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    Day 4

    Day 4

    Yesterday. Destination, Baby Beach. Started off with a delicious breakfast of pastechis and croquetas. We’ve had on our list of things to do, a visit to Bright Bakery. We did it. SO great! We’ll get there again before we leave, for sure! So reasonable! Can’t even explain how we got two ham & cheese pastechis, 3 croquetas, 2 extra-large apple strudels and a 6-pack of Bright buns for only $10.

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    After the bakery, we headed toward Baby Beach, swung by Seroe Colorado lighthouse and then off-roaded it past the pet cemetery to Baby Beach. We snorkeled in the “inlet” to the south side of Baby Beach. We did two passes, snorkeling and got fried by the sun. Our backs and back of our legs, just fried.

    We brought some large dog bones as we read somewhere that they’re more durable than bread and the fish love them. The hazard of hand-feeding fish? Fish bites. Large chub eating.

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    Next, we ate our lunch of our famous Aruba cheesesteaks made from the night before’s leftover filet sautéed with some onions and peppers, gouda and slapped on a toasted Bright bun. YUM. Can’t get much better.

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    Wondering if that was why three sweet little donkeys befriended us. We shared a little lunch with them too. Chips and sweet kisses.

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    Planned on pizza for the night. Try as we might, we cannot make it to Pizza n More. We’ve tried 5 or 6 times and they were either closed or we got frustrated in downtown traffic. We stopped at Pizza Hut and that stuffed-crust Pepperoni Lovers pizza, certainly, hit the spot.
    Dead tired, our skin too hot and fried for the hot-tub, we had a couple cocktails and relaxed indoors. Was another good day, like all.

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    Great day! Great adventure! Minus the sunburn and getting bit by the fish.

    Love the picture with the donkeys! How cute is that!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Day 5

    Day 5
    Today. Knew we had to stay out of the sun another day so we kept the top on the jeep and did a littleoff-roading, this toward California Lighthouse all the way around to Andicuri Beach.
    Firstly, we’ve heard talk of how small Druif Beach is and talk of erosion of sand and no beach left. Whatever it was, it’s not anymore. It’s 100 yards from the road to the water.

    Druif Beach:
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    Baby Natural Bridge:
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    Off-road:
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    This is a view from when you leave the Natural Bridge, in a 4x4 you’d drive up the mountain to get to Andicuri Beach, the back way. Andicuri Beach, the locals were there, as usual, very nice. Dipped our feet in.

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    Left there, going to try to head to Boca Daimari. Decided against it after some really tough challenges, driving the jeep on the horse trails. So we left over by the horse corrals and had lunch in the desert. More Aruba cheesesteaks (had a lot of steak left).

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    Went back to the resort and had a couple of cocktails at the swim-up infinity pool. Tonight, The Cove for some grouper, the casino for some revenge. Wish us luck!

    NOTE: They charge $1 to use the restroom at the new snack bar/gift shop at the Natural Pool. We had the desert and I had a roll of toilet paper. Gals, get ready. If you’re going desert-trekking, always bring a roll of toilet paper.

    Another notable: The restrooms/concession stand at Arashi Beach are still not open. Asked a busdriver about them and was advised it was due to politics or something like that.

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    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing your adventures!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Loving it, Thank you for sharing with us .

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    Today, you have been to one of my favorite places: the Natural Bridge.
    (You mentioned the "new snack bar/gift shop at the Natural Pool", it's probably a typo?)

    Great info about getting to Andicuri Beach from the Natural Bridge. Thanks for answering my question (which I had not yet posted to the forum! LOL)

    Again, wonderful pictures and informative descriptions. Makes I feel I have been right there with you guys! Thanks!

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    Today, Natural Pool, Pastechis on the way in Paradera and can we make it to Diamari Beach, we're going to give it a shot. Great pictures to follow.

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    Great pictures & great fun! Thanks for sharing & keep it coming

    Hope your backs are feeling better. There is nothing like Aruba Aloe to help with the sun sting.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    thanks for sharing and looking forward to more photos.
    enjoy your adventure ....surely i am enjoying reading about it.

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    Wow what a great trip report! So adventurous. I love that Bright Bakery! Bully took me there on a tour and he treated. I also had the pestechi but I also had these coconut macaroons that were to die for. I could not stop eating them! I also used to eat at the cove (allahambra casino) when I stood at the divi resorts in 3 or 4 occasions. The burgers, philly cheese steaks were always large portions. The first time I went there the Divi Golf gave me this buy one get one free diner entry and so I said sure why not. I also paid $1.00 to use the bathroom at the natural pool which I though was odd especially after I paid $4 for a small bright beer..Oh well.

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