Aruba Tourist Traps

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Aruba Tourist Traps

  • Souvenir Coins

    If you walk into a souvenir shop in Aruba, you might see some authentic Aruban coins for sale. I was only 3 days into my trip, but I collect foreign currency, so not knowing if I would get all the coins, I purchased these at a souvenir shop in Oranjestad. I'm telling you, don't waste your money. They charge you more than the face value of the...

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  • DO NOT Eat Iguana Soup!

    If you go to a restaurant, and see iguana soup on the menu, PLEASE DO NOT EAT IT, no matter how "authentic" it is. Iguana soup is illegal to serve, because it is diminishing, the island's iguana population. Any restaurants who serve it, are breaking the law. Arubans are strong supporters of wildlife, and environmental protection. The people who...

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  • Baby Beach

    I'm just gonna put it straight, this beach is ugly, and really sucks. The beach is dirty, and the view is ruined by an ugly oil refinery. It is supposed to be one of the top snorkeling spots on the island, but the water is so milky, you cannot see anything. What I thought was coral, was actually see grass. There is no coral here, and the only place...

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  • Ceru Colorado Lighthouse: Very...

    I saw on my map that there is some lighthouse in Ceru Colorado. There isn't. Our guide took us there, and it is literally just a box on a stick. That is the best way to describe it. I would post a picture of it, but the thing was so ugly, I didn't want to waste my film. There is no lighthouse here. Just a light "box". Whoever named this place...

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  • Palm Beach

    Okay! Perhaps a beach with wall-to-wall loungers isn't your idea of Hell... yes, you may like to pay through the nose for your food and drink...However, this is a trap for many of us!We had just arrived by cat (The 'Pelican'); we had 40 minutes to kill before our 'bus picked us up to tour the island! The beach was crowded. The local hotel, behind...

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  • Kukukunuku Party Bus

    Totally hokey and clearly catering to tourists, but with the right attitude, Mama and the rest of the Kukukunuku crew will show you a good time. The party bus is a bright multi-colored school bus decorated with what looks like every option from the party store if you were to throw a luau-themed party. The bus will pick you up at your hotel and the...

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  • Oh my God - That's Disgusting!

    For the first time in my life, on being presented by the waiter with a sip of wine to taste, I actually blurted out the words 'Oh my God, that's disgusting' ! Never before has this happened.We were at Tangos 'Argentinian' bar and grill, supposedly one of the 'V.I.P.' restaurants on the island.If you know your food and wine - DO NOT GO THERE. The...

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  • Getting Hairbraids on the beach

    If you are on the beach local women will offer to braid your hair. Becareful they overcharged me and I heard several women arguing over the very high fees...totalling over $100+ when the fee should have been $30. If you agree to get your hair done you must agree on a complete 100% top price not an approximate. And ask HOW Long it will take...it...

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  • The Aloe Factory/Museum

    We'd signed on for a day trip frm our ship, the 'Star Princess', anr this trip included this factory.The museum will take you 5 minutes; the factory tour 20 minutes and the shopping to buy the stuff bit takes an eternity!Would you pay good money to tour a local factory wherever you live?If you're not wanted to buy lots of Aloe Vera then I suggest...

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  • The Natural Bridge - A pile of rocks

    We took a tour from De Palms Tours which included the Natural Bridge. What they didnt tell us until we arrived at the site was that on Sept 2, 2005 the Natural Bridge collapsed. Thats right, it doesnt exist anymore and is a pile of rocks. There is however, a smaller version of the Natural Bridge to the left of the pile of rumble. The smaller...

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  • submarine

    You really do not see that much fish. All you get is a big old ship and a few sponges. It is not worth the $70 go to the beach and snorkel or scuba

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  • Caverns - hot, dark, dangerous

    If you go to the caverns, you DO NOT have to pay anything. The people at the booths there are renting you flashlights. If you just bring a flashlight, you can walk in free. By the way, the caverns are pretty uninteresting - and very hot. Also fairly treacherous. Spelunking through the "Tunnel of Love" made me want to hurt my husband. Bring a...

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  • Don't be afraid to haggle the prices

    We had suprisingly good sucess barganing prices with most of the independant vendors (and even some of the shops) when purchasing goods. Don't expect to bargan the price at the grocery store or even the high end jewelry stores, but a lot of the stores will bargan with you to make a sale. There is a lot of competition between shop to sell tourist...

