Aruba Warnings and Dangers

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Aruba Warnings and Dangers

  • One Way Road Through Eastern Arikok

    Back when we were still planning to rent a car, I thought about driving to San Nicolas, and entering the park from the south. I was told by people on this site, that it can be done. Technically, it can, but you might get a ticket in the process.We were traveling on the dirt road, that runs through the eastern part of the park (where the caves are)....

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  • Robbed in ARuba 2004

    We learned a hard lesson on this trip. We rented a car and had every bit of cash, ID, credit cards .. plus sunscreen and prescription sunglasses. I've since learned most travel areas have "hot spots" that attract the tourist and that attracts those who want to rob you. They broke into our car and took everything and being without money and Id is...

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  • Don't Plan On Day Tripping To Other...

    If you were planning to take a day trip from Aruba to Curacao, Bonaire, or Venezuela, forget it. First of all, flights are a bit overpriced. Second of all, going through customs takes so long, that by the time you make it to your destination, you will have to be in line to leave, so you won't even see anything.We actually wanted to take a day trip...

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  • The Dutch People Are Rude

    Before anyone says I am generalizing, or trolling, please read the entire post.I don't know what is wrong with the Dutch people on this island, but for some reason, they are very rude. They are only nice if they are a tour guide, or trying to sell you a timeshare, but if you meet them on the street, in the taxi, or in the hotel, they are very...

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  • Perfectly Safe

    A lot of people are still freaked out by the Natalie Holloway incident. Don't be. As tragic as it was, that was an isolated incident, and they already caught the creeps who did it. In the U.S., a person goes missing every 20 seconds, and that doesn't stop millions of tourists from visiting each year.Trust me, there is nothing to worry about in...

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  • San Nicolas, The Island's Shady Side

    Aruba is a very safe island, but I would be cautious in San Nicolas. The town has a bad reputation of prostitution, drugs, and car break ins. It is the only place on the island where prostitution is legal, and car break ins are common, specifically in front of Charlie's Bar. It is recommended you park next to the refinery wall.You won't get mugged,...

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  • Most Screwed Up Airport, I've Ever Seen!

    Oh man! This is officially the worst airport I've ever been to, and I‘ve been to some pretty messy airports.I will start from the beginning. Everyone told us to get to the airport 3 hours before departure, we got there 4 hours, to get it over with. In the U.S., if you arrive, there are always agents at the counter to check you in. Not here. There...

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  • DON'T RENT A CAR HERE!

    I honestly have no idea how tourists are able to drive cars on this island, and live to tell about it.It is freakin' impossible!Don't listen to the locals who tell you it is easy to drive on the island. It's not. Of course it is easy for them, because they live there, but for tourists it is very difficult and very dangerous.We actually had a rental...

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  • Baby Beach - deceptively shallow...

    We went to Baby Beach and it was really beautiful --- the very shallow blue waters looked perfect for kids and in the distance u see some people snorkelling. I walked with the JumpingTwins (7 years old) to the island just off the beach and it was just about 4 feet all the way, and we enjoyed seeing the fish by the island...an hour later, my wife...

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  • Deep fried Oreos.....

    God...I hate these things...they make my mouth water and my gut bust..why do things that taste soo good end up being so bad for you?????? Had these at Smokey Joes which is part of the Iguana Joes chain on the island

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  • Crossing the road

    Watch the traffic on the roads here especially after you have had a few Brights or Pink Iguanas at the local bar. This is probably your only worry on the island. I have also seen worse drivers in other places.

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  • Beach chairs

    We decided to head to the beach for the day off the cruise ship and chose the closest beach to Oranjestad which is Druif Beach. When we arrived we asked a security guard if there was a problem sitting on the beach and she said not to worry, she was patroling and that we could sit on the beach next to the resort which was used by hotel guests. We...

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  • Sharks? Ofcourse!

    It is an upmost heard question "if there are sharks in the water". Ofcourse my dear, sharks do live in the ocean all over the world. The moment you enter the ocean in Aruba or anywhere, you become part of the food chain.Find most of the sharks on more of the East side of the Aruba island, where the island dumps a lot of its trash. Visit the...

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  • Jellyfish

    This may not be a problem for everyone, but my husband seems to be particularly sensitive to jellyfish parts that are floating in the water, just about anywhere in the Caribbean where boats frequent. Here is what we've figured out: Boats pass through areas where jellyfish congregate and the propeller rips them up into tiny pieces. Apparently even...

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  • Natalie Holloway & Fear of...

    Natalie Holloway disappeared in 2005 and as a result of this a number of people have expressed concern about travelling to Aruba.I was in Aruba in Dec 2006/Jan 2007 and found the place to be idyllic, peaceful and beautiful. We were not hassled by anyone. I know that there was additional press about this case in late 2007 but as the case was...

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  • Danger to life and limb

    Do not leave a bar with the Kalpoe bros. or Joren Van Der Sloot. Especially if it is Carlos and Charlie's. It may be the last time you are ever seen.In addition, do not count on the Aruban police to help you if you have trouble. They are more concerned with protecting the reputation of the the island as a tourist destination, and often like to...

