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AudiaS4
06-22-2018, 06:53 PM
Last year we spent 10 glorious days there and experienced A LOT. We were on the go daily, trying to fit everything we possibly could into our vacation.

I'm sure we will repeat a lot of our favorites from last year, but looking for other suggestions.

Here's where we have already been:
DePalm Island**Definitely want to return
Lighthouse
Alto Visto Chapel
Philips Animal Farm*Might return
St Nicholas for the art work on the buildings**Definitely want to return if there's new paintings from last Art Fair?
Ayo Rock Formations
Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins
National Bridge
Butterfly Farm
Ostrich Farm

Beaches:
Arashi
Boca Catalina***Love the snorkeling here too
Dunes Beach
Eagles Beach
Kite Surfing beach Fishermans Huts
Malmok
Baby Beach***Definitely going here again for the day.
Rogers Beach
Mangel Halto-I believe this is the place that I found next to no snorkeling and then found that it's outside the little shallow bay area. I think I will contact Aruba Bob for a tour this time around (???? I think that's who it was???)
Moomba Beach



So what is left that's a must see?

We didn't make it to the Donkey Sanctuary last time. We couldn't find it. So that's on our list. Anyone have an easy to understand way to get there?

Should we take a tour to get to the other side and see the Natural Pool area?

We also never made it to the Birrd Sanctuary. I couldn't figure out how to get in this place? Can someone explain it to me?

I would like to try booking the parasailing again (they were booked up last time)

Is Manchebo Beach worth visiting? What about Divi Beach? Surfside Beach-Splash Park??

Casibari Rock Formations...is this the same as Ayo? Or a different place?


Anything else that you can suggest would be awesome. :o

Andrea J.
06-22-2018, 07:58 PM
Make certain that you book Aruba Bob as far out as possible to avoid disappointment. It books solid usually months out.
Yes bring a camera, but make certain that you have a way to secure it as both of your hands will be occupied holding the motorized thing that propels thru the water.


Donkey sanctuary RTE 1 to left onto RTE 4 and then a right turn. There is a sign on the right before you take that turn. My advice google map it!!!

An UTV or ATV tour is a great way to go for visiting the natural pool. Check out DePalm, ABC and Arias Sunshine Tours.

Bubal Bird Sanctuary ……..pull off the road beside the sanctuary in the area across from the DIvi Phoenix and follow one of the paths in about 150 yds or less. I have never been to the tower.

Splash Park at Surfside……….check with forum moderator Jacki. She and her older kids went . I feel it is for older kids….teens. But she may suggest otherwise.

Manchebo Beach and Divi Beach ……….Divi Beach is Druif Beach and it kind of blends into the Manchebo/Bucuti/ABC/CDM area…. I have always considered this area “almost Eagle Beach” ;) These area Divi Beach and Manchebo are kind of quiet areas, with no motorized watersports and to the best of my knowledge no chair/lounge rentals. (but i may be incorrect on the lounge rentals) Maybe CP or Peg will elaborate on MANCHEBO as they stay there.

Costa Linda area which I always considered as the southern most part of Eagle Beach.

Pegmeister
06-22-2018, 09:36 PM
At Manchebo if you are going to the Spa for a massage or other treatment you can ask for towel cards and get a palapa. It may be dependent on how busy the resort is.

AudiaS4
06-22-2018, 10:20 PM
Make certain that you book Aruba Bob as far out as possible to avoid disappointment. It books solid usually months out.
Yes bring a camera, but make certain that you have a way to secure it as both of your hands will be occupied holding the motorized thing that propels thru the water.


Donkey sanctuary RTE 1 to left onto RTE 4 and then a right turn. There is a sign on the right before you take that turn. My advice google map it!!!

An UTV or ATV tour is a great way to go for visiting the natural pool. Check out DePalm, ABC and Arias Sunshine Tours.

Bubal Bird Sanctuary ……..pull off the road beside the sanctuary in the area across from the DIvi Phoenix and follow one of the paths in about 150 yds or less. I have never been to the tower.

Splash Park at Surfside……….check with forum moderator Jacki. She and her older kids went . I feel it is for older kids….teens. But she may suggest otherwise.

