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    Wow that is sad -thanks for the tip

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    Baby Beach... again ...

    Dan Roundfield drowns in Aruba

    He and his wife went outside the opening and out into open waters. Roundfield saved his wife and was swept away by the currents.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BE AWARE

    There are plenty of safe places to snorkel in Aruba which are much less treacherous.

    Just me, I would never dive there, never mind snorkel I would not even snorkel anywhere near the opening, just too risky that the current and waves will suck you out.

    charles said it best

    Baby beach is just that but once outside the confines of the protective barriers, the rip is deadly. Some years ago, a dentist was just a few yards outside the barrier and they found him about a mile off shore. Another close call. ...
    If your body doesn't have scales and if your lungs do not process the oxygen from the water, you are not on your own turf.

    Keep that in mind.

    Lastly, as a tourist destination this is not a topic that we like to bring forward but facts are facts.
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 08-07-2012 at 06:40 PM.

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    terrible!!

    so MANY people go thru the opening

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Baby Beach... again ...

    Dan Roundfield drowns in Aruba

    He and his wife went outside the opening and out into open waters. Roundfield saved his wife and was swept away by the currents.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BE AWARE

    There are plenty of safe places to snorkel in Aruba which are much less treacherous.

    Just me, I would never dive there, never mind snorkel I would not even snorkel anywhere near the opening, just too risky that the current and waves will suck you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    terrible!!

    so MANY people go thru the opening
    See the attached for an aerial view of the openings. There is also an inlet which varies in depth. I suggest staying out of there as well.

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    Ill be in Aruba in about 2 weeks and was planning on snorkeling here but after reading about so many drownings here I am not sure if I should skip Baby Beach. Where can I snorkel that is much safer? And I still dont understand where are the danger areas in Baby Beach. Can someone explain?

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    the danger area at baby beach is outside of the seawall

    there is PLENTY of gorgeous snorkeling inside the seawall area.

    we always snorkel there and have seen lots......barracuda, parrot fish, moray etc..
    outside = danger
    inside= perfect

    baby beach is a terrific place to snorkel

    stay within the boundaries no matter how strong of a swimmer you are.
    i am a very strong swimmer and would not even consider going out beyond the very obvious boundaries.

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    How sad, thank you for the tips and maps.
    Cathey

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    clarification

    the seawall does not totally enclose the snorkel area
    (see the photo that lisa posted)

    imagine that the entire area on the inside is the bowl and the outside is the danger area.
    swim/snorkel in the bowl section.
    most of the bowl section is between inches deep and 5' deep.

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    Thank you Ill be sure not to wonder outside the seawalls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    imagine that the entire area on the inside is the bowl and the outside is the danger area.
    swim/snorkel in the bowl section.
    most of the bowl section is between inches deep and 5' deep.
    I drew a line across the do not cross out of the "bowl" section.

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