wander around the shopping areas calling "natalie" loudly...just to remind the locals of natalie holloway the american murder victim who never got justice there....if that gets old they have a casino within sight of the ship where you can get free drinks and play penny slots.
notice the cops on every corner between the ship and the casino they could save your life!!
as for things to do in aruba. I would do nothing in Aruba. I would not spend one dime there. They covered up the holloway case, covered for a young man. They would not get one dime of my tourist money. And the do depend on the tourist money. It could have been my child, or your child or you. Keep your dollars in your pocket and spend them somewhere where justice is served....
Her death is tragic and should not have happened. Just a thought, though: if I have a 17 or 18 year old daughter, or son, for that matter, no matter how responsible he or she is, I am not allowing my youngster to go to a raging party atmosphere, in another country, with minimal supervision....call me a tyrant or unreasonable, but that needs to wait until he/she arrives at their college of choice in the fall.
I have always had an appreciation for parents who stick to principal and don't cave under pressure from children or their peers.
I feel for her and especially for her family. We only know what the media tells us and I would be careful not to bring the ugly intolerant American face out in such a hurry. It is not the fault of an entire Island that an imature American teen pushed the envelope of available security in her group of so-called friends.
Who knows if she didn't walk into the ocean in a drunken state and get swept out?
Aruba presents no dangers that are not out there on every other island.
I hear Carlos & Charlie's is a great spot but I have not been there personally. Not much help, I know but I appreciate the fact that you are actually trying to get information and I hope someone steps up.
For Aruba, it depends on what frame of mind you are in. if you like to kick-it-up, there is a neat party bus (KuKuKanuku?) that takes you on a tour of the island, stopping in at bars and various places along the way to help you get trashed. Aruba is a neat place to rent a jeep or off-road ATV. Scooters are ok but you are supposed to keep them on the main roads. On the far side of the island is an atraction called "natural pool" that is simply gorgeous and great for swimming. There is a lighthouse on the cruise port side that has great scenery. Other than that, the commercial area is very similar to other ports with Carlos & Charlies, shopping, Harley Davidson shop, etc. with public beach nearby. If you get sick, go back to ship because their EMT's are useless. We saw a man have a heart-attack on the beach and this friend in our group kept him alive until the EMT's arrived. HE had to show the EMT's HOW to use the cardiac shock machine-thing. They stood around clueless.
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Take an Off-Road adventure. Find one that takes you to the Natural Pool. It is very hard (almost impossible) to find on your own. The pool is on the Eastern shore of the island and is a wonderful place to swim.
Such an adventure is good for the whole family.
If you want parasailing and other water goodies, take a cab up to the main hotel area, you will find everything under the sun and in the water up there.
We plan on renting a car and returning to Baby Beach. The view is somewhat marred by the de-salting plant, but the beach is formed by a little inlet and is shallow and fun. If memory serves, there is a small cantina there for drinks and snacks. I am searching high and low in my house for my Aruba map to remember how to get there!
Like an other place on earth, use your wisdom and common senst and you will have a great time.