Manchebo Beach and Divi Beach ……….Divi Beach is Druif Beach and it kind of blends into the Manchebo/Bucuti/ABC/CDM area…. I have always considered this area “almost Eagle Beach” ;) These area Divi Beach and Manchebo are kind of quiet areas, with no motorized watersports and to the best of my knowledge no chair/lounge rentals. (but i may be incorrect on the lounge rentals) Maybe CP or Peg will elaborate on MANCHEBO as they stay there.

Costa Linda area which I always considered as the southern most part of Eagle Beach.

I emailed Aruba Bob. The website doesn't show available dates and must email the dates you are in Aruba. (Fingers crossed).

I studied google earth and mapped out the Donkey Sanctuary last time and it did no good. I have found that Aruba just doesn't mark roads well and you can pretty much throw out any maps you have because of no signage. LOL Most things we found...we just happened to drive by it and found it. Other places we drove in a complete circle (after about an hour) and discovered we were back where we started at. LOL Thank goodness it's somewhat of a small island. I just thought maybe someone had an easier way to find it by landmarks or something.

Thanks for the list of places to check out to get to the Natural Pool. It's definitely on my "list". The Arias Sunshine Tours...is this affiliated with the place you told me about for a hotel toward Baby Beach?

Bird Sanctuary-when you say pull off the road across from Divi, is there a parking lot? When you say follow one of the paths...is that by foot or vehicle?

Hopefully Jacki will chime in on the Splash Park. I don't think I even realized they had this (last time we came). I'll also see if I can find something online.

So do you feel like Manchebo and Divi is worth a visit?

Thanks so much for your help Andrea. You are always full of so much knowledge and information!

AudiaS4
06-22-2018, 10:21 PM
At Manchebo if you are going to the Spa for a massage or other treatment you can ask for towel cards and get a palapa. It may be dependent on how busy the resort is.

Is going there for a massage the only way to get to the beach? We are not massage type of people and would never do a massage. Is Manchebo a resort on the beach and that's the only way to get there?

Andrea J.
06-22-2018, 10:57 PM
you are welcome
thank you audia we all like to receive an occassional please and thanks

my replies in RED

I studied google earth and mapped out the Donkey Sanctuary last time and it did no good. I have found that Aruba just doesn't mark roads well and you can pretty much throw out any maps you have because of no signage. LOL Most things we found...we just happened to drive by it and found it. Other places we drove in a complete circle (after about an hour) and discovered we were back where we started at. LOL Thank goodness it's somewhat of a small island. I just thought maybe someone had an easier way to find it by landmarks or something. try again google Maps and i think we used the app maps.me on our iPhone

Thanks for the list of places to check out to get to the Natural Pool. It's definitely on my "list". The Arias Sunshine Tours...is this affiliated with the place you told me about for a hotel toward Baby Beach? Yes

Bird Sanctuary-when you say pull off the road across from Divi, is there a parking lot? When you say follow one of the paths...is that by foot or vehicl By foot. Just park alongside the road (Juraqusin Blvd) it is either parallel parking or diagonal parking. It is nothing fancy and it is maybe not even marked.

Hopefully Jacki will chime in on the Splash Park. I don't think I even realized they had this (last time we came). I'll also see if I can find something online.The splash park has been in place now for about 18 mos.

So do you feel like Manchebo and Divi is worth a visit? If I were staying at Divi or Manchebo/ABC/CDM or Bucuti I would be on the beach there. If not, I would not. There are 0 amenities on the beach there for folks that are not staying at any of those resorts. As I said before, I do not think at that area they even rent lounges. At the ABC and CDM section it is quit narrow and rocky. Maybe Pegmeister or CP will give you a different opinion as they stay there often. OR if you did hang out on the beach in that area, it would give you great opportunity to check out the 3 timeshare resorts there that you may like to stay at during another trip. The Costa Linda is my favorite timeshare on the island.


I emailed Aruba Bob. The website doesn't show available dates and must email the dates you are in Aruba. (Fingers crossed).

