Aruba Off The Beaten Path

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Aruba Off The Beaten Path

  • Birds of Aruba

    Suikerdiefje - Coereba flaveola - BananaquitThe sugar thief is a small bird that occurs in Central and South America and the Antilles.It owes its name to its special diet. He mainly eats nectar from flowers, but where many birds while the flowers pollinate sting sugar thief a hole in the calyx. He sucks the nectar from the flower without "something...

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  • The dividivi

    The dividivi (Caesalpinia coriaria) from the Fabaceae family (Leguminosae) is a tree that is common in the Caribbean.The copies are known by the trade winds are formed. A tree that grows as in one direction is sometimes called fan beam.In Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, this tree often.

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  • Museo Arubano

    We walked over to Fort Zoutman, Willem III Tower, and Museo Arubano. The Museo Arubano is supposed to be a museum with information on Aruba’s history. It was established by the CCA - Cultureel Centrum van Aruba - (Cultural Center Aruba Foundation) in 1983 and I thought it might be interesting. But it was not open, even though it was within the...

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  • Baby Beach

    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...

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  • Hidden Beach

    Head towards the lighthouse on the western tip of the island. The last beach on the south before the lighthouse on the western tip is much more quiet then anything you'll find in the over populated hotel row.

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  • Donkey Sanctuary

    A donkey sanctuary has been set up on the island and is run on a voluntary basis. There were lots of ill treated and hungry donkeys wandering the island and most of these have now been rescued. I did see one fine healthy specimen still wandering wild, but it turned out that was in the National Park and this is one place where the donkeys are still...

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  • The Colours of Aruba

    Everywhere you go in Aruba you will find amazingly coloured buildings. The locals love to paint their houses in the most amazing shades, and on one occasion our taxi driver entertained us with a tale of how he painted a house for two English men but hated the colour.The colour of the moment in Aruba appears to be a sort of lime green. If you drive...

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  • The Hospital

    I'm putting this tip under "Off the Beaten Track" because I hope that when you're on holiday you don't have to come here.I ended up at Accident & Emergency with my Mum as she had an accident and broke a couple of bones.The hospital looks shabby from the outside and A&E does nothing to inspire confidence as it's painfully (pardon the pun) slow, like...

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  • Natural Bridge

    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...

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  • Oh Island In The Sun

    The much heard question "Is there anywhere worth visiting" and the answer "In a word, NO!" is a bit out of proportion. You're on an island, so ... ... ...Yep, you can get some excellent marine equipment and instruction for a sea-dive, water-skiing, parasailing, go for a windsurf, jet-ski or charter a boat for a great fish (tuna, marlin). Watch the...

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  • California Lighthouse

    Named for the California, a ship which wrecked off the north shore.The lighthouse is located at the far western tip of the north shore, accessible by car from the resorts, or by ATV/horseback if you're so inclined. It is not open to the public, so you can't go inside, but it makes for a nice photo op.

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  • Gold Mines

    Further east along the north coast from the California Lighthouse (west of the Natural Bridge) are the ruins of Aruba's gold mines. Not much left here, but worth a stop.

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  • Self-Guided Tour in your own Jeep

    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...

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  • See the North Shore by 4x4

    The drive (by rented 4x4 jeep that we picked up from Hertz at our hotel) from the California Lighthouse along the north shore (Atlantic side) of the island is well worth the effort. Lots of beautiful vistas of crushing waves and a craggy coast. The natural bridge is a great photo op, and a nice place for meditatively watching the surf.

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  • Natural Pool

    Not nearly as easy to get to as the Natural Bridge. Sheltered from the fierce north shore (and its reported sharks!) the Pool is located east of the Bridge. We reached it by horseback. Be sure to carry all your snorkeling gear down the many steps to the pool - you won't want to make the hike back right away!

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  • Alto Vista Chapel

    Along the north shore is an unlikely chapel, set off by itself among the rocky terrain. The first chapel in Aruba, it seems to still be an active, so be respectful of anyone inside.

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  • Rock Sculptures

    Along the north shore between the lighthouse and the Natural Bridge there are hundreds of rock sculptures. You can stop and make your own - but don't knock any over! It's bad luck.

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  • Natural Bridge

    Rent a car and jet out to the other side of the island for a unique sight---famed the 'world's largest natural bridge'. It's well worth the drive and you see a side of Aruba that most don't...desert!

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  • ARUBA IS A SMALL ISLAND WITH...

    ARUBA IS A SMALL ISLAND WITH A VERY DRY CLIMATE. YOU CAN TRAVEL MOST OF THE ISLAND IN A FEW HOURS ,BUT IT TAKES A LIFE TIME TO FIND EVERY THING...RENT A MOTOR BIKE OR 4X4 AND CHECK OUT THE BACK ROADS. DON'T WORRY ABOUT GETTING LOST THE LOCALS WILL GUIDE YOU BACK AND SHOW YOU SMALL RESTERAUNTS THAT THEY GO TO.....TRAVELE TO THE SOUTH END OF THE...

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  • dirty north shore adventure

    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...

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  • Beautiful Beaches

    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...

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  • Tattoo!! The locals took us...

    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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  • The natural bridge on the...

    The natural bridge on the north side of the island is beautifull, or diving at the shark cave near the prison is a must for diving lovers, just watch the strong currents here (and sharks)

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  • In the 'ROOI' of BOCA PRINS,...

    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...

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  • There is a small well treated...

    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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  • One of the original habitants...

    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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  • All over Aruba you find those...

    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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  • Aruba still get some wild...

    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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  • Take a jeep safari! You will...

    Take a jeep safari! You will feel like you are on another planet!This photo is of the inside of the Sonesta resort, you pick up a boat shuttle to their private island.

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  • Worth a visit is the Natural...

    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...

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  • Visit the Natural Pool! It's a...

    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...

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  • Ruins from the gold rush of...

    Ruins from the gold rush of 1824.....found on the east coast of aruba.......its a lonely deserted beaches......full of trash from the cruise ships and washed away from Venezuela.......

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  • EAST COAST OF ARUBA......THE...

    EAST COAST OF ARUBA......THE ROCKY DESERTED BEACHES.....YOU GET A ERIE FEELING WHEN YOU WALK THESE BEACHES.......

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  • You HAVE to do the jeep tour! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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  • I would recommend a trip to...

    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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  • THE ISLAND IS ONE BIG BEACH...

    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...

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  • If you get on Route 1 and head...

    If you get on Route 1 and head east until you pass San Nicolas, you can follow signs to Baby Beach. It's kind of hidden, but it's great. The beach is surrounded by a reef, so the waters are very calm and are great for Snorkeling. It's just a nice quiet beach!

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  • Arikok National park is a...

    Arikok National park is a place to wander around the cactuses, divi divis, listen to birds and see iguanas.. Tke your binoculars hat and water bottle and wear a covered shoe. There are some poisonous smakes. They will probably avoid you but watch where you step!Also if you are interested in photography there are typical dutch style houses in the...

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  • The resort we stayed at...

    The resort we stayed at (Marriott Aruba Ocean Club) has this wonderful restaurant event called 'Simply Fish.' What they do is every Tuesday through Saturday convert their beach to a lovely little fresh fish restaurant. Imagine sitting in a hut on the beach with the beautiful sunset reflecting off of the perfect waters while you feast on great fresh...

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