the western side headed north it's on the left you won't miss it. it's right before a big group of luxury hotels. the aloe plant is off the main road turn right on 4a-4b road and there are signs pointing to the right and it's on the right. the tour of the plant was a total of about 5 minutes for 8.00 dollars...

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  • Baby Beach BEST snorkeling southern tip

    This is the best snorkeling we found for completely calm water no waves at all it's on the western side of the southern tip of aruba we rented a car for the day at 35. dollars and seen the island the best beach for snorkeling the signs getting into the little cove was hard bring a good map to here go through the town of colorado and stay on the...

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  • arriving at sunrise 7 am ship port

    This was our last stop on our 11 day cruise on royal caribbean empress of the seas this was island #9

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  • Haley Davidson Dealer in main road in...

    this is 2 block to the north from the cruise ship pier right on the main road on the right across from the gas station picked up t-shirt for 10 each that was on sale other shirts were 38.- 40 dollars each whew to expensive here glad they had sale t shirts

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  • Palm Beach

    Palm BeachWhite powder sands as far as the eye can see, and excellent swimming conditions in calm water. For changing and refreshments, you can use the public areas of the nearby hotels. Hotels also offer their own watertsports center. Accessible by public bus, taxi or car.

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  • Fresh water

    The tap water at Aruba is the best in the world. So do not spend your money to bottled water, get it directly from tap. Tap water is quite warm, but bottle it by yourself and let it be at refrigerator for couple of hours and you will always have the best tasting water in the world.

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  • ARIKOK NATIONAL PARK

    The Government of Aruba has dedicated approximately 18 percent of the island to ARIKOK NATIONAL PARK. It has many walking trails that are well kept and open to the public. This massive protected area is teeming with unusual plants and wildlife.It is located near Mt. Arikok and is a natural preserve which features some of the oldest Arawak Indian...

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  • DE HOLLANDSE MOLEN (THE DUTCH MILL)

    Not far from the High Rise Hotels area and Palm Beach is the DE HOLLANDSE MOLEN or The Dutch Mill. I wanted to see it, so Ilona and Herry took us there. It is quite impressive and is now used as a Restaurant. In front is a plaque which I will quote from:"The original windmill was built in Friesland (Holland) in 1804 for the purpose of pumping water...

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  • THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE ISLAND

    From the California Lighthouse, Herry took us in the direction of the NORTHERN COAST OF THE ISLAND. The "roads" which were just a little more than a path in the dirt were at times treacherous, so good thing we had an SUV. All along the remote, wild stretch of coastline are hidden coves and some beaches popular with surfers, but the current is very...

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  • A BIT ABOUT ARUBA

    Blessed with continuing and cooling trade winds and pristine beaches, the island of ARUBA is part of the Leeward group of the Dutch Caribbean Islands. A year-round paradise, Aruba is also well known for its excellent shopping and great restaurants.The island is a mere 70 square miles - 19.6 miles long and six miles across its widest point. Highest...

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  • ARUBAN SUNSETS

    Some of the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen are the ARUBAN SUNSETS. Usually around 6:00 p.m. ( at the time of year we are here ) folks start gathering along the beach to catch a glimpse and take pics of the day's sunset. The sky was usually a bright orange colour and the sun was a big ball of yellow. Totally awesome. I took some at the Holiday...

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  • ARUBA'S BEACHES

    Aruba has an amazing number of BEACHES all with their own special qualities. These are some of Aruba's Best Beaches.ARASHI BEACHThe most northern beach on the island, just below the California Lighthouse. It is usually not crowded and is frequented by snorkelers hoping to see some elkhorn and brain coral. No facilities except beach huts for...

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  • DIVI DIVI TREES (Caesalpinia Coriaria)

    Exposed to the prevailing winds, the DIVI DIVI TREE leans away from the wind and its top, growing mostly to the lee side, appears to be blown out horizontally in the wind. It grows to approximately 30 feet. The trunk and branches are gnarled with gray bark.Aruba's most famous Divi Divi tree is located on Eagle Beach. The once picturesque tree, with...