I studied google earth and mapped out the Donkey Sanctuary last time and it did no good. I have found that Aruba just doesn't mark roads well and you can pretty much throw out any maps you have because of no signage. LOL Most things we found...we just happened to drive by it and found it. Other places we drove in a complete circle (after about an hour) and discovered we were back where we started at. LOL Thank goodness it's somewhat of a small island. I just thought maybe someone had an easier way to find it by landmarks or something.

Thanks for the list of places to check out to get to the Natural Pool. It's definitely on my "list". The Arias Sunshine Tours...is this affiliated with the place you told me about for a hotel toward Baby Beach?

Bird Sanctuary-when you say pull off the road across from Divi, is there a parking lot? When you say follow one of the paths...is that by foot or vehicle?

Hopefully Jacki will chime in on the Splash Park. I don't think I even realized they had this (last time we came). I'll also see if I can find something online.

So do you feel like Manchebo and Divi is worth a visit?

Thanks so much for your help Andrea. You are always full of so much knowledge and information!

CK1
06-23-2018, 01:40 PM
Casibari Rock Formations...is this the same as Ayo? Or a different place?


Those are two different places/rock formations. They are only a short car drive apart.

Casibari is the more famous one as you can climb on top of it and have a great view of the island.

Ayo is the one who has the Indian drawings on the wall.

I have been to both and enjoyed it a lot. Here are some links for additional info and photos/videos:

http://www.welcomearuba.com/casibari-rock-formations.html

https://wheninaruba.com/blog/landscapes/

CK1
06-23-2018, 01:53 PM
Audia, you and your family will enjoy the Donkey Sanctuary a lot! It's a bit difficult to find. But they provide great directions on their official website, there is a map as well:

Directions Take Route 4a from the hotels and follow this road for 14 km, pass all the circles/roundabouts until you see a sign for the French Men’s Pass. Make a left turn onto the French Men’s Pass, then 1st left, 2nd right. On that dirt road you will find the Donkey Sanctuary after about 200 meters.
If you have a GPS device, navigate to these coordinates: N 12°48.974’ W 069°96.642’ This will bring you to the entrance of the Donkey Sanctuary.
Opening hours:

Every day open 9 am - 4 pm.
Closed only on Januari 1st.


http://main.arubandonkey.org/portal/

And here is their Facebook site. Lots of smiling faces! :D

https://www.facebook.com/donkey.sanctuary.aruba/

hatteras
06-23-2018, 03:23 PM
Hi Kim. Glad to see you are headed back to Aruba. If you haven't checked out Trikes, take a look. It's a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon. It doesn't go to all of the places you want to go, but it goes to Alto Vista chapel, the lighthouse, Casibarri rock formations, stops briefly at Surfside Beach, and drives through Eagle Beach, Malmok, and some of Palm Beach. They are three seaters, so there's room for you and Sakari to ride in the back. They have automatic and a few stick shifts.

Splash Park Aruba is just some inflatables at Surfside Beach. It's similar to the ones that your family were jumping on in one of your cruise reviews.

CK1
06-23-2018, 07:20 PM
Bird Sanctuary-when you say pull off the road across from Divi, is there a parking lot? When you say follow one of the paths...is that by foot or vehicle?


The "Bubali Bird Sanctuary" has a website as well with a detailed description how to get there as well as photos:

Bubali Bird Sanctuary

One of our favorite birding areas, and one of the easiest to find.

Description: A very large wetland originally supplied with treated water from the island's sewage treatment facility. A canal now connects the area to the sea.
How to Get There: To reach Bubali from Orenjestad, follow L.G. Smith Boulevard west, then curving north for 2.3 miles until you reach an intersection. Turn left (west) towards the beach and follow this unnamed road for 0.3 mile where you will see the entrance to a dirt road on your right about 20 yards from the intersection with J. E. Irausquin Boulevard. This will take you into the thorn-scrub habitat bordering on the mangroves along the west side of Bubali. You can park here to explore the area on foot.