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  • Altantis Submarine

    A very expensive scuba diving trip. If you're going to spend as much money as a scuba diving trip for 1/2 hour, get wet! I guarantee you'll see more and be much more happy. The one thing that made this fun was the hostess but even she wouldn't be able to get us to go back. Do the Jolly Pirate ship for snorkeling. It's less expensive and less deep...

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  • Glass Bottom Boat

    A boat with a few glass windows underneath the boat that you had to stand up to see under the ocean. Though it was cheap, just go snorkeling, don't waste your money. At least go on the Jolly Pirate Ship if you want to see underwater. You will realize how much better Jolly Pirates is than this. Jolly Pirate Ship or maybe the Submarine.

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  • Shopping can be tricky. The...

    Shopping can be tricky. The main shops are in the downtown area of Oranjestaad (the capital). Although you will find brand shopping it is more expensive than, say, duty free. I recommend buying local handcrafts and look for brand bargains... and never buy at first sight... you will probably find it cheaper one block down the street

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  • If you come in the rainy...

    If you come in the rainy season, well you will get wet, it isn't always just sunshine on the island. And when it rains it will rain, so be prepared.

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  • It's no secret that Aruba is...

    It's no secret that Aruba is made up mostly of timeshares. That means you will be approached to take part in a timeshare preview from numerous different hotels. In return you will get coupons good for shopping or gambling. The good news? Most, and I do mean most, of them are NOT high pressure. If you do decide to participate I recommend you choose...

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  • Be very,very carefully when it...

    Be very,very carefully when it rains at us.Roads get as slippery as iced in your country.This is because the asfalt is much denser and a small film of oil by a lack of frequent showers.Water and Moneyevaporate very faston this Island.Euro-tourist, Aruba is into the Dollar Zone.Buy your groceries at a supermarket, not at the mini market in your...

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  • Not a tourist trap but a civil...

    Not a tourist trap but a civil trap...we get elections in Aruba at the end of september.2 big parties MEP and AVP (Movemiento Electoral di Pueblo and Arubaanse Volks Partij) 2 smaller OLA and PPA have a lot of chance to deal the votes.But politics has only a little bit to do with sense.Most is about a carnavalesque atmosphere where flags in all...

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  • Most of the shopping areas are...

    Most of the shopping areas are tourist traps, but you can usually get some good deals.This is the inside of the Sonesta.

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  • Beaware that prices at mini...

    Beaware that prices at mini markets in the lobby of the resorts are pretty much expensive than when buying it out of the resort. Grocery prices at Aruba's Mega Supermarkets such as Kong Hing Super Center, Ling & Sons Supermarket and Certified Mega Center are comparable or a bit lower than grocery prices in the U.S. The above mentioned Supermarkets...

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  • Not necessarily a trap, but if...

    Not necessarily a trap, but if you are adventurous, don't take the guided jeep tour - about $60 per person. It is only $45/day to rent your own jeep and follow the points of interest. It was great not to have to be rushed at the sites, and a lot cheaper. The rental car agencies provide maps which are great at outlining the sites to see. Oh, roads...

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  • natural bridge - a must see...

    natural bridge - a must see place according to tourist information. This bridge created by the ocean and weather and erosion looks wonderful on pictures. It looks wonderful in reality as well, however about 20 times smaller. Besides that you can find at least 6 other (only a tiny bit smaller) natural bridges around the north shore...

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  • iguanas - oh they say you can...

    iguanas - oh they say you can see bunch of them... I spent 5 weeks on Aruba and I saw 2 (in words two) iguanas, out of which one was flat - killed by a car. But they are beautiful....

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  • Watch out for the cheaper...

    Watch out for the cheaper rental car companies. They often give you older cars that aren't all that comfortable. Try to stay with the big names, such as Hertz, Budget, Alamo, and any other name that you've seen in the states or Europe

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  • All the luxury hotels have...

    All the luxury hotels have expensive restaurants and amenities. If you want the LOCAL FLAVOR go to a local barber/hairdresser, eat where the locals eat, hang around the bars in San Nicolas! Take a few bus rides or mini busses. Did you know that hotels charge double for a hair coloring or similar services if you are a tourist and 50% less if you are...

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  • This is not a 'trap' but I...

    This is not a 'trap' but I just had to show you this Aruban sunset. You can get some great sunset pictures at the LaTrattoria restaurant by the lighthouse. For this reason, it may be the best happy hour on the island.

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