Mosquitos? No Way! Euhhh... YES!
It is said you are not bothered by bugs or mosquitos. It seems November is a not-bothered month, and slightly bothered in August. The constant breeze (Tradewinds) help to keep them down, as does the climate. However, I think this has to be one of individual bodily dependence. That is there are tiny flying bugs, big flying bugs and black flies. Those tiny little ones come out of the grass with sunset. That is the hit-attack to some of us, included me and one of the models. The Aruban ones made me sensitive from that time. Any bite gives me illness and huge stone-hard bumps. So I got very carefull with the flying creatures ...
Minimise exposure to mosquitos between dusk and dawn: cover arms, legs and feet with clothing, use a DEET containing mosquito repellent on bare skin (these usually give 3 - 4 hours of protection), avoid wearing perfumes, and wear light coloured clothing, as dark clothing attracts mosquitos. Unless in air-conditioned rooms, spray rooms with an insecticide, light a mosquito coil before retiring.Related to:
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Palm Trees - A Word of Caution
I just found a handy tip for Aruba - and I must say, it was one I hadn't really considered ...
(anyone have any coconut falling on head tales?!)
"Palm Trees - A word of caution. The coconuts are real. If you sit under a palm tree, don't sit under the coconuts. The ripe ones will fall when they are ready. Bonk!!! An easy way to open them up is to throw them down on a large pointy rock until they crack. You lose most of the milk, but you don't need tools".
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Danger to your mental health
Too many tourists, a good example of what being featured in a beach boys song will do for a place. Seriously I had to endure this dump for six months once a week, and it was supposed to be a highlight. It's a windy little hole actually and the best thing about it is that some of the people speak Spanish there. n fact the most fun I had there was mistakingly blundering into a predominantly Colombian whore-house. At least the people were alive in there and they were dancing to Bachata and Merengue
The rest of the people just want to sell diamonds and emeralds and make as much money as possible. The usual tourist island crap.
Dont get me wrong though 99.999% of people love this place
Hope you like Lizards
Iguanas are plentiful here. They are all over the place. They dont bother you and are quite timid. Just beware so that you know to expect them. I was warned but did not expect it when I came across a 3 foot long lizard as I strolled down the sidewalk. It's a bit startling.
Aruba is a very safe island but still it's wise to lock your cars and to not leave valuable belongings on the beach. Aruban people are friendly but that's not a reason to assume that some of them won't steal something when they think you aren't looking.Related to:
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dogs!!!!!!! be aware of them
One of the things you have to be aware of are the dogs. When runnning or cycling you can be attached by dogs. We got a tip of one of the locals, if you you go out for a run or for a trip on a bike take a stick with you!
And go running in early morning or early evening, the sun can be leathal too!
DO NOT take a vehicle into the sand dunes!
I have heard horror stories of people getting stuck in sand dunes....there is no one around to help if you do, so save that for a guided tour.
****other than that -watch out for poorly made drinks, with hardly any booze in them!!!!!!!
(for $4. in town)****
Aruba is very very windy, just take a look at their signature divi divi tree. Girls always remember to bring something to tie your hair up with, it is annoying to let it all down and flying all over the place while eating dinner.
Take water shoes!
We found water shoes to be a very nessasary part of enjoying the beaches at the Tamarijin (low rise) resort. There is abundant coral that washes up, if the waves are right, and it is very uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. Also there was other hazards in the water at the south end of the beach (LARGE pipes, a few bricks, and even a couple of old rusted out 55 Gal drums in the water). In general, the beaches were very nice once you got past these obstacles.
No danger here but a warning...
No danger here but a warning that you will probably be approached to attend a timeshare presentation. Timeshares are BIG! business in Aruba, and many from the northeast U.S. have purchased units.
Pictured is the beautiful Costa Linda Beach Resort(next to Bucuti BR).
Don't drink too much if you go...
Don't drink too much if you go all inclusive!!!! On a serious note, Aruba is a very safe place, and I can't think of any real dangers. Obviously, you probably wouldn't want to be in some dark alley in Oranjestad after dark, but that's just common sense. If you stay in the touristy areas, you will feel perfectly safe!
If you are renting a car, be...
If you are renting a car, be very careful driving. The winds blows sand on the roads, tires skid and a lot of accidents happen. Motocycle is especially more risky. You don't want to ruin your vacation!
Danger !! If you're going to...
Danger !! If you're going to try your luck at the Casino, my advice is... do it toward the end of your vacation or you'll be out $250.00 in under three hours on the first day.. and make sure your pretty hammered before you try the late night french fries with peanut butter.. Oh yeah, don't ring those nice brass bells at the bar unless you plan on buying drinks for the whole bar, Ooops !
There really aren't any great...
There really aren't any great risks or dangers in Aruba, unless you count the Tunnel of Love. Be forewarned that they don't apply all the safety measures that we do here in the U.S. But it was still fun (we went there twice.) Crime is practically nonexistent, unless you decide to leave your purse laying on the seat of your convertible with the top down. In which case some other tourist might avail themselves of these new vacation funds.
No real danger here, however. ...
No real danger here, however. Don't be surprised if you see any topless swimmers in the water. Also, lots of goats roam freely around the island.
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