To reach the tower on the north side of Bubali, take J. E. Irausquin Boulevard heading north and travel 1 mile to the rather busy intersection near the Wyndham Beach Resort. Turn right (east) heading towards the big, red windmill and watch for the entrance to a small dirt road on your right within 200 yards. This is the road to the observation tower, which itself should be visible a few hundred yards farther along.

Birding Bubali: On the north side of the site, across from the big, red Dutch Windmill (a local landmark) is an observation tower that affords excellent views of this expansive wetland. From there you can see Pied-billed Grebe, Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant (http://www.arubabirds.com/aboutBirds/NeotropicCormorant.htm), Caribbean Coot, Common Moorhen, Purple Gallinule, White-cheeked Pintail (http://www.arubabirds.com/aboutBirds/White-cheekedPintail.htm), Blue-winged Teal, Groove-billed Ani, various herons and egrets.

More info at link:
http://www.arubabirds.com/aboutBirds/BubaliBirdSanctuary.htm

And their FB site with lovely photos and videos:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubali-Bird-Sanctuary/694064590630741

CK1
06-23-2018, 07:46 PM
Audia, as you go to several beaches, you and your family might get lucky to see some sea turtles hatching.

Turtuga Aruba Foundation has a very informative Facebook site:

https://www.facebook.com/Turtugaruba/

And here is their official website:

Four species of sea turtles are found nesting on Aruba:

The Leatherback (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherback_turtle), the Loggerhead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loggerhead_Sea_Turtle), the Green (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_sea_turtle) and the Hawksbill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawksbill).

http://turtugaruba.org/

CK1
06-24-2018, 12:39 AM
I just came across this fantastic photo gallery of the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. There are some areal photos, showing the tower and the little road leading to the tower (photo #2):

Bubali Bird Sanctuaryhttps://www.aruba.com/us/explore/bubali-bird-sanctuary

Excerpt from my post #10:

To reach the tower on the north side of Bubali, take J. E. Irausquin Boulevard heading north and travel 1 mile to the rather busy intersection near the Wyndham Beach Resort. Turn right (east) heading towards the big, red windmill and watch for the entrance to a small dirt road on your right within 200 yards. This is the road to the observation tower, which itself should be visible a few hundred yards farther along.

AudiaS4
06-24-2018, 12:50 AM
try again google maps and i think we used the app maps.me on our iphone

yes

by foot. Just park alongside the road (juraqusin blvd) it is either parallel parking or diagonal parking. It is nothing fancy and it is maybe not even marked.
the splash park has been in place now for about 18 mos.

if i were staying at divi or manchebo/abc/cdm or bucuti i would be on the beach there. If not, i would not. There are 0 amenities on the beach there for folks that are not staying at any of those resorts. As i said before, i do not think at that area they even rent lounges. At the abc and cdm section it is quit narrow and rocky. Maybe pegmeister or cp will give you a different opinion as they stay there often. Or if you did hang out on the beach in that area, it would give you great opportunity to check out the 3 timeshare resorts there that you may like to stay at during another trip. The costa linda is my favorite timeshare on the island.

thank you so so much! :d

AudiaS4
06-24-2018, 12:57 AM
Those are two different places/rock formations. They are only a short car drive apart.

Casibari is the more famous one as you can climb on top of it and have a great view of the island.

Ayo is the one who has the Indian drawings on the wall.

I have been to both and enjoyed it a lot. Here are some links for additional info and photos/videos:

http://www.welcomearuba.com/casibari-rock-formations.html

https://wheninaruba.com/blog/landscapes/

Ayo is the one we went to last time (and just got lucky finding it while out driving). Casibari is the one we still need to see. I'm going to attempt that one this time around.

Audia, you and your family will enjoy the Donkey Sanctuary a lot! It's a bit difficult to find. But they provide great directions on their official website, there is a map as well:

Directions

Take Route 4a from the hotels and follow this road for 14 km, pass all the circles/roundabouts until you see a sign for the French Men’s Pass. Make a left turn onto the French Men’s Pass, then 1st left, 2nd right. On that dirt road you will find the Donkey Sanctuary after about 200 meters.
If you have a GPS device, navigate to these coordinates: N 12°48.974’ W 069°96.642’ This will bring you to the entrance of the Donkey Sanctuary.
Opening hours:

Every day open 9 am - 4 pm.
Closed only on Januari 1st.


http://main.arubandonkey.org/portal/

And here is their Facebook site. Lots of smiling faces! :D

https://www.facebook.com/donkey.sanctuary.aruba/

We REALLY wanted to go to that and my daughter constantly talked about it. We just could never find it. Hopefully this time around!


