A January 2005 trip
to Oranjestad by figgy0223
Quote: Since Aruba is such a small island, it's easy to visit its highlights in 1 or 2 days. We did half of Aruba in 1 day on a scooter. What an adventure...
If you want to visit Natural Bridge comfortably and safely, take a tour bus, jeep, or ATV because the road is difficult to maneuver.
Once you enter the park, the road forks. To the west are ancient ruins and rock piles that are a must-see. For almost as far as you can see, there are piles of five rocks, some barely balancing on each other. This is an ancient belief that your wishes come true if you pile five rocks on each other. It looks like you are on the surface of the moon.
From the fork in the road, if you head east, you are on your way to Natural Bridge. There is a beautiful scenic stop on the way, complete with palm umbrellas and rocks to climb on. Just the sound of the rough waves hitting the rocks and splashing high into the air is a sight to see. TIP: don't wear flip-flops; I did and it was very difficult to climb on the sharp rocks, as they are more like coral.
As you continue down the road for about 1 mile, you will come upon Natural Bridge. There is a small deli and gift shop. It is 0$.25 cents to use the bathroom, and don't waste your time in the gift shop, as it has nothing to do with Natural Bridge.
There are a few great places to view the bridge. First, there is a spot behind the gift shop, where you can watch the waves come upon the bridge and crash on the rocks before it. Secondly, you can stand on the bridge, and thirdly, you can climb down the stairs to stand on the shore while the waves come under the bridge and wash over your feet. Make sure to view it from all angles.
The picture opportunities are amazing when the sun hits the bridge just right, highlighting its orange color.
If you continue down the road, you will eventually reach Natural Pool, which I hear is great for swimming. We did not have the energy to try and maneuver the roads with our scooter.
There are no admission fees for any parts of the park.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2005
Attraction | "California Sand Dunes and Lighthouse"
Before you reach the lighthouse, you will pass the California Sand Dunes on your left. Pull over and take a walk through the dunes; the sand is soft and cool and you can find some interesting rock formations.
As you head up to the California Lighthouse, look out to sea, because you can see just how small the island really is. From the base of the lighthouse, you can see down the south coast and the north coast of the island.
Stop at the restaurant located at the lighthouse; it is an open-air restaurant and is absolutely beautiful. We sat at the bar overlooking the Tierra Del Sol golf course and had a mango daiquiri (I recommend this drink). You can also see the capital city of Oranjestad from this point.
We did not go into the lighthouse because it seemed as though it was off limits to visitors, but it does provide a great picture opportunity.
There is no admission to the dunes or lighthouse area.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2005
Near Arashi Beach
Oranjestad, Northwest Aruba