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    Aruba Safari Off -Road Adventure

    by Domenic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    this was a blast. and when they say off-road they mean off-road. We took the 1/2day tour and we got to see most of the island and it's beauty.we had seen the natural bridge,ayo rock formation,Casibari rock formation. there are steps to get up to the top and the veiw is worth the climb. WEAR walking shoes,sandles dont cut it very well.When you park at a sight then you walk to it. not very far but over rocks and up and down hills.
    SUNSCREEN,SUNSCREEN,SUNSCREEN.
    YOU WILL BAKE IN THE SUN.
    I Drove the Jeep it was a stick shift.
    my wife was glad i did, it was hairy in some spots.we took our time and had a safe time.

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    Rent a Quad

    by DZGillis Updated Jan 17, 2011

    One of the best ways to explore Aruba, and especially the rougher Northside id by renting a quad.
    The northside is rougher and not easy to acces, even with a four by four. You can visit eg the natural pool (which is otherwise best reached by Horse), the ruins and other places. There are also really nice mini beaches which are almost private as there is nobody there. You should only be carefull in regard to swimming as the current can be very tricky.

    With a quad there is less chance of getting stuck and you can wonder of the beaten touristy track. The good thing in Aruba is that you can rent them without a guide. So you and friends can go all by yourself. They are quite fast as well. Often in other countries where I have been you are forced to follow a guide and don't have the freedom to go where you want.

    On Aruba you do have that chance. The price is $100 for a day during high season. Try to get a little off during low season. I rented mine (twice) at Melchiors. They were perfect. THey don't look nice and they have scratches and things that are broken but that is better when you go out in the rough. They don't complain if an you make an extra scratch as thet don't even look for it. Which off course is no reason not to be cautious with them

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    Visit the Donkey Sanctuary

    by Donna_in_India Written Dec 8, 2010

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    Donkeys were once the major mode of transportation for the residents of Aruba. With the arrival of automobiles, these donkeys were abandoned - left on their own to search for food and water. With more and more vehicles on the island, donkeys were often injured or killed on the roads.

    In 1997 the Donkey Sanctuary was founded. It is a non-profit organization run by volunteers (with no help from the government). Today there are dozens of adorable, floppy eared donkeys at the sanctuary.

    This is a great place - especially for kids - to come and watch the donkeys wander around. There are over 100 of them! For a small fee you can purchase some food and feed the donkeys. We loved our visit here.

    There is a small shop with very reasonably priced donkey themed items and also a snack bar. All proceeds benefit the donkeys.

    There is no admission fee but donations are very welcome.

    Opening hours:

    Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 3 pm

    Monday till Friday 9 am till 4 pm.

    Please see my travelogue for additional photos from the Donkey Sanctuary.

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    Peace Labyrinth

    by Donna_in_India Updated Dec 8, 2010

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    The Peace Labyrinth sits on a bluff overlooking the beautiful blue water of the Caribbean Sea. It is designated as a place for "Silent and Respectful Contemplation". A marker has the message "May Peace Prevail On Earth" (see photo 2) in a different language on each of its sides.

    Created stone by stone, "the Aruba labyrinth is built based on the Chartres Labyrinth. Its distinguishing features are; 11 circuits, the turns arranged in four quadrants, 85 lunation’s around the perimeter, and a 6-petal rosette in the center."

    There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. You just enter and follow the path. Walking the path is said to be one of the tools to enhance prayer, contemplation, meditation, and/or personal growth. It is a beautiful and peaceful walk.

    For more information about the Aruba Peace Labyrinth, you can contact Grace Maduro at plantpeople@setarnet.aw.

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  • Horseback riding in Aruba

    by ShanaMartin Written Mar 28, 2010

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    A wonderful activity in Aruba. We had such a great time with the staff of El Paseo Ranch. It was well worth the money.
    We arranged the tour through the internet. And one day before the tour we were contacted by the staff to re-confirm our tour for the next day. On the day of the tour we were picked up on time. Emilio was our driver. He was very nice and helpful. Upon arrival at the ranch we were each assigned a horse depending on our skill level. I got to ride Gipsy since I was a beginner. Wonderful horse! Very easy to manage. I have to say that the horses were smaller than you would normally see in the US. But right of the start we noticed that the horses were very well taken care of. After a brief introduction, of we were! The sceneries were very nice and we could step of the horse numerous times to take pictures. When we got to the secret pool we took a hike down to the water. We got the chance to relax in the water for some 20 minutes. On our way back we took the beach ride which was just fabulous. On the sand the horses wanted to gallop which was scary at first but we had so much fun! The guides were great and very entertaining and patient. When we got back at the ranch we each got bottled water while the saddles were taken of the horses. The horses were showered and fed. I felt so bad saying goodbye to Gipsy!
    Anyway I would definitely take this tour again and recommend it to everyone who wants to do something fun on their vacation.

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    Tour the Island and Arikok National Park

    by SullyBiz Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    DO NOT go through Watapana Tours. The tour guide provided us with no facts about the island or the park and we only had 15 minute stops per site which included the now broken natural bridge where you pay $.50 to use the bathroom. I have nothing good to say for my experience with the tour company but the park is awesome and you should definitely see it.

