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    California Lighthouse

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jan 23, 2007

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    The California Lighthouse is situated at the North of the island and is said to be called after a ship that went down! What an unusual way to name a lighthouse.

    I visited it twice - once from the road and the second time from the sea when I saw it from a different perspective. The second visit answered my question as to whether or not it still functions. It doesn't - or at least, if it does, it's not gainfully employed as a lighthouse:-)

    The view from the lighthouse grounds is incredible, taking in much of the island.

    There's a restaurant beside it where it's magical to watch the sunset. I didn't eat there, but apparently it's a pretty good Italian eatery.

    California Lighthouse
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    JOLLY PIRATES

    by LoriPori Written Nov 8, 2006

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    Sail, Snorkel, Swim & Swing:
    Offered daily 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $50.00 per person.
    The 85-foot teak schoonerJOLLY PIRATES will sail you to three great sites to swim or snorkel - Malmok Reefs and Boca Catalina offer waist-high snorkeling. At the wreck of the WWII Antilla the crew will take you on a magnificent tour of this sunken treasure.
    BBQ Lunch, Open Bar, Gear and Rope Swing are all included.
    Afternoon Snorkel:
    Offered Sun, Tues. Wed. Thurs. and Sat. 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. $30.00 per person.
    Shorter version of morning cruise with open bar, gear and rope swing.
    Sunset Sail:
    Offered on Mondays and Fridays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. $26.00 per person.
    Open bar included.
    Jolly Pirates depart from the MooMba Beach between the Holiday Inn and the Marriott Resort.

    Hans and I watched as the Jolly Pirates set out and everyone looked to be having a wonderful time. We saw it at the Malmok Reefs, a beautiful spot to snorkel.

    Jolly Pirates Jolly Pirates Ship at Malmok Reefs Malmok Beach Reefs
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    Alto Vista Chapel

    by Dabs Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    The Alto Vista Chapel is another popular tour spot, located along the northern coast. It was built in 1750, abandoned in the 1800s and rebuilt 200 years later. The road we took there from the California Lighthouse was rather rough but when we left we saw how the cars had made it up there, a paved road that led back to the hotel area. The white crosses along the road symbolize the stations of the cross.

    Alto Vista Chapel Alto Vista Chapel

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    Bird Watching

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jan 14, 2007

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    I don't have any in depth knowledge of birds, but I was bewitched by those I spotted on Aruba and I have learned that it is a vurtual paradise for bird watchers.

    While driving through the National Park we spotted a falcon!

    There are brown penguins diving for fish off the beach ever day and they are addictive to watch.

    My favourite was the Scott's Oriole which I spotted twice. One day I was treated to the sight of a pair of them pecking at sugar packets on the deck of the hotel restaurant. I attach a picture to share with you. These migratory birds are said to be great singers - I loved them for their bright orange coloured breast.

    Scott's Oriole
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    Jolly Pirates

    by cruisingbug Updated Apr 22, 2004

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    The ship is cool, crew was great - very friendly. Unbelievable snorkeling at the Antilla wreck. Also, you can swing out over the water from a rope swing (the crew do great acrobatics). The rest of the day is fuzzy from the drinks..."Pirate's Poison".... mmmm! Look for the $8 off per couple coupon in the Aruba Nights guidebook.

    Jolly Pirates, Aruba
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    California Lighthouse

    by Dabs Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    The California Lighthouse, located at the northern tip of Aruba, is a stop on many tours. It's named after a US ship named California that wrecked off the coast here in 1891, before the lighthouse was completed in 1916. You can't go up to the top of it anymore, not since someone committed suicide from jumping from it but there is a nice view from where it stands.

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    ALTO VISTA CHAPEL

    by LoriPori Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    This picturesque little chapel ALTO VISTA CHAPELsits high on a hill overlooking the sea. The winding road leading to it is lined with white crosses, used for the stations of the cross.
    Built in 1852, this chapel sits on the site of Aruba's first Catholic Church, which was erected in 1750 by Spanish missionarey Domingo Antonio Silvestre.
    It is small, yet beautiful and peaceful, and I was touched by its simplicity. Inside is a little altar with the Virgin and Child. A few folks had come in to light a candle. There isn't a lot of seating inside but there is also extra seating outside for when they perform a mass.

    Alto Vista Chapel Inside the Chapel
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    Bodyboarding/Surfing

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Because Aruba is a windy island it is perfect for sports such as bodyboarding or surfing.

    The currents to the North of the island are very strong and it is not advisable to partake of watersports there, but you will be sure to get great surf on Eagle Beach, which is consistently voted as one of the top beaches in the Caribbean.