The "Bubali Bird Sanctuary" has a website as well with a detailed description how to get there as well as photos:

Bubali Bird Sanctuary

One of our favorite birding areas, and one of the easiest to find.

Description: A very large wetland originally supplied with treated water from the island's sewage treatment facility. A canal now connects the area to the sea.
How to Get There: To reach Bubali from Orenjestad, follow L.G. Smith Boulevard west, then curving north for 2.3 miles until you reach an intersection. Turn left (west) towards the beach and follow this unnamed road for 0.3 mile where you will see the entrance to a dirt road on your right about 20 yards from the intersection with J. E. Irausquin Boulevard. This will take you into the thorn-scrub habitat bordering on the mangroves along the west side of Bubali. You can park here to explore the area on foot.

To reach the tower on the north side of Bubali, take J. E. Irausquin Boulevard heading north and travel 1 mile to the rather busy intersection near the Wyndham Beach Resort. Turn right (east) heading towards the big, red windmill and watch for the entrance to a small dirt road on your right within 200 yards. This is the road to the observation tower, which itself should be visible a few hundred yards farther along.

Birding Bubali: On the north side of the site, across from the big, red Dutch Windmill (a local landmark) is an observation tower that affords excellent views of this expansive wetland. From there you can see Pied-billed Grebe, Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant (http://www.arubabirds.com/aboutBirds/NeotropicCormorant.htm), Caribbean Coot, Common Moorhen, Purple Gallinule, White-cheeked Pintail (http://www.arubabirds.com/aboutBirds/White-cheekedPintail.htm), Blue-winged Teal, Groove-billed Ani, various herons and egrets.

More info at link:
http://www.arubabirds.com/aboutBirds/BubaliBirdSanctuary.htm

And their FB site with lovely photos and videos:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubali-Bird-Sanctuary/694064590630741

So...you park, walk to some of these places and then get back in the car and drive to another area and repeat?


Audia, as you go to several beaches, you and your family might get lucky to see some sea turtles hatching.

Turtuga Aruba Foundation has a very informative Facebook site:

https://www.facebook.com/Turtugaruba/

And here is their official website:

Four species of sea turtles are found nesting on Aruba:

The Leatherback (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherback_turtle), the Loggerhead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loggerhead_Sea_Turtle), the Green (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_sea_turtle) and the Hawksbill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawksbill).

http://turtugaruba.org/

That would be super cool to see. We have seen the nests on the beach and blocked off in places before...but never seen any hatching.


I just came across this fantastic photo gallery of the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. There are some areal photos, showing the tower and the little road leading to the tower (photo #2):

Bubali Bird Sanctuary

https://www.aruba.com/us/explore/bubali-bird-sanctuary

Excerpt from my post #10:

To reach the tower on the north side of Bubali, take J. E. Irausquin Boulevard heading north and travel 1 mile to the rather busy intersection near the Wyndham Beach Resort. Turn right (east) heading towards the big, red windmill and watch for the entrance to a small dirt road on your right within 200 yards. This is the road to the observation tower, which itself should be visible a few hundred yards farther along.

Thanks

AudiaS4
06-24-2018, 01:03 AM
Hi Kim. Glad to see you are headed back to Aruba. If you haven't checked out Trikes, take a look. It's a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon. It doesn't go to all of the places you want to go, but it goes to Alto Vista chapel, the lighthouse, Casibarri rock formations, stops briefly at Surfside Beach, and drives through Eagle Beach, Malmok, and some of Palm Beach. They are three seaters, so there's room for you and Sakari to ride in the back. They have automatic and a few stick shifts.

Splash Park Aruba is just some inflatables at Surfside Beach. It's similar to the ones that your family were jumping on in one of your cruise reviews.

