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    Casibari Rock Formation

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 24, 2011

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    This formation is located in the center of the island. Bob saw it on his land tour on our first visit to the island and he climbed it. I have not been there myself. His pictures reminded me of the huge boulders at the Baths on Virgin Gorda (photo 5)

    Casibari are composed of two sections, the biggest one is Casibari and the second one is Ayo. Ayo formation does not have any of the steps or walking trails making the less popular of the two, but there are rock drawings, dating back thousands of years at this site.

    At Casibari, there are walking trails and steps to the top, but even it is definitely not handicapped accessible. There are narrow tunnels and with the combination of steep steps, only allowing the passing of one individual. If there are a lot of people there (like when cruise ships are in town), it may take a good amount of time to get up and down.

    It is free.

    steps cut into the rock Huge boulders More boulders Rocks in Virgin Gorda - BVI 1997
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    Collapsed Natural Bridge

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My husband went on the tour of Aruba while I was snorkeling. We knew of course that the large natural bridge on Aruba had collapsed in the early morning hours of September 2, 2005, but there were still some smaller bridge like formations one of which is in the third picture. Aruba has seven other smaller natural bridge formations. The original BIG bridge was 100 feet long, and 25 feet above the sea. It was one of the most dramatic of the coral formations in the Caribbean. Bob said they had a road on it.

    Overview of the area Collapsed Natural Bridge Smaller bridge that remains Beach by the former natural bridge Original bridge
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  • Rope Swinging of the Mi Dushi

    by TravelChick13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This was an awesome time in Aruba for me, sicne i was adopted when i was 12, i learned how to count at this age, now i am 14 and i am the smartest person in all my special ed classes. this was so cool. i went off the swing on the back of some really cute guy. he did a flip. my advice?... let go of the swing or else be ready to smack into the boat. haha!!

    me muuhahahah (kasey)aka (spyke)
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    Natural Bridge

    by kazander Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Natural Bridge is a very popular tourist attraction in Aruba. The bridge is made of coral that was carved out by the pounding waves. It extends 100 feet acrcoss and is 25 feet high. When I went many years ago, we took a tour around the island and this was one of the stops. I remember being SO excited to visit there. (I think I had seen a picture of it in one of my parents brochures)

    If you enlarge the photo I am the black and red dot :)

    Aruba Natural Bridge
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    Aruba Church

    by kazander Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Santa Ana Church was a stop on the tour we took around the island. Inside, the alter and pulpit were done with elaborate wooden carvings that were over 100 years old. Next to the church was an interesting cemetary, see below tip.

    Aruba-Santa Ana Church

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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.

    a veiw from ayo of haystack mtn
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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.

    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

    Arikok National Park View from Fontein Cave California Lighthouse Baby Beach
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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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