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    Having made that drive, I would strongly caution against it unless you have some real off road experience. Some of the rental agencies I've dealt with also prohibit trying to go to the Natural Pool.

    Jeeps usually go for $75-$105 a day, depending on the company last time I checked.
    http://www.amigocar.com/
    http://www.more4less-aruba.com/
    http://www.arubaroyal.com/our_fleet.html
    http://www.economyaruba.com/economy/home.do
    http://www.budgetaruba.com/
    http://www.usave.com/fran_detail.aspx?fid=100033

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    When we rented our 4 x 4 from USave, we were specifically told we could not drive to the Natural Pool or National Park. (we did end up in parts of the park, but had heard horror stories of broken axles, etc trying to get to the Pool.

    We really wanted to see the Natural Pool and heard about a woman named Madi who will take you there. Since we had a car, we met her at her place. Her love of the island, especially "the other side" is obvious, and her enthusiasm is overwhelming and very contagious! She even sang us songs in Papiamento! What a wild trip we had to the pool in her red Willy's Jeep! and a wonderful swim too! She has pulled many jeeps out of "predicaments", and having been on the "road" there (ruts, ditches, large rocks) there's no way we would have made it! Being alone with her and not part of a fast tour made this the most memorable day of out two weeks!! I can't recommend her enough! Her contact info is 746-1397 or 749-9414, or try her email reachitmadi@hotmail.com.

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    Cris,
    Having been to the NP countless times I agree with the rest of the folks...use a tour, it will free you up to watch the scenery, you will have no stress worrying about the rough terrain and the swim will be intoxicating !!!!
    We used to take jeeps out there all the time, but the terrain is getting really really rough and it is not an easy trip...we have also taken quads out there many times, but last year it was really really scary (esp for me having flipped one a year before here at home) and I will probably not ever do that again....
    So, long story short...guided tour is the way to go !!!!! Plus you can drink rum and not worry about driving
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    I have to agree with everyone else. We attempted the Nat Pool on our own a couple years back and didnt make it. We did it again last year with an organized tour and it was much more relaxing and fun.
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    Thanks to all for your responses. While I love a challenging adventure you are all probably persuading me to go on a tour. I saw some of those vehicles the tours use and I can't help but think a 2009 or 2010 wrangler would chop right through the terrain. Those 4x4's look so antiquated....

    So it's cool to bring a cooler of ours on the tour with lots of frosty beers and rum drinks?

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    not if you are the one doing the driving and no open bottles/containers of liquor in cars/jeeps

    Quote Originally Posted by Cris View Post
    Thanks to all for your responses. While I love a challenging adventure you are all probably persuading me to go on a tour. I saw some of those vehicles the tours use and I can't help but think a 2009 or 2010 wrangler would chop right through the terrain. Those 4x4's look so antiquated....

    So it's cool to bring a cooler of ours on the tour with lots of frosty beers and rum drinks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cris View Post
    I saw some of those vehicles the tours use and I can't help but think a 2009 or 2010 wrangler would chop right through the terrain. Those 4x4's look so antiquated....
    You couldn't be more wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cris View Post
    I can't help but think a 2009 or 2010 wrangler would chop right through the terrain. Those 4x4's look so antiquated....

    So it's cool to bring a cooler of ours on the tour with lots of frosty beers and rum drinks?
    #1 only if you want to leave the bottom of the Jeep behind you!!! LOL
    ( BTW, I think some of those "antiquated" 4x4's have been modified)


    #2 it's a two-hands-hold-on-for dear- life ride -- drinking while driving is actually impossible! :-)
    Just trying to stay in your own seat is a challenge!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windy View Post
    #1 only if you want to leave the bottom of the Jeep behind you!!! LOL
    ( BTW, I think some of those "antiquated" 4x4's have been modified)
    They may be antiquated but they are the right tool for the job. A lot of the newer vehicles aren't built to handle abuse like the old stuff.

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