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Restaurants On The Beach

Flying Fishbone
Picture shows setting at Flying Fishbone

On Aruba there are many restaurants with a beach setting. This means when the tables are on the beach and your bare feet are resting in the white sand.

One of the best restaurants that offer this setting is Flying Fishbone. This restaurant is located at Savaneta. The name of this beach is Savaneta Beach. It is a very quiet beach, with a very calm and relaxing sound of water. This restaurant is located on the south side of the island and is approximately 30 to 45 minutes away from the major resorts.

A closer alternative to the resorts is Simply Fish, located at the Marriott Resort. Nice setting as well.

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beaches miscellaneous

Blue/Green Aruba Beaches

Blue/Green Eagle Beach

Aruba is an island of white sands, blue/green water and frothy waves that offer to visitors a landscape picture-perfect serenity.

Normally the water of sea is uncolored but the color blue that our eyes see is because it reflects the blue sky. From a scientist point of view, this color is produced by a phenomenon called Dispersion which means that the sun light is separated into colors by refraction or diffraction with formation of a spectrum. However, some seas look like green because of wide variety of algae that it posses or gray if there is a cloudy day.

If you visit Aruba, you will never see a gray sea, in contrary, you sure see the most tropical blue/green beaches in the Caribbean.

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Turtles On Eagle Beach Aruba

Eagle Beach Turtles
Picture shows an empty Eagle Beach, around sunset time. Typical setting for turtles to come on land.

These days Eagle Beach is filled with barricades to protect nesting of turtles eggs. These animals are very vulnerable and rare. Together with the association of turtles on Aruba, officials sealed off areas where turtles come to shore to nest.

Even with this kind of protection it is still difficult for these animals to reproduce.

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De Palm Island

Flamingo at De Palm Island
Above picture features a flamingo taking it easy on a beach on De Palm Island.

The biggest tour operator on Aruba is without a doubt De Palm Tours. This company is active in many sectors in Aruba tourism. Bus transfers, off road safaris, bus tours, all terrain vehicle tours, catamaran sail and many more.

De Palm Tours also owns an island. Actually it’s a reef. They bought this deserted reef years ago and build amenities on it. Those amenities include a restaurant, snuba (scuba and snorkeling), a swimming pool with water sliding.

They offer packages to De Palm Island for half day, full day or added to an activity like an ATV tour or an off road safari tour.

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BBQ-rules On Aruba Beaches

Famous tree at Eagle Beach

Organizing a BBQ at the beach is a very popular activity among locals. Very few tourist actually do this.

What are the rules, if any, regarding BBQ on the beach on Aruba?
This is strictly prohibited.

The reason this is prohibited is because it has happen that when some people are done with the BBQ, they make a hole on the beach and dump the remainder charcoal ashes in the white sand and cover it. This obviously is a big no no.

Officials are very strict with the enforcement of the BBQ-rule. So do not BBQ on the beach. If you want to BBQ at the beach, you need to be off the sand and dispose of ashes in the trash.

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idle Weather

Hurricane Season Aruba

Hurricane season started officially this month. This is a time for many islands in the Caribbean, like areas in the US, especially Florida, to start preparing for the worst. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami the 2007 hurricane season will be above normal. NHC: “For the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA scientists predict 13 to 17 named storms, 7 to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher”.

Hurricane activity is not usual in this region of the Caribbean. Very rarely Aruba receives any kind of hurricane related incidents. Chances of cancellation because of weather issues are very rare. Nonetheless the islands’ calamity department has taken the necessary steps to be prepared as much as needed.

Storm in 2000
View of Palm Beach, with Divi Phoenix Resort and an unusual storm dated year 2000

Back in 2005 Aruba experienced the last true hurricane related weather activity with hurricane Ivan passing tens of miles north of Aruba. It did not hit the island, but it brought lots of rain for a period of 24 hours and waves were huge for many days. No casualties or any personal damage were reported. However, low laying areas were inundated and Valero Refinery shut down for 24 hours as a precautionary measure.

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No Swimming At Natural Pool

In a previous post I’ve laid out a very extensive report about Natural Pool and the size of it and why it might happen that people won’t be able to get into the pool.

These last two days Natural Pool has been not “swimable”. The last few days the winds have been stronger than normal, consequently the currents are stronger too. This automatically leads to a Natural Pool that’s being hit, very forcefully, by good sized waves.

Unfortunately people are not able to swim inside the Natural Pool. On the other side, this creates an awesome sight, with a spectacular wave-show and an exclusive photo-op.

Can you know beforehand if the Natural Pool is going to be calm enough to swim in?
Simple answer: no.

You don’t know until you get there. It has happen that in the morning the waves are huge, meanwhile in the afternoon it calms down and vice versa. My personal experience is that of the 10 times I visit Natural Pool, 9 times it is calm enough to swim in.

Mother nature is unpredictable so always watch or “study” the Natural Pool calmly before you go in and look for those big waves coming in and see if you could handle that one big wave coming in. Ask a tour guide you see sitting there and try to follow his recommendation. It’s your own risk though. If you see me there, ask me.

Good alternatives for the Natural Pool, specially for snorkeling, are in my opinion Baby Beach and Malmok Beach.