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  • Attack of the Sea Urchin

    While out on the ATV tour (which was awesome) they stopped at the 'natural pool' which is a large pool of rock created by the ocean (lagoon type). There is a smaller 'pool' at the top where people jump from into the large pool. My daughter stood up and stepped on a sea urchin! EXTREMELY painful and they can not be pulled out! The strands are hollow...

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  • Travel between the ABC islands

    I had thought that travel to Bonaire or Curacao from Aruba would be pretty simple and that they would have a ferry, turns out that they aren't that close to one another and the only option is to fly between them. When I inquired about daytrips, they said it ran between $300-$600 dollars to get to Curacao, guess it will have to wait for another...

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  • Perfect weather?

    Aruba is touted as having near perfect weather but they do get rain, the day we flew in it had rained the entire day. For the 5 days we were there, it rained every day, never enough to ruin your trip, but enough that I needed an umbrella at least one of the days. The rain tends to come in quickly and go quickly, October-January is when they get the...

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  • Aruba. Dunes. No Cars

    Although sanddunes on Aruba are rather small and have crystaline white sand, some people seem to think they are only to be crossed by Jeeps & other vehicle types. Apart that this is absolutely illegal due to the fragile nature of these small nature miracles on the island, the best way to enjoy them is by foot. There's plenty of "parking" space on...

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  • Ouch- serious sunburn!!!

    As a fair skinned individual I can say, based on very painful personal experience, that if you have ever been known to get a sunburn, you will definitely get one in Aruba unless you take the necessary precautions and follow all sunblock directions religiously.Knowing my tendency to resemble boiled crustaceans after any extended solar exposure I...

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  • Treat tourists as Criminals

    We traveled here for a nice, relaxing vacation only to have someone break into our hotel room and steal most of our belongings. The hotel staff was not receptive and accused of us lying. They notified the Police, who took it upon themselves to harass us for our entire stay and accusing us of lying. They would show up at the room at all hours, come...

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  • KLM - Return from Aruba

    On the return flight, the staff seemed somewhat happier, and it was more enjoyable due to a shorter flying time (8 1/2 hrs). and some herbal sleepers to knock us out so we didn't have to suffer!They still managed to forget our veggy meals (booked ahead) & had originally seated me & the Small Person in different rows (had also confirmed seating...

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  • KLM to Aruba - The Dreadful Journey...

    This was THE worst long haul (10 hr) flight I have ever had the misfortune to experience. I know most airline food is inedible but this was just plain disgusting. The staff were unbelievably rude, they did not serve enough drinks of any kind & it took us 3 hours to find out we were supposed to help ourselves from a trolley at the back of the the...

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  • live firing

    If you decide to go offroading around 'tunnel of love'...be careful...we were going to pass the tunnel of love until we heard a loud shot..followed by some more...then i saw a small sign warning that it is a live firing range for the army and enter at your own risk...we quickly turned back!

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  • Dangerous Currents

    You may well be forgiven for picturing Aruba as the idyllic Caribbean paradise, and indeed it is, but there is a hidden dangerous side to the sea and surf of Aruba that most people don't see.At the North of the island there are incredibly dangerous currents. We sat in the jeep and watched as the sea approached from two if not three different...

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  • Snakes!

    Two types of snakes are indiginous to Aruba - the rattlesnake and another non-poisonous small snake.However, in recent years other types of snakes have been getting into the country in deliveries of sand and cement. In particular the boa constrictor is a snake that's causing a lot of worry to the Aruban government as they cause a lot of damage to...

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  • The Wind!

    Aruba is known as the windy island, and when you get there you will quickly realise that this is no casual accident. The wind is strong and constant. Most of the time this is very welcome indeed as it is so hot all the time that you need the cooling breeze.There are, however, one or two real downsides to the strong wind.One is that you don't...

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  • Casibari Rock Formation

    My husband Bob took these pictures of the Casibari Rocks and the warning sign which says ATTENTION: CLIMBING THESE STEPS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.This is the second most visited site in Aruba (after the Natural Bridge which has fallen down now anyway)The Government has created trails and steps to get to the top (second picture). It is steep and in some...

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  • Sun Radiation At Aruba

    It is the UV (Ultraviolet) radiation that is dangerous to human beings. Our eyes responds to light with wavelengths, so we are able to see colours from red to violet. Beyond the UV we cannot see. We have to take care of the short wavelength of UV radiation (UVA). However, the other UV radiation UVB and UVC are the ones that are even more dangerous...

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  • 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....

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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...

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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...

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  • 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.

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  • Stealing

    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.

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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!

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  • DO NOT take a vehicle into the sand...

    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)****

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  • Windy island

    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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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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  • 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).

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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  • Little warning - no real...

    Little warning - no real danger! Very attractive shopping area in downtown Oranjestad, Aruba, but few bargains!

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  • 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...

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