Today was more great family time. We had a wonderful breakfast at the Islander Grill then decided to take a day off property. We ventured off to Arikok National Park. We stopped at the Visitor Center, paid our fees of $10 per adult and ventured off into the wild We saw many goats and goat families including some really adorable babies that will be part of our memories of the day for a long time to come. We stopped at Boca Prins for some awesome exploring & picture taking! We then stopped at Fontein Caves and had an amazing tour including a little pond with baby Tilapia who offered free mani/pedis feeding on the dead skin of our hands & feet - SO freaky & they really tickle! After the cave we stopped for a much needed Balashi & Gatorades for the little ones, then continued the ride thru the park and back to LaCabana using our natural sense of direction (note the sarcasm). Got back just in time for happy hour! Ordered a few pizzas from Sbarro & enjoyed the pool for a bit before coming up to our room to pack. We will be moving to another room tomorrow.
We did pull into the parking lot at Uritaka, but decided to go back to LaCabana to see what the rest of the family was planning for dinner...plus, of course, it was already happy hour at Pata Pata.....
We plan to go to The Promanade for brunch tomorrow morning before switching rooms. Then will be back at Royal to change cars & head to the airport at 5:30 & 9pm to pick up some family So excited!!!
I so enjoy readying your trip reports. Please tell me more about the tour of the little pond with the tilapia medi/pedicures. There will be 36 of us in Aruba next April so I'm looking for unique things to do / tour while on the Island. We do frequent Boca Prins restaurant although have never paid to enter the park (to go to the restaurant). If we stopped at the caves, do the rangers know if you paid to enter the park? Just wondering how they actually control that. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Also interested in hearing your review for the Promanade.
They do give bright orange wristbands to each paying adult. The park rangers at the cave did not ask if we paid nor did they mention the wristbands, but again they were bright orange so it was quite obvious.
Hahaha Andrea - he didn't even wear his wedding band to Aruba this year! Do you all remember the wedding ring that was lost on the beach last year & returned through this wonderful forum? That was my brother
Alu - When you are at the Fontein Cave there is a hut where the park rangers stay and to the right of that is a path that goes down a few steps and winds around if you follow that down there is a large pond on the right and a smaller on right in front of you with a little wooden bridge. The little one is easier to access. The tour guide did say it was private property but he was approved to go there. Don't know if that was true, or a little story to increase his tip