    Bodyboarder on Eagle Beach
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    "Dive" With the Seaworld Exploer

    by fitbod Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    First you take an open boat ride, not too far out, into the sea. Another "special" boat meets you and puts out a walk between the two boats. Walk across and onto the Seaworld Explorer. Descend down ten steep steps into the hull of the Explorer, and have a (tiny) seat with 19 other passengers. You are now 5 feet below the surface of the sea.

    A German freighter, the Antilla, sunk here in the 1940's. In the photo you can see what remains above the surface...and has made the perfect landing zone for Pelicans.

    As time has gone by, beautiful coral heads have grown on the vessel, and thousands of tropical fish have made it their home. The Seaworld Explorer makes several trips around the wreck, giving you many opportunities to see.

    Wreck of the Antilla
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    ATV tour

    by hartmany Written Dec 16, 2003

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    By the end of the tour, you've got sand in your hair and in your teeth, and it's totally worth it. Ride doubly or singly on these fun ATVs up and down the rugged terrain of this desert island. We made a number of stops at the "must sees" around the island. Highly recommended.

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    One of Nature's Works of Art

    by fitbod Written Jan 22, 2005

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    This is one of Aruba's most popular attractions, and the area is likely to be filled with tour buses any given time of day. Yyou can see why. The bridge is a formation of coral limestone cut out by years of pounding surf, and is one of the largest of these types of spans in the world. It stands some 23 feet above sea level and spans more than 100 feet. There are all kinds of photo ops from many angles, if you take the time to walk up and down, and around. There is no admission fee or set hours for visiting, and you'll find a few refreshment stands nearby open daily.

    Aruba's Natural Bridge
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    Lovely Desert Scenery: Arikok National Park

    by diver-x Written Apr 25, 2006

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    Aruba's National Park is Arikok, on the eastern part of the windward side of the island. Beautiful desert landscapes, rugged coastline, cactus, colorful birds, caves, turquoise lizards, wild goats and donkeys. My kind of place! Bring a jeep, a horse or an ATV and bring your hiking shoes too! We spent a lot of time looking for the Natural Pool, which is in the Park. Maps are not that detailed and we found a lot more roads than there were on any map we had! A lot of steep and bumpy dirt roads! But we had a lot of fun finding it and it was worth the effort! Hint: The Natural Pool is "Conchi" on the maps. Conchi is one of the only places you can swim on the windward side so bring your bathing suit. Other highlights are Quadirikiri cave, lit by natural skylights in two huge chambers (watch out for the bats!). A larger cave, known as The Tunnel of Love, is completely dark and also hot and stuffy. But I have to say the gentleman handing out flashlights at the gate is a fun guy. Spend a few minutes chatting - he's very funny!

    Arikok Panorama This is one of the better roads we drove
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    Natural Pool...........A must do

    by xristinaki Written Mar 3, 2007

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    This was our favorite part of the trip! it took us a couple tries to find it but after our 3rd try, we followed the natural bridge sign and found some smaller natural pool signs. We saw a safari jeep tour and figured if we follwed them, they would lead us to it, which they did. After driving up a steep hill, you will come to unpaved territory...and a little house on the right where they offer you a ride to the natural pool.. It is absolutley impossible to go without a 4x4...even with a 4x4, it is a scary ride and i highly recommend you getting ride for 15$....they take you up in a 55 year old army truck....it was a very bumpy road, better than any rollercoaster lol. They said that people walk there and it takes an hour, but this is for the extremely fit adventure seekers. Once the scary ride is over, you have to go down some rough looking steps, and finally over the rocks into the pool.. we took our snorkel gear and spend an hour looking at all types of fish...it was a great experience. there is a smaller 'pool' just above but be carfeul because there are many crabs, and crashing waves above you.. it will hold about 4-5 ppl, and the water is verrrrrry warm..like a natural hot tub...(it is very shallow).. Aqua shoe's are a must here too..the rocks are slippery and i wouldn't like the feel of the slimy rocks one my feet...or any crabs!

    the safari tour is another way to experience it....but cost a whole lot more. anther option is a horse back ride....but i would be too scared!

    the little shed where the lady flags you down to g the army truck that took us to the natural pool Horse back riding to the natural pool

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    Rock Gardens and Views

    by fitbod Written Jan 21, 2005

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    Casabari Rock Formations is an interesting destination with several hiking paths. There are very unique rock formations, plants to surprise and delight and good photo opportunities (no fee to enter).

    Climb up rocks, underneath a few (if you can squeeze through) and to the highest point in the park, for a royal treat! Breathtaking panoramic views of the entire island await your eyes.
    Visit this place, if you can find it!

    Casabari Park
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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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