near the california lighthouse, there is a path barely visible which takes you up the north side of Aruba. the ocean is rampant and rocky.. I believe you can hire a Jeep tour -but we rented our own.
it is desolate and windy.
There is no where to stop off until you get to the natural bridge -so pack some beers or something to drink.
It takes about an hour or so depending how often you stop. there are clever rock piles and ocean rock about.
we used it as a nice refresher -a day trip after a long day in the sun.
I don't know if this is a well known beach in Aruba, but we've never knew it until we drove upon it. BocaCatalina is a beautiful beach along the west coast of Aruba, on your way to the California Light House.
The water there is just so clear, and the beach is all white sand. We put on our swimming goggles and did a little snorkeling right off the beach. For your convenience and for exotic measures, big straw huts along the beachs are availble to store your belongings or just hide out from the sun. Across the street while driving along to the california light houses you see some big mansions with palm trees in the court yard. Beautiful mexican style, south american style houses.
Tattoo!! The locals took us to a deserted spot on the beach where a ferry picks you up and takes you out to the party ship - music and dancing and all you can drink for the price of admittance..
It got CRAZY!! Swinging from ropes right into the water.. Woo hoo. Lots of fun.
In the 'ROOI' of BOCA PRINS, you find this Wild Olive.
A ROOI is a dry valley who sometimes by havy rainfall get soaked of water and becomes a wild river..for some hours.
We use the sand of it to build houses, it is washed.
Te Wild Olive, we call it OLEIFI is not eatable. In this ruined plantation we got a whole bush of them.
For more info of BOCA PRINS + picture: see traveloque.
There is a small well treated tropical park on the left side of the Seaport Village Mall downtown, named WILHELMINA PARK. Wilhelmina was a queen of Holland.
Nice to stroll a moment, specially at sunset a spot to be.
One of the original habitants of Aruba:
LAGADISHI BLAUSANA (blue lizard).
Likes flys and salad, eat our vegetables and flowers in the garden.
Is innocent and have no poison.
Toghetter with our iguana the most colorfull reptiles on the island. You find them everywhere.
All over Aruba you find those huge cactus.
I you visit CASIBARI you find a strange landscape of enormous bolders and cactae. Looks like the natural habitat of the Flinstones.
Following the road from your hotel to Sta Cruz. It is mentioned on your left side.
Aruba still get some wild donkeys who walk around freely. This ones finded a lunch for free.
We also have a lot of goats who run free. These animals only get owners if you hit them with your car and somebody can claim you.
If they are the reason of your damage they are nobody's.
Worth a visit is the Natural Bridge near Seroe Colorado. It's hard to find, when you don't known where it is. I will try to explain it too you. You have to park your car at the Colorado point lighthouse and walk across the rocks to Punta Basora. You have to climb down the rocks, but when you have a close look, you can see a small path. But it is worth the effort because there you can find the most beautiful place on the island, a natural birdge which is not discoverd by many tourist yet!
Visit the Natural Pool! It's a sort of swimming pool between the rocks at the north site of the island. It's hard to come there, but it's really worth a visit! The waves are bounching against the rocks, it's just Great!! You can find the Natural Pool near Boca Keto. There are a view options to come there, when I lived there it was still possible to go there by 4wheel drive (but I heard that that isn't an option any more), but you can park your car at the range near Boca Keto and walk from there (bring water with you)or you can take a horseback riding tour to the Natural Pool.
You HAVE to do the jeep tour! We had a small tour with a funny guide (Nikko). However, he took us through some rough terrain. Not for the weak at heart. They have other tours that aren't as harsh but I enjoyed the adventure.
Rent a jeep & take a self guided tour around the island. It's only 19.6 miles long by 6 miles wide, so you can see all of it in half a day. There's great snorkeling at Baby Beach, on the south end of the island. For a fun bar, try Charlie's.
Don't forget to visit the Butterfly Farm near Aruba Phoenix. Visiting Baby Beach on the South Eastern end of the island is a must. Arikok National Park is also worth visiting. Do not limit yourself to the resort area but try to explore the entire island. Aruba is not just sun sea and sand it has lots of intresting things to see..
This picture was taken by B Raaphorst at the Arikok National Park on the island this year. Click on the picture to enlarge. At the horizon you can see the haystack hill which is one of Aruba's natural landmarks. From the Yamanota Hill which 617ft high (highest point on the island) you can see the coast of Venezuela at the horizon on a often clear beautiful day. This picture was taken at Yamanota which offers a view on the entire beautiful island of Aruba.
I would recommend a trip to Baby Beach - calm inlet waters with access to snorkel gear and great relaxing time. Also, must visit the tunnel of love. Probably have to ask a local for directions, it is off the VERY beaten path, but is worth it. It is a cave tour, guided with flash lights - very interesting
THE ISLAND IS ONE BIG BEACH AND THE HOTELS LIKE TO TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF YOU.WHEN WE WERE THERE THEY HAD ONLY 2 LARGE HOTELS AND THE DIVI DIVI WAS A SMALL HOTEL , I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PLACE HAS MANY LARGE HOTELS AND CASINOS AND THE DIVI HAS CONDOS BUILT ON TO IT. AH WELL ,,THAT'S PROGRESS.......THE CACINOS ARE THE BIG A DRAW AND GIVE YOU A GOOD TIME FOR YOUR MONEY. THE HOTELS HAVE ADDED LARGE BUFFETS THAT ARE FANFASTIC. UP NEER THE LIGHTHOUSE IS AND OLD WRECK THAT MAKE FOR GREAT DIVEING. YOU CAN WIM OUT TO IT FROM THE BEACH.
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