    In fact the best thing you can possibly do for yourself is go ahead and skip the tour and rent you own vehicle. Take your time. See what you want to see at your own pace. Here is what I would recommend as an itinerary:

    Start: California Lighthouse
    In Between: Alta Vista Chapel, Arikok National Park - The Natural Pool, Caves & Ruins (Fontein Cave, Cunucu Arikok, the Gold Mines, etc.)
    End: Baby Beach to wash off the dust

    Skip: the Emu farm & the Natural Bridge

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    oranjestad capital of aruba

    by hanspeter_W. Written Aug 27, 2009

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    Located on Aruba's picturesque southern coast, Oranjestad is the historical Dutch capital city where the tall multicolored houses of Wilheminastraat combine carved wooded doors and traditional Dutch tiles with airy open galleries and sloping, Aruban-style roofs. Along the wharf, merchants come to sell fresh fish and produce right off the boats every morning. All of Aruba's government buildings and main offices are located in the capital city.

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    visit natural pool

    by hanspeter_W. Written Aug 27, 2009

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    On a deserted stretch of coastline, dramatic shows of water spraying over the rock occurs on a regular basis as the tide rushes to shore. In a unique formation of rock, volcanic stone circles a small depression, creating a tranquil pool known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga," or more familiarly by visitors as the Natural Pool.

    The location of the Pool is surrounded by some of Aruba's most rugged terrain, so a visitor truly gets the feeling of having "discovered" something when they reach the site, by either foot, horseback or 4x4 vehicle. Because of the nature of the environment in this secluded area, the site in inaccessible by car.

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    Eagle Beach by public bus

    by sunloverinatlanta Updated Mar 29, 2009

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    We went to Eagle Beach via public bus. There is a bus terminal right near the cruise ship port. It was less than $2 per person if I remember correctly.
    If you want to go to a good beach for the day and avoid the high cost excursions, I highly recommend this.
    There were bars on the beach and restaurants across the street from the beach. Most buildings were on the opposite side of the road from the beach. This left a much less crowded and more enjoyable beach area. This is very unlike Palm Beach where the hotels/resorts are right on the beach and buildings are crowded together. However, if you are wanting to snorkel, there are tour operators on Palm Beach where you can take a boat out a couple hundred yards to a shipwreck.
    The Beginning Scuba Diving excursion from Holland America was very professional unlike the one on St. Thomas. It was right next to the Riu hotel.

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    Eagle Beach by public bus

    by sunloverinatlanta Written Mar 29, 2009

    We went to Eagle Beach via public bus. There is a bus terminal right near the cruise ship port. It was less than $2 per person if I remember correctly.
    If you want to go to a good beach for the day and avoid the high cost excursions, I highly recommend this.
    There were bars on the beach and restaurants across the street from the beach. Most buildings were on the opposite side of the road from the beach. This left a much less crowded and more enjoyable beach area. This is very unlike Palm Beach where the hotels/resorts are right on the beach and buildings are crowded together. However, if you are wanting to snorkel, there are tour operators on Palm Beach where you can take a boat out a couple hundred yards to a shipwreck.
    The Beginning Scuba Diving excursion from Holland America was very professional unlike the one on St. Thomas. It was right next to the Riu hotel.

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    Rancho Notorious- Horseback riding in Aruba

    by nyonnetti Written Feb 21, 2009

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    Wow, this was an amazing excursion we took while in Aruba. We took a horseback ride through the desert island over a rocky hill and along the coast. The views were amazing and the whole tour was just so awesome. The staff at the ranch are great- they took their time to allow us to enjoy the views and also did well to ensure our safety with the horses. My husband and I have no experience with horseback riding- the ranch accommodates people at all levels.

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    Palm Beach- amazing water

    by nyonnetti Written Feb 21, 2009

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    If you want to see a beautiful beach then take a taxi to Palm Beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches and has the most beautiful water. There is a company there that will rent out umbrellas ($20) and chairs ($6) and floats, etc. Along the beach are places where you can rent a jet ski, go on a sail boat ride, etc.

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    California Lighthouse

    by Ahidyn Written Feb 15, 2009

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    The California lighthouse is in the area known as "Hudishibana," near the island's northwestern area. The lighthouse is named for the U.S ship - the California - which sunk 1910. The lighthouse has become one of Aruba's must to see, and offers a perfect view of the island's western coastline of sandy beaches, white sand and rocky coral shorelines.

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    Alto Vista Chapel

    by Ahidyn Written Feb 15, 2009

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    It was the first church established in the whole of the Caribbean. Also called the Pilgrim's church, it was constructed by Spanish missionaries in 1750 and to this day the Chapel of Alto Vista continues to conduct services. (Concret benchs are out side the church...)

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    Casibari...Rock Formations

    by Ahidyn Written Feb 15, 2009

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    The Casibari Rocks are huge diorite boulders found at the center of Aruba. Genarally this place is visited for its spectacular view from the top of the largest boulder. Those boulders form crevices and overhangs, small tectonic caves. Some years ago the Government of Aruba created walking trails and steps through the boulders. The main path to the top has steps and handrails, tunnels, narrow steps, and ledges

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