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    I believe we tried a tour to the Natural Pool the first time we went to Aruba.

    It was raining cats & dogs...we made it to the spot where we had lunch and tried to go on some more from there. My friend and I were at the back of the jeep, facing outward (so our backs were to the driver and rest of the passengers) all I can say is thank goodness it was raining because then no one could see my tears of pure fear streaming down my face.

    There weren't enough guides so a fellow tourist drove, um yeah, lets just say we never made it to the natural pool because the weather was so horrible. There were mudslides everywhere and we were filthy, cold & soaked to the bone. It was the most terryfing day of my life! Thank God my friend is still my friend after all that! I am sure she was just as scared! Maybe we'll make it next time.

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    We have rented a Jeep wrangler from More 4 less and always go to the Natural Pool and explore the rough side of the Island on our own. To me that is one of my favorite things to do while we are there. As long as you are comfortable with some technical driving and take it slow you will be fine. I couldn't stand to sit in the back of a tour jeep and just hold on, whats the fun in that? As for the liability, just use an American Express card and they have a very low cost liability coverage they will add to the rental.

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    Unfortunately, we didn't have much choice in where we sat. And in 3 other trips, we haven't tried it again : ) Maybe next year LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick and Sara View Post
    I couldn't stand to sit in the back of a tour jeep and just hold on, whats the fun in that?
    I suppose it would be a fun challenge for the one who's driving, but everyone else has to sit and go for the ride!!!
    Last edited by Windy; 05-17-2010 at 08:47 PM.

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    Talking Jeep Rental for Natural Pool

    We rented a 4 x 4 jeep when we went to Aruba 5 years ago - also going in one month from now. We rented a jeep then, as we are now, and traveled all over the island. It was great. Only downfall, don't leave anything in the car. My husband's snorkel equipment got stolen - but they left mine! Anyway, if you rent a jeep and travel by yourself to the Natural Pool (which by the way you have to go to), it is a rough ride. You are basically climbing with your vehicle over rocks. It's pretty scary, but very exciting. I kept saying to my husband "we're going to get a flat"...and he kept saying "this is a 4x4 - made for this"... Well guess what - we got a flat. I wish I could post the picture of him changing the tire. In any event, the only way to reach the pool is really by a jeep, or ATV. Can't wait to do it again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by derock555 View Post
    We rented a 4 x 4 jeep when we went to Aruba 5 years ago - also going in one month from now. We rented a jeep then, as we are now, and traveled all over the island. It was great. Only downfall, don't leave anything in the car. My husband's snorkel equipment got stolen - but they left mine! Anyway, if you rent a jeep and travel by yourself to the Natural Pool (which by the way you have to go to), it is a rough ride. You are basically climbing with your vehicle over rocks. It's pretty scary, but very exciting. I kept saying to my husband "we're going to get a flat"...and he kept saying "this is a 4x4 - made for this"... Well guess what - we got a flat. I wish I could post the picture of him changing the tire. In any event, the only way to reach the pool is really by a jeep, or ATV. Can't wait to do it again....
    First time I tried to get there I got the Jeep stuck - my wife wanted to KILL me! Luckily one of the tour guides from a passing convoy helped tow me out.

    2nd time I tried - I did it with an oranized tour and it was much les stressful!
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    So just out of curiosity, did anyone lower the tire pressure once on the rocky path/road to the pool? If not, that probably why everyone was bouncing around so violently! lol
    Tires should be set to 15 psi when navigating rough terrain like that, the difference it makes is night and day.

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    I still say go with Madi! You get all the fun of the road, you're not part of a tour pack, and she is just so much fun and full of information!!! She has rescued MANY disabled Jeeps -- so many drivers really think they can do that trail to the pool/conchi, but they'd be better off walking! lol (she seems to be having trouble with email, so just call when you get there)
    Last edited by Windy; 05-18-2010 at 07:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windy View Post
    I still say go with Madi! You get all the fun of the road, you're not part of a tour pack, and she is just so much fun and full of information!!! She has rescued MANY disabled Jeeps -- so many drivers really think they can do that trail to the pool/conchi, but they'd be better off walking! lol (she seems to be having trouble with email, so just call when you get there)
    Do you mind telling us what she charged you for the trip? Was it all day or just the afternoon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattnewhampshire View Post
    Do you mind telling us what she charged you for the trip? Was it all day or just the afternoon?
    I think she'll take you for as long as you want.
    Since we had a rental car (a 4x4 but not off-road), we met her at her daughter's house, which is on the beginning of the road to the Nat'l Pool. We spent over an hour at the pool, then she took us to some other really cool places that I guess not so many people know about ( Three Bridges, some cool huge blowholes, other spots). We probably spent a good four - five hours with her. She charged us $100 for four of us, and we gave her extra because we all felt she was "priceless"!!!!!! So much more than just a "tour guide", sharing stories about growing up on the island, and her passion for the "other side".

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