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    Aruba Off-Road

    Anyone try Aruba Off-Road yet? Wondering if it is worth $288 for the 3 of us.
    http://arubaoffroad.com/tour.htm

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    Actually I was off roading back there and saw one of their vehicles broken down with no one there. I hope everything went well. It does seem fun though.

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    Help!

    Okay, we are biting the bullet and putting out the $$$ for what "hopefully" will be an enjoyable way of getting to the Natural Pool.

    With that said, we are planning on wearing our junkiest most horrible clothes. As suggested, we will wear our bathing suits under our shorts.

    The question I had though was what do we do for footwear? I would normally wear sneakers for driving, but would want my water shoes for swimming in the Natural Pool. We were planning on only bringing one backpack with beach towels since dd will be the only one able to hold onto anything. The vehicles seem to be pretty much open so not sure if there would be storage anywhere. 3 prs of water shoes would never fit in the one backpack.


    This is such an idiotic question but would be appreciative to anyone with suggestions.

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    Check out those land end things, sneaker/water shoe....or wear flip flops in the water....good luck, wish i had this dilema. The dilema here is what sweater i should put on, its so freaking cold. AH..the sun, the sand, the ocean..."another lucky family on their way to paradise"....

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    Lisa,
    My husband,myself and of course many of our tag alongs always rent quads from Melchor's Cycle Rental....587-1787. The quads are reliable as well as having "fix-a-flat under each seat. We always take one soft cooler for H2O and beer and a junky travel bag (or back pack ) and bungee them to the fronts of the quads. We always manage to make everything fit. I even take an old junky beach bag to put xtras in..(suntan lotion, toilet paper....)and bungee them too....maybe throw a couple in a suitcase as we do and we never worry about loosing anything,,,,,hope this helps.......By the way.........I AM VERY JEALOUS....NOT GOING TILL NOVEMBER !!!!! Have fun for us too !!!!!
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    HALF-DAY TOUR PRICING
    $109 per person (based upon two passengers to a car)
    $179 per single driver in a car

    Maybe I am reading this wrong, but it seems to me that for the 3 of you it would be $109 +$109+$179= $397; which does seem a bit steep.
    At any rate, have a good trip, wish we were there
    [SIGPIC]Augusta !

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle dave View Post
    $397; which does seem a bit steep. At any rate, have a good trip, wish we were there
    Believe me, I thought the same. That along with the helicopter tour are combined anniversary presents for dh and myself... As well as his Father's Day present.

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    Cool Bring both

    I would suggest bringing both water shoes (i.e. for when you are in the Natural Pool) and sneakers (i.e. for driving to/getting down all of the stairs to the Natural Pool) with you. You may want to bring one towel to share amongst the three of you (you will dry off in the sun fairly quickly anyway) and 3 pairs of water shoes in your backpack (fewer towels = more space in backpack).

    P.S. Would love to hear some feedback on the Aruba Off-Road tour (i.e. whether it is worth it or not).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Flanagan View Post
    I would suggest bringing both water shoes (i.e. for when you are in the Natural Pool) and sneakers (i.e. for driving to/getting down all of the stairs to the Natural Pool) with you. You may want to bring one towel to share amongst the three of you (you will dry off in the sun fairly quickly anyway) and 3 pairs of water shoes in your backpack (fewer towels = more space in backpack).

    P.S. Would love to hear some feedback on the Aruba Off-Road tour (i.e. whether it is worth it or not).

    Thank you! All excellent suggestions. Will take your advice on wearing sneakers and bringing watershoes.

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    Well...

    Dh received via email a confimation for our tour today:

    "BABY BEACH TOUR – Morning tour
    After a short but informative briefing about the tour, driving instructions and safety features, you will be ready to operate the easiest and safest off-road car on the island. Just put the gear in forward and off you go!
    Your tour starting point is located in the Cunuku (country) and only minutes from the Arikok National Park. This means you will be "off-roading" from the moment you get in the car! A sense of adventure and excitement surrounds as you follow your guide to our first stop of the day, Jamanota. At 620ft (188m), the highest point on the Island, you will experience amazing views of the whole island and on a clear day you can even see across to Venezuela. Don't forget you camera!
    A rough and rocky road, surrounded by a forest of majestic pipe cactus, leads us to the next island highlight, Guadirkiri Caves. Legend has it that the headstrong daughter of an Indian Chief was trapped here with an unsuitable suitor and left to perish but their love-boosted spirits shot through the roof of the cave and into heaven.
    Enjoy spectacular views of Caribbean blue waters and crashing waves and as we drive along Aruba's rugged north coast on our way to another great photo opportunity, the hard to reach Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge, a gift from nature just for you!
    After our dusty journey, there is nothing more refreshing than a splash in the ocean at the spectacular Baby Beach... crystal clear waters and a beautiful sandy beach are perfect for everyone. Are you Hungry? Don't worry… lunch is served with a beautiful ocean view at "Boca Prins Restaurant"
    TOUR PRICING
    $99 per person (based upon two passengers to a car)
    Kids Price 49$ (per one paying adult)
    Per single driver car the price is: 139$
    PRICES INCLUDES
    * Pick-up and drop off from your hotel or cruise ship
    * Snacks, soft drinks and bottled water
    * Goggles and gloves
    * Flashlights to go in to the caves
    * Morning tour includes lunch: option of Grouper with Creole Sauce or Chicken Pincho with Ribs
    The total tour time approximately 3 ˝ hours"

    We specifically booked the "Half Day Tour" only to get to the Natural Pool. We didn't need lunch and have seen the other sights, nearly a dozen times.

    We were surprised, well actually shocked by the email, which does not even acknowledge the distinct change from our previous planned tour to the Natural Pool.

    Dh called them directly just now and was informed they "no longer offer the tour to the Natural Pool because the water is too rough".

    So we cancelled. Now we are searching our other options to get to the Natural Pool which do not involve dh driving or riding horseback.

    Probably going to be via ATV through Daimari or Kini Kini. Dh is on the phone with them now.

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