Hello Dianne! I was going to email you and tell you we were heading back again and see if you had any suggestions. I didn't realize that they had 3 seaters. I will have to ask my hubby if he's interested. Thanks!

I just found info online about splash park. It seems like you have to buy 1/2 day tickets and it includes transportation. I wish it was just a beach you could just pay an admission and stay as long as you want.

CK1
06-24-2018, 01:34 AM
Audia, Casibari is the more famous rock formation where you can climb on the top and have a gorgeous view. Totally worth it going.

Hope, you find the Donkey Sanctuary this time. Actually, I'm certain, you will! :D Your daughter will have so much fun! The donkeys LOVE carrots.

Do you still have questions about the Bubali Bird Sanctuary?

Fingers and toes crossed that you will be able to witness the hatching of the turtles. :)

Andrea J.
06-24-2018, 09:31 AM
re: splash park

they do sell admission for 1 hr visits.
those visits do not include transportation to surfside beach or any other things...only admission for 1 hour into the splash park.


Hello Dianne! I was going to email you and tell you we were heading back again and see if you had any suggestions. I didn't realize that they had 3 seaters. I will have to ask my hubby if he's interested. Thanks!

I just found info online about splash park. It seems like you have to buy 1/2 day tickets and it includes transportation. I wish it was just a beach you could just pay an admission and stay as long as you want.

AudiaS4
06-24-2018, 10:28 AM
Audia, Casibari is the more famous rock formation where you can climb on the top and have a gorgeous view. Totally worth it going.

Hope, you find the Donkey Sanctuary this time. Actually, I'm certain, you will! :D Your daughter will have so much fun! The donkeys LOVE carrots.

Do you still have questions about the Bubali Bird Sanctuary?

Fingers and toes crossed that you will be able to witness the hatching of the turtles. :)

Thanks so much for all the info.


re: splash park

they do sell admission for 1 hr visits.
those visits do not include transportation to surfside beach or any other things...only admission for 1 hour into the splash park.

Yea, I don't think that 1 hour would be enough time. I was hoping you could just buy a day pass and spend as much time as you wanted there (kinda like De Palm) from open to close.

hatteras
06-24-2018, 11:10 AM
Hello Dianne! I was going to email you and tell you we were heading back again and see if you had any suggestions. I didn't realize that they had 3 seaters. I will have to ask my hubby if he's interested. Thanks!

I just found info online about splash park. It seems like you have to buy 1/2 day tickets and it includes transportation. I wish it was just a beach you could just pay an admission and stay as long as you want.

Kim, There is a snack bar and restroom there. I'm not sure if they have any vendors with chairs and umbrellas. They should because this would be a perfect spot for day visitors and cruisers. I'm not back on the island until February, but maybe someone will chime in and give us an update. However, it is a short walk to Reflextions Beach Club. You could spend the rest of the day there.

Andrea J.
06-24-2018, 12:03 PM
yup they have chairs/umbrellas for rent

i think about $30+ for 2 lounges and 1 umbrella

i am unsure if there are any fixed palapaas on that section of surfside

reflexions is a great idea.
we spend lots of time there when we are on island.


Kim, There is a snack bar and restroom there. I'm not sure if they have any vendors with chairs and umbrellas. They should because this would be a perfect spot for day visitors and cruisers. I'm not back on the island until February, but maybe someone will chime in and give us an update. However, it is a short walk to Reflextions Beach Club. You could spend the rest of the day there.

AudiaS4
06-25-2018, 12:40 AM
Kim, There is a snack bar and restroom there. I'm not sure if they have any vendors with chairs and umbrellas. They should because this would be a perfect spot for day visitors and cruisers. I'm not back on the island until February, but maybe someone will chime in and give us an update. However, it is a short walk to Reflextions Beach Club. You could spend the rest of the day there.


yup they have chairs/umbrellas for rent

i think about $30+ for 2 lounges and 1 umbrella

i am unsure if there are any fixed palapaas on that section of surfside

reflexions is a great idea.
we spend lots of time there when we are on island.


