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Tim
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject: Aruba Mini Tour Reply with quote

Aruba Mini Tour

Aruba in the Southern Caribbean is of course the A in the ABC islands, Bonaire and Curacao the other two. Once a possession of the Netherlands Aruba is now independent but maintains an affiliation with the mother country. The currency is the Aruban florin (app.1.79 to one USD). The USD is accepted everywhere but you may receive Florins in change. On a clear day Venezuela is visible. Aruba is a desert island with little rain fall but abundant sunshine. The sun is strong and often the winds may be swift. Sunscreen is a must and a vehicle with A/C is the preference.

Aruba has a population of about 100,000 with a average income of $23,800. The official language is Dutch but most everyone speaks English. Papiamento and Spanish are commonly spoken.

Aruba can be an expensive place to stay. While transportation is very reasonable food and lodging may test your budget. The capital in Oranjestad has casino gambling. While the north shore is very rough the south shore has many nice beaches. If you like snorkeling Baby Beach, the wreck of the German ship Antilla and some mostly south/west portions of the beach with reefs are decent.

The famous natural bridge has collapsed but the rough Atlantic coast is a sight to see. A favorite attraction of mine is Casabari Rocks. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended if you wish to travel along the beautiful Atlantic coast.

Sint Nicolass on the eastern end of the island has a large refinery and the famous “Charlie’s Bar” Bric a brac hangs everywhere and you may even find a picture of the Amazing Grace on one wall. Be cautioned this is a rough area and prostitution is legal in Sint Nicolass.

This island is a very popular travel destination for Americans with a good international airport. Cruise ships call here regularly and it is also a debarkation port. Inexpensive Island tours ($10-$20) and car rentals can be found as you leave the cruise gate.

Good clothing and souvenir buys can be had at the local stands three or four blocks from the cruise ship dock.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm not mistaken the lighthouse is named California light. I wonder why?

The old stone California lighthouse stands as a silent sentry in the area known as "Hudishibana," near the island's northwestern tip. The lighthouse is named for the U.S ship - the California - which sunk about two years previous to its construction in 1910. The site offers spectacular sunsets as the final shades of sunshine give way to a brilliant azure canopy. Perched on a high seaside elevation, the lighthouse has become one of Aruba's scenic trademarks and offers a picture perfect view of the island's western coastline of sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and rocky coral shorelines.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tim: Aruba is one of our very favorite places. We found the beaches fantastic and the people very friendly. Many nice casinos with a friendly tourist atmosphere, not at all like Los Vages or Atlantic City. Charlie's Bar is a nice stop to eat and have a brew after snorkeling at Baby Beach.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tim for the wonderful tour of Aruba. It's been quite a long time since I've been there, and it brought back some fond memories. I didn't know the natural bridge had collapsed. It's a great island, but can be quite expensive, as you mentioned.

Hopefully you'll be doing a tour of Curacao? Love that island!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linda I will be doing a mini tour of Curacao. I am going to do them alphabetically. I was hoping we can have them in a separate forum. Thinking about it I should have gone in reverse order. Maybe one of the moderators will be able to rearrange things.

These are the remaining islands I have talks for and the order in which I expect to do them.

Barbados
Bermuda
Bonaire
Curacao
Dominica
Grenada
Isle De Margarita
Martinique
Puerto Rico
Santo Domingo in the DR
St Barts
St Kitts
St Lucia
St Martin
St Thomas and St John
Tortola
Virgin Gorda

Other possibilities: Islands that are familure to us. As the big cruise ships do not normally call on these islands I have no prepared talks for them. I do have pictures of many and with some collaboration we could also include them. Perhaps someone more familure with these islands would consent to doing mini tours for us.

St Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Union Island, Carriacou, Mayreau, Palm Island, Trinidad.

Others I have little or no information on
Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Isle de Saints, St Croix, Barbuda, Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatus, Tobago

Currently I am researching Nassau in the Bahamas for a cruise talk in December and looking for help with that. Take pity on me if you have something to share.

Everyone please feel free to add pictures or information to any of the tours. If a new tour appears give it a few minutes before you reply as I may still be adding pictures. I will be happy to assist if anyone needs help with the pictures or format.

I hope all enjoy these tours and that our site will become a reference station for those looking to vacation in the Caribbean. It may help us find new customers.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job Tim!!!! and we can always count on Fred for a little local education! Definitely makes the this site worthwhile!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the memories. I'm disappointed about the natural bridge collapsing. I'm terrified of heights, but I stood on it and had my picture taken. While there, we saw a large turtle playing in the water - it was really neat.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fred nailed the California Lighthouse. On the opposite end of the island is the Colorado light.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Natural Bridge Aruba repo Amazing Grace June 2005.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Tim for all of the Island Tours! You tours are a wonderful way for us to "travel" while we wait for our ship. tall ship
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Thanks! Reply with quote

Great reflections of our 2nd son's and daughter-in-law's honeymoon ... fond memories ... maybe we'll go there ourselves! Thanks, Tim.
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