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  • ORANJESTAD

    Named after the Dutch Royal House of Oranje, ORANJESTAD has been Aruba's capital since 1797. It's palm-lined streets are abundant with pastel-coloured buildings of typical Dutch design.L. G. Smith Blvd. is the main street and dozens of shops and restaurants line the thoroughfare. You can buy Aruban handicrafts and T-Shirts at the dockside Bazaar,...

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  • PALM BEACH

    This popular beach has miles of sugary white sand and wonderful palm trees. Most of the high rise hotels are here on PALM BEACH so there are excellent facilities. Enjoy beach volleyball, banana-boat rides, parasailing, sailing and snorkeling. Hans and I loved to walk along this incredible beach. The water temperature was in the 80's and I loved it...

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  • MALMOK BEACH

    THE best beach for snorkelling or learning how to windsurf is at MALMOK BEACH. The wreck of the Antilla , seen peeking out of the water, is a popular dive spot. This WWII German freighter was scuttled in 1940 and is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean. Ten feet offshore, there are small coral bays filled with fish. The pirate ship Jolly Pirates...

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  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE

    Perched high atop a hill on Aruba's far northwest side, the CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE is quite impressive. Views of the island are amazing from up here especially Malmok Beach with its turquoise coral reefs. The Lighthouse was built in 1910 and was erected on a plateau named Hudishibana. It was named after a steamship named California which went down...

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  • WHERE TO GAMBLE - ARUBA' S CASINOS

    In this tip I will outline WHERE TO GAMBLE - ARUBA'S CASINOS. Aruba is a well known destination for gambling and boasts 11 Casinos:ALHAMBRA CASINOBeside Divi Resorts583-5000ALLEGRO CASINOLocated at the Occidental Grand ArubaCraps, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker and rouletteJ.E. Irausquin Blvd. #83 Palm Beach Aruba586-4500CASABLANCA CASINOWyndham...

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  • aruba - general

    just came back from aruba.. from 6/29/06 - 7/4/06.. it was awesome!! i would say the only con is that the island is a bit too windy.. other then that.. the trip was perfect.. the water is beautiful... snorkeling was great.. etc.. i have quite fair skin.. i used SPF 45 the 1st day.. then 40 the 2nd.. and then 30 and then 15 SPF sun tan oil and i got...

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  • Working Holiday

    Tourism still is the utmost important matter to Aruba. Thanks to the rapid growth of tourism a lot of activities took place and construction has boomed to hotel capacity.Yet the extra is the dimension of the resorts that "keep" the tourists within certain limits I guess ... it's good the Arubans do not get too close with hotel-industry, organized...

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  • Divi Divi Tree

    The divi divi is the symbol of Aruba and its constant tradewinds. This one was on Eagle Beach, near the low-rise resorts.

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  • Blue Sea

    In Aruba you can enjoy the breeze and the wheater Is very clean and peacefulMy favorite thing is see the sunset on the beach Walk in the night in the beach ,see the night and feel the wind

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  • Desert in The Caribbean?

    Very clean, relatively modern, and a prosperous island. Little sign of poverty. The water is a beautiful clear blue, nice plentiful sandy beaches and many moderate to deluxe hotels on south and western side of the island. Not the typical tropical isle, rather like a bit of Arizona desert, cactus, a few palm trees, etc., surrounded by the sea. A...

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  • Don't feed the iguanas

    You'll find these usually harmless creatures freely roaming around the hotel grounds. The Marriot Hotel has an iguana sanctuary and has scheduled feedings you can watch. So when they come to your table, resist feeding them people food, it's not good for them.

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  • de palm islands great way to spend some...

    de Palm islands, just a small islands just away from the coast lines from aruba, not far away from oranjestad, near the water factoryl. It is small but the snorkling is great.we payed 35 dollars a person for an afternoon, all included, food, drinks and yes alcoholic ones too, snorkling gear, chairs.( the food is plenty ful and tasty) some people...

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  • water!!! You will love it

    Do not buy wnater from bottles, the water in Aruba is so nice!!! Really this is not a joke, they have the secon water factory in the world and make from see water drinking water , and ti tastes realy good. We made sure we had a water can in the fridge, nice and cold, with limoens, not realy nessecary ,but a real nice thing to drink as it really ho...

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