Hmm, tell me more about this Reflextions Beach club. :o I have not heard about it. Dianne, does it sound like a good fit for my family since you know us so well and what we like.

Jacki
06-25-2018, 09:02 AM
www.splashparkaruba.com

They do offer a pick up service if needed. We drove there and purchased the one hour admission, but stayed for quite a while past that one hour. It was late August and they were not very busy.

Note: Prices increased in June 2018

My 13 year old had a heck of a time trying to get on the larger climbing inflatables. My 15 yr old had no issues getting on them.

hatteras
06-25-2018, 10:43 AM
I've never been to Reflextions. I've walked through it. It is right next door to my favorite restaurant, Barefoot. Lots of cruisers go there. It looks nice, is fairly small, has a small pool. I hear that the food is good. The water is very calm. I don't think there is any snorkeling there. It is just a nice place to relax and enjoy a beach day. If you decide to go to Splash Park, you could take a look at both and see which one you'd rather use. I know that snorkeling is important to you, and this area is probably not good for that.

AudiaS4
06-26-2018, 08:08 PM
www.splashparkaruba.com (http://www.splashparkaruba.com)

They do offer a pick up service if needed. We drove there and purchased the one hour admission, but stayed for quite a while past that one hour. It was late August and they were not very busy.

Note: Prices increased in June 2018

My 13 year old had a heck of a time trying to get on the larger climbing inflatables. My 15 yr old had no issues getting on them.

While my 10 year old had a blast on the inflatables in Cozumel and Barbados (and did pretty well at climbing them I thought), it sounds like this might be a bit of a challenge. I just don't like the 1 hour (or half day) limit they have.


I've never been to Reflextions. I've walked through it. It is right next door to my favorite restaurant, Barefoot. Lots of cruisers go there. It looks nice, is fairly small, has a small pool. I hear that the food is good. The water is very calm. I don't think there is any snorkeling there. It is just a nice place to relax and enjoy a beach day. If you decide to go to Splash Park, you could take a look at both and see which one you'd rather use. I know that snorkeling is important to you, and this area is probably not good for that.

I did look them up online and seen they had a pool too. I wonder how much they rent the beach chairs for. Their website just makes it sound like a place to eat and hang out. I'm not really sure we would be interested in eating what they have on the menu for lunch, since that's when we would be there. Hmmm

Andrea J.
06-26-2018, 09:20 PM
in a prior posting i mentioned about reflexions to you.
i had posted that the 2 lounges and umbrella came to about $20 or $22.
we were there a few times and each time we had lunch there, spent hours in the ocean, rinsed off using their outdoor shower, swam in their pool.

it is a very nice spot and a comfortable way to spend a day.

my favorite day there is Sunday, when many local residents are there too.

lunches for us have included burgers, wings, fries.
good food reasonable and very fair pricing.
While my 10 year old had a blast on the inflatables in Cozumel and Barbados (and did pretty well at climbing them I thought), it sounds like this might be a bit of a challenge. I just don't like the 1 hour (or half day) limit they have.



I did look them up online and seen they had a pool too. I wonder how much they rent the beach chairs for. Their website just makes it sound like a place to eat and hang out. I'm not really sure we would be interested in eating what they have on the menu for lunch, since that's when we would be there. Hmmm

AudiaS4
06-26-2018, 11:20 PM
in a prior posting i mentioned about reflexions to you.
i had posted that the 2 lounges and umbrella came to about $20 or $22.
we were there a few times and each time we had lunch there, spent hours in the ocean, rinsed off using their outdoor shower, swam in their pool.

it is a very nice spot and a comfortable way to spend a day.

my favorite day there is Sunday, when many local residents are there too.

lunches for us have included burgers, wings, fries.
good food reasonable and very fair pricing.

Thanks. Good to know that we can get burgers, wings and fries. I'm definitely going to go there one of the days we are in Aruba.

Andrea J.
06-27-2018, 12:09 AM
posting #122
on this thread = http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/andrea-paul-may-2018-a-69930/index13.html

the lounges and umbrella was $25


Thanks. Good to know that we can get burgers, wings and fries. I'm definitely going to go there one of the days we are in Aruba.