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    Baby Beach

    by Ischyros Written Oct 2, 2007

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    This beach, along a large shallow lagoon in San Nicholas, is a popular destination for locals and since it is at the opposite end of the island from the resorts, it's often not very crowded and great place to interact with locals. The only downside to the beach is it's location. San Nicholas is not a bad town itself, but it is dominated by one of the largest oil refineries in the world, as seen in the background of this picture from Baby Beach. If you drive northward from this area, you'll discover what seems to be a modern ghost town. A decent looking suburban development where everything has been abandoned. Apparently, hundreds of people flocked and where shipped into San Nicholas to work at the oil refinery which was eventually shut down. All those people left, leaving behind these now abandoned homes, parks, and playgrounds, a rather eerie area to drive through.

    The lagoon itself at Baby Beach is never more than 5 feet deep with a soft sandy bottom. A rocky waterbreak keeps the water in the lagoon calm enough for even the most inexperienced of swimmers. There aren't much in the way of amenities here so plan to bring your own picnic, towels, and snorkel gear. And don't worry about the oil refinery. The constant trade winds blow all the smoke away from the beach and out to sea.

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    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

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    Self-Guided Tour in your own Jeep

    by Stellaluna Written Jul 17, 2004

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    Why spend lots of money on guided tours when you can rent your own jeep for the day...

    Local car rental companies have great prices on jeep rentals. A jeep for the day runs about $75.00. Return the jeep with the same amount of gas. We asked the gas station attendant to fill the tank and we almost fainted when he asked for $50.00. It took a minute to remember that we weren't paying in US dollars.

    Hit the highway and enjoy! Take along sunscreen if you plan to put the top down.

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  • I would recommend a trip to...

    by agnkrn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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

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    Tattoo!! The locals took us...

    by datdanigirl Written Sep 8, 2002

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    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.

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    Natural Bridge

    by windoweb Written Dec 31, 2006

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    Natural Bridge - (collapsed on September 2, 2005)
    This was one of Aruba's most popular attractions. The bridge was a formation of coral limestone cut out by years of pounding surf, and was one of the largest of these types of spans in the world. It standed some 23 feet (7 meters) above sea level and spans more than 100 feet (30 meters).
    There is no admission fee or set hours for visiting, but you'll find a few refreshment stands nearby open daily.

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    • Cruise
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Aruba still get some wild...

    by Jefvdw Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    All over Aruba you find those...

    by Jefvdw Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    One of the original habitants...

    by Jefvdw Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    There is a small well treated...

    by Jefvdw Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    In the 'ROOI' of BOCA PRINS,...

    by Jefvdw Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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  • Visit the Natural Pool! It's a...

    by Mirellaboer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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  • Worth a visit is the Natural...

    by Mirellaboer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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!

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    You HAVE to do the jeep tour! ...

    by Danby63 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Rent a jeep & take a self...

    by BR0WND0G Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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  • Don't forget to visit the...

    by Arubasun. Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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