Aruba offered endless possibilities for sightseeing, especially on the northeast side of the island, like indulgent pleasures and thrilling adventures in a Jeep. It is a small island, but it has natural beauty with well-worn footprints of international explorers and many honeymooners.
We hit the back roads on a guided tour in our private rented Jeep and definitely tasted the sand and dust in our mouths. We had no A/C or a working radio, but the sights were worth the ride. We toured the natural bridges and were amazed at the natural formations. They are truly breathtaking. Beginning about 1 million years ago, limestone formations developed cracks through which fresh water passed and dissolved the rocks, ultimately creating the natural bridges. We splashed down around by the biggest natural bridge and felt the crashing waves wash up against us.
Next we visited the oldest and most sacred Catholic chapel, Alto Vista Chapel, on the island, still used today for special ceremonies. It lies on top of a hill overlooking the island and miles abroad. The Stations of the Cross lead the way up, while the "Our Father" lead you down.
Overlooking Aruba stands the California Lighthouse, made completely from natural stones found on the island. We drove along the beautiful seaside cliffs that are occasionally visited by fishermen. We climbed through the Gold Mine Ruins and felt the history beneath our feet. We built our own wishing cairn among the millions of others with hopes that our dreams would come true. Next, we headed into the caves to hear the fruit bats surround us, but also to see the ancient cave drawings along the ceiling.
Last, our journey ended at Baby Beach, the most beautiful beach we have ever experienced. You can literally walk out over 1 mile and still only be up to your knees in the ocean. It is like floating in a large bathtub. It is clear azure water. The pristine ivory beach and cooling trade winds left us with wonderful memories of that journey.