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prizm
01-27-2009, 11:30 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm coming down next week to visit a friend who is teaching on the island. And since he has a small place I figured I'd venture out and camp a couple of days to give him his space.

The question is.... can this be done? There seems to be zero information on pitching a tent anywhere on the island. I understand there is a special week where locals camp on the beach, but outside of that no info is available. Can anyone provide any insight into camping on the beach or in close proximity on some remote part of the island?

Very much appreciated.:)

DushiHeidi
01-28-2009, 10:56 AM
I think you can camp at some of the ranches. You'd have to inquire with them....

prizm
02-02-2009, 03:00 PM
Hmm.. only on private property... ranches?

I guess the parks that are there don't provide tent areas? Seems like a lost opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the island.

~Amy~®
02-02-2009, 08:21 PM
I've never heard of anyone camping on the island. The locals are allowed to camp on the beaches during Easter week but that's the only time they allow it on the beaches.

No tent areas in Arikok Park that I know of - it's pretty deserted out there and don't know if you could even get a stake in the ground since it's hard as a rock.

Andrea J.
02-02-2009, 08:52 PM
i have never heard of any camping on aruba except for those that camp during HOLY WEEK


andrea

Arubalisa
02-02-2009, 09:16 PM
No tent areas in Arikok Park that I know of - it's pretty deserted out there and don't know if you could even get a stake in the ground since it's hard as a rock.
A stake in the ground? :confused: What about the RATTLE SNAKES on the ground? :D :eek: ;)

Seriously, there are no "facilities" either. The camping which is done by the locals during Easter week, if I am not mistaken, is done by permit. http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/easter.html (http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/easter.html)

prizm
02-02-2009, 10:26 PM
ha... thanks for the reply's. Yes, camping isn't for everyone, but I do enjoy the beauty of sleeping under the stars. Something magical about it.

And yes, the critters outside your tent make it all the more memorable. Having dealt with bears, elk, coyotes, raccoons and skunks outside the thin walls of a tent has made for a few memorable nights of sleep. Or lack there of.

Andrea J.
02-03-2009, 10:06 AM
see if you can contact eddy croes
he is the resident "outdoorsman"
here is a link to arikok
no mention of camping there though

and while exploring the island a few weeks ago we saw a dead (run over) rattlesnake in the road near the little bridge near spanish lagoon.

we stopped, looked and were amazed. the only rs i had ever seen was in an enclosure at the trailside museum in canton, ma.

check out the link
http://www.aruba.com/whattodo/arikokpark.php

and in no way did i try to minimize camping
it was insulting to you and i was trying to be "cute"
i apologize
(hubby and son are eagle scouts and are camping pros....i on the other hand do not appreciate the great outdoors, stars, fresh air and all of the good stuff that i should be appreciative of)

andrea j


ha... thanks for the reply's. Yes, camping isn't for everyone, but I do enjoy the beauty of sleeping under the stars. Something magical about it.

And yes, the critters outside your tent make it all the more memorable. Having dealt with bears, elk, coyotes, raccoons and skunks outside the thin walls of a tent has made for a few memorable nights of sleep. Or lack there of.

prizm
02-03-2009, 11:35 AM
Thanks for the info Andrea. I leave tomorrow so packing extra gear might be out of the question if I can't nail down a good location to pitch a tent....

Thanks so much for everyone's help!

kthy66
02-03-2009, 12:09 PM
I would be more concerned about the giant centipedes... ewwwwww! those things give me the willies!

cindyo
02-03-2009, 02:42 PM
LOL...the last thing that would interest me is camping in aruba...I can just picture one of those giant iguanas visiting me in my tent....YIKES

Blakjak66
02-04-2009, 12:27 AM
Maybe you can pack a Hammock. Spending the night under the stars with a nice warm breeze sounds great.

Blakjak66
02-04-2009, 12:28 AM
Does anyone know if they ever finished that waterpark they were building last year?

cindyo
02-04-2009, 08:41 AM
yes, its done. Morgans water park, read previous posts on it.

jscarpetta
12-22-2010, 06:09 PM
Loesje said it best I think "WHY SETTLE FOR A FIVE-STAR HOTEL - WHEN YOU CAN SLEEP UNDER A THOUSAND STAR SKY" did anyone figure out if there was a way to camp under the stars in Aruba?

jerseygirl
12-22-2010, 11:15 PM
Forget the rattlers....there are huge boas out there as well. No camping for me...EVER!

Andrea J.
12-23-2010, 09:27 AM
my idea of camping is the CHEAP room at the __________________
fill in the blank

typically i would say Holiday Inn but the holiday inn here is pretty good!

so let's say the cheap room and "no tell motel" ;-)

jeffnev
12-23-2010, 10:50 AM
My idea of roughing it is a hotel room without cable tv :).

Andrea J.
02-07-2011, 11:31 PM
BUMP
one of our members "ariel" is planning on doing a 23 day backpack adventure to aruba.
maybe there is something in this thread that will catch her eye.

Ariel
02-08-2011, 02:16 PM
I agree with "WHY SETTLE FOR A FIVE-STAR HOTEL - WHEN YOU CAN SLEEP UNDER A THOUSAND STAR SKY". :)

arubaro
02-09-2011, 01:56 PM
We love camping and used to go quite often. But when we're in Aruba, all I want is an umbrella-like cocktail, and the pool or beach. We still sightsee there every year, and even though we've been everywhere on the island many times, it's always a new experience. We haven't been camping recently, but intend to get back to it. We love being under the stars and sitting by a campfire. Now we just have to find the time again.