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One day in Aruba

The ABC islands are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. However don’t expect to be able to pay in Euros everywhere, you might be disappointed. They are not part of the European Union.

Planning and what to do

Aruba is famous for the beaches.

It’s very warm year around (between 25 and 30 degree Celsius) with few and short rain falls. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
I’m not too much into tanning, generally I stay pale anyway. Therefore I searched for other things to do. I found some interesting rock formations – Ayo and Casibari Rock Formation. The Arikok National Park also includes some beautiful beaches, a natural pool and some caves with Indian drawings. The Quadirikiri Cave and Blackstone Beach are also part of the national part, however I didn’t see them – lack of time. The Quadirikiri Cave has some holes in the roof that illuminates the whole cave with sunlight. The Blackstone Beach is of organic origin and the only beach in Aruba with black stand.
If you are interested to see Dutch Colonial Architecture, you have to visit Oranjestad. I had my fill on it in Curaçao.

I did a 4 WD tour around the Arikok National Park

It was a bumpy ride.

Some views of the Coast:


This is the Baby Natural Bridge


The Natural Bridge collapsed in 2005, it looks like this now:


Bushiribana Gold Mine

This gold mine looks like a fort. This is a good and original way to protect a gold mine.

Ayo Rock Formation

We did a little hike through the rocks.

Natural Pool:

I always try to find some souvenirs from my different trips. They are displayed in my living room either on the wall or on the shelves. Well except for the ones I eat or bring my friends. As a souvenir I took a hand-made MOPA MOPA art piece - an owl for my wall - with me. The burrowing owl is one of the national symbols of Aruba that can be found on coins and some postal stamps.

Posted by Steffi Kay 03:29 Archived in Aruba

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