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    Thumbs up BABY BEACH: Review

    Baby Beach is located on the opposite end of Arashi (southeastern end) and right past San Nicolas. It took us 45 minutes to get here (even with all of the construction and traffic detours and us being tourist...taking our time and snapping pictures along the way). You'll know you are getting close when you see the huge red anchor dedicated to the seaman (stop and take a picture with the ocean in the background). You might also get lucky and see the donkeys out running around in the road or on the side of the road. There was a baby donkey when we were there. So cute.

    The parking lot is huge and free of course. There's actually 2 parking lots. The beach area we stayed at is the second parking lot.

    This beach is absolutely gorgeous! Very nice, soft sand and it's a calm lagoon that makes this the perfect place for families with smaller children. You can walk really far out and it's still very shallow. The beach is HUGE!

    There is a restaurant, called Big Mama's Grill, with food and drinks. This place is themed from the Flintstones and the employees are dressed up with the Flintstone attire as well. You'll find "stone-age" chairs and tables and statues of the Flintstones themselves around the building. It's pretty cute.

    They do have a dive shop here, but the day we were there, no one seemed to be in it (or I just walked over later in the day and they had already closed).

    You can also rent beach chairs (I want to say $10 each???) or you can rent a 2 person windscreen/canopy type of contraption that they set up for you on the beach and it's really nice with a screen in the back to let to nice breeze flow into it. It works great! We never really felt hot while sitting in it. It also comes with 2 lounge chairs. The price is a little on the expensive side, so be prepared to pay $56 for it all. But, if you plan on staying all day, it's well worth it because natural shade is scarce here.

    Now lets get to the snorkeling...I have read multiple reports on the snorkeling that were totally opposite of each other..."great snorkeling", "not the greatest", "not good unless you go out of the lagoon area, which is too dangerous" and so on. So...here's my opinion: I thought it was pretty darn good! I snorkel everywhere we go and we usually cruise 3-4 times a year and I'll snorkel in every single port (usually 3-5 ports per cruise). So, I'd say I have snorkeled around 75+ times, all over the Caribbean and Bermuda. I'm not a pro, but I can only offer my "opinion" based on all the places I have been. I think Baby Beach is pretty good for snorkeling and the variety of things you'll see. Is it the best? No, not at all, but it won't disappoint you either. It can definitely take up a lot of your time exploring and in my book, that's good enough!

    So where is this snorkeling located? When you are standing on the beach looking out at the water, look to your left. You will see a small area roped off along the rocky area not far out at all. You can walk all the way out to this area. Once you go under the ropes, it gets a little deep and you'll have to swim JUST in that area, which isn't big. That's not really the snorkeling area IMO. You'll find a lot of fish everywhere and they'll swarm you with curiosity. However, if you want to see, what I would call the snorkeling area, you'll need to head between the rocks (which would be more left). There is a HUGE current right here and you'll kick and swim your heart out. It's NOT DEEP! You can put your feet down at any time AFTER checking to make sure there's no coral you might be stepping on of course. I found at one point that I would turn around (with the current to my back), wedge my foot down on a rock and lean back to keep the water from pushing me. You can swim up and down this area (head left once you are in it) and it's almost like a little stream through there. SO MANY FISH in this area and coral too! This place has some of the BIGGEST Parrot fish ever! It reminded me of Bermuda (there's are huge too), but I spotted the biggest parrot fish I think I have ever seen in my life before. I learned on this trip that the dark blue with black parrot fish seem to be the huge ones. I don't think I had ever seen this variation before snorkeling. I tried to look them up and maybe they are called midnight parrot fish? If anyone knows, let me know. During our trip, we would continue to see these monsters when snorkeling at places like DePalm as well.

    Parrot fish go through many stages of life and change colors. Some Parrot fish are hermaphrodites and start as females and change to males later in life, while others start as males. They are called Parrot fish because they have a mouth like a beak (or parrot) with teeth. If you are in a calm place and be still, you can hear them munching on the coral and you'll hear a crunching sound. It's pretty cool.

    Of course you'll see plenty of other fish and some coral as well. You can go way back in this little "stream-like" area and no worries, you can stand up along all of it...it's not deep...just watch where you put your feet down. On the way back out...just simply float your way back. The water will carry you back to the beginning. So much fun. I stood up many times to take some pictures of the water outside this area crashing over the rocks and my daughter was standing beside me on the rocks at the shore. LOL They could see the huge parrot fish because he would manage to get himself in smaller/shallow areas and he'd be sticking up out of the water. They stood right there on the rocks at shore watching and could see everything.

    We spent the entire day here and met another family from the US and became friends and hung out the rest of our vacation (going to beaches and dinner together). Sakari loved that she had a new friend to swim with and we enjoyed adult company...even talked them into extending their vacation and they ended up renting the exact some cottage we were considering before we came.

    Amazing day here! (It's also one of the other couples favorite beaches and they come here several times during their stay in Aruba each time). I highly recommend this beach.


    HERE ARE MY PICTURES FROM THAT DAY

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    Thank you so much for such detailed reviews and great photos! I've enjoyed every single one of them! What are you using for your underwater photos? We are heading down,in March, and can't wait to go snorkeling and take pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmitchell_travelplanner View Post
    Thank you so much for such detailed reviews and great photos! I've enjoyed every single one of them! What are you using for your underwater photos? We are heading down,in March, and can't wait to go snorkeling and take pics!
    Thanks for your comments. I appreciate it and glad you are enjoying them.

    I'm hooked on the Olympus Tough camera's. I discovered them several years ago and started with my Olympus 620. I liked it so much that I ended up buying a 830 for a back up. Last year I decided to get a 3rd and ended up with the Olympus Tough TG4. It is AMAZING! I love this camera and all the functions is has (settings). It does an amazing job both on land and in the water. I don't even carry my DSLR camera with me on vacation now. The nice thing about the TG4 is that you can add lens to it (I have a fisheye lens I use here and there). The older camera's don't have the ability to add any lens.

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    Awesome, thank you. I wanted to find something that could serve as both my land and water camera so I don't have to worry about lugging my dslr around

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmitchell_travelplanner View Post
    Awesome, thank you. I wanted to find something that could serve as both my land and water camera so I don't have to worry about lugging my dslr around
    You are very welcome. That is the exact reason why I switched over...too many lens and equipment that it made vacation not as enjoyable. I switched and have never looked back.

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    Love the Lego minifig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUA1989 View Post
    Love the Lego minifig!


    Thank you.

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    Thank you for an excellent, informative review of Baby Beach. Your pix were also fab! Thanks for sharing. It has changed a bit since i was there last....as there were no vendors and therefore no cost to hang out. The different types of fish you show us is amazing and beautiful. I cannot wait to return this weekend!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss913 View Post
    Thank you for an excellent, informative review of Baby Beach. Your pix were also fab! Thanks for sharing. It has changed a bit since i was there last....as there were no vendors and therefore no cost to hang out. The different types of fish you show us is amazing and beautiful. I cannot wait to return this weekend!!!
    You are welcome. It's always interesting to see how things change over the years from very primitive to a booming place to hang out at. Sometimes good, sometimes sad. It's still a very beautiful place though. The fish are amazing there.

    Have an amazing time there this weekend.

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