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    Quote Originally Posted by LeaveTheKidsWithMom View Post
    No GPS we use the Birch map and sometimes we do a lot of circles or as some local guy said last trip "you go this way, that way and this way again". We do have a bunch of shortcuts memorized but off road it's just follow the trails. Yes that was a typo, no gift shop at the Conchi it was the Nat Bridge, did we mention how nice it is, wow they were just starting it last November.
    Thanks! Sounds perfect using a good map! And getting lost from time to time is part of the fun!

    I still remember the old gift shop at the Natural Bridge, it was charming in it's own way. But needed probably some makeover.
    "Back then", the charges a bit for using the bathroom. Which I did every time I went to the Natural Bridge ~ never leave out an opportunity! LOL I only had a regular small rental car and would not venture towards Arawak Park as the streets were not paved. And anywhere else were other tourists!

    Did you by any chance drive by the Ostrich Farm? Would you know if the restaurant there has been rebuilt?

    Thanks so much for your detailed descriptions accompanied by your beautiful photos! LOVE every bit of it!

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    Even your relax day sounds awesome! Thanks for the pics. ahhhhhh is right!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Dia 8

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    8:00 pm last night, we had a hair-brained idea to try Aruba Bob’s so we contacted them by email (they’re preferred method), then called to see if we could book a tour for tomorrow morning (Wed.) They got us right in for 9:00 am. So we figured, since we’re going that way anyway, why not do Baby Beach afterward. It was so beautiful. We checked the cruise-ship schedule to see if we could take Route 1 there so lo and behold, we had to take Route 4 there. Damn! Pastechis again?!?!

    We’re, now, at Club Arias, the base for Aruba Bob. There was one more couple going so it was only the four of us and Stuart, our guide for the trip. Nice. We were kind of surprised how far we went out with him, considering we left from the beach, not from a boat. We felt 100% confident and safe with his abilities. The other couple seemed to be about as experienced as we are snorkeling.
    After we passed the breakwater, it was amazing to see the sealife, the coral, the surroundings. It’s nothing like one would see snorkeling just off shore. We were out past the yellow buoy at Mangel Halto by at least 100 yards. We’ve got some photos:

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. Aruba Bob's was a HIT!

    We, then, went back to Baby Beach. We’re starting to get some current with the wind. Visibility was not too clear either. But, we’ve been blessed as it’s been pretty calm this May as opposed to last May.


    Pet Cemetery – in our snorkel area, on our way to Baby Beach from Seroe Colorado.
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    Headed back to the resort. Along the way I decided to take a photo of the street sign out my window. For someone who’s put several hundred miles on this island, don’t you think Robert should know what they each mean? :P He has no clue.

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    So far, 253 miles logged. Tonight dinner, more cocktails, more casino-play. Tomorrow, we have no idea at this point. But again, I guarantee, more good times, more adventure. ♥

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    I'm so happy to hear you loved Aruba Bob's as much as we did! Wait till you see all of the pictures they send you in a few days or so. Trip sounds great, thanks for sharing!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Aruba Bob's is awesome. Forum member Kent is the owner and Stuart is his #1 man!

    All of those that go out with Stuart or any of the other staff have the time of their lives!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by LeaveTheKidsWithMom View Post
    Dia 8

    8:00 pm last night, we had a hair-brained idea to try Aruba Bob’s so we contacted them

    by email (they’re preferred method), then called to see if we could book a tour for tomorrow morning (Wed.) They got us right in for 9:00 am. So we figured, since we’re going that way anyway, why not do Baby Beach afterward. It was so beautiful. We checked the cruise-ship schedule to see if we could take Route 1 there so lo and behold, we had to take Route 4 there. Damn! Pastechis again?!?!

    We’re, now, at Club Arias, the base for Aruba Bob. There was one more couple going so it was only the four of us and Stuart, our guide for the trip. Nice. We were kind of surprised how far we went out with him, considering we left from the beach, not from a boat. We felt 100% confident and safe with his abilities. The other couple seemed to be about as experienced as we are snorkeling.
    After we passed the breakwater, it was amazing to see the sealife, the coral, the surroundings. It’s nothing like one would see snorkeling just off shore. We were out past the yellow buoy at Mangel Halto by at least 100 yards. We’ve got some photos:

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. Aruba Bob's was a HIT!

    We, then, went back to Baby Beach. We’re starting to get some current with the wind. Visibility was not too clear either. But, we’ve been blessed as it’s been pretty calm this May as opposed to last May.


    Pet Cemetery – in our snorkel area, on our way to Baby Beach from Seroe Colorado.
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    Headed back to the resort. Along the way I decided to take a photo of the street sign out my window. For someone who’s put several hundred miles on this island, don’t you think Robert should know what they each mean? :P He has no clue.

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    So far, 253 miles logged. Tonight dinner, more cocktails, more casino-play. Tomorrow, we have no idea at this point. But again, I guarantee, more good times, more adventure. ♥

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    Another great adventure! Another great read! Thanks for sharing!

    Btw, the street signs have the following meaning (from top to bottom)

    - Priority road
    - No overtaking
    - No stopping

    Being originally from Germany, I still remember those street signs very well!
    Last edited by CK1; 05-11-2016 at 11:44 PM. Reason: Corrected typo! :)

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    i have been driving in aruba for years and apparently had no flippin idea!

    what is a priority road and what is overtaing?

    being from MA and now from FLA, i have my own set of driving rules.....especially hand signal.

    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Another great adventure! Another great read! Thanks for sharing!

    Btw, the street signs have the following meaning (from top to bottom)

    - Priority road
    - No overtaing
    - No stopping

    Being originally from Germany, I still remember those street signs very well!

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    ArubaBob Tours is excellent. I will be going again our next trip just so I can re-experience it ready, with anticipation.

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    Oops, a type! LOL Must read "no overtaking"

    A "priority road" is the road where you have the right to go if there is an intersection. The cars coming on the roads to your left and right have a "yield" sign.

    Lucky for you if you get away with hand signals!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    i have been driving in aruba for years and apparently had no flippin idea!

    what is a priority road and what is overtaing?

    being from MA and now from FLA, i have my own set of driving rules.....especially hand signal.

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    thanks for the info.

    my hand signals really only involve a finger.
    but i have gotten much better behaved in FLA, as it seems everyone (not paul or me) have guns and i do not want my finger blown off
    in aruba, i drive like a little old lady, but do use directionals.

    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Oops, a type! LOL Must read "no overtaking"

    A "priority road" is the road where you have the right to go if there is an intersection. The cars coming on the roads to your left and right have a "yield" sign.

    Lucky for you if you get away with hand signals!

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