ABC Jeep Tour - Half Day Aruba Safari
October 25, 2010

Sun: Radisson Aruba Resort, Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant
Mon: Alto Vista Chapel, Natural Bridges & Gold Mine, Ostrich Farm & Baby Beach, sunset cruise & Smokey Joes
Tue: Ayo Rock Formation & Donkey Sanctuary, Boca Prins & Fontein Cave, Guadirikiri Cave, Café Rembrandt, Bon Bini Festival & El Gaucho
Wed: SNUBA on the Antilla shipwreck, Pelican's Nest & Aqua Grill
Thur: Fort Zoutman Museum, Submarine Atlantis, Amazonia Brazilian Steakhouse
Fri: Aruba Aloe Factory,  Palmera Rum & Zeerover Bar, cemeteries, churches & Casabari Rock, Screaming Eagle
Sat: Old Dutch Mill & Bubali Bird Sanctuary
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California Lighthouse during ABC Jeep Tour
California Lighthouse - Aruba
California Lighthouse

Monday - day 3

ABC Jeep Tours picked up Linda and I at our hotel about 9:30 AM. The driver picked up two more couples at other hotels and drove us to their office where we signed waivers and were assigned to one of the two Land Rovers being used for our group. The driver served as guide and drove the other Land Rover, while a couple from New Jersey drove and sat in the front of our vehicle. A couple from New Hampshire, who were also on their honeymoon, sat with us in the back.

The tour began with a drive to Aruba's California Lighthouse on the north end of the island. The lighthouse and surounding point are named for the steamship California which sank nearby in 1891. Many sources make errors about this. Some place the date of the wreck in the early 1900s and say the California was the ship which is famous for failing to aid the Titanic when it sank in 1912, but that was the Californian.

Aruba Whiptail Lizard
Whiptail Lizard or Kododo (Cnemidophorus arubensis)

Leaving the California Lighthouse behind, the tour heads north to the point, then turns south along the east (wild) side of Aruba

Waves breaking on the rocky eastern shore of Aruba

Aruba lucky stone piles
Our guide said that some tourists piled up stones a few years ago - others started copying them and we saw thousands of
piles of rocks like this along the northeast shore of Aruba

Paso Fino horse - Aruba
Many of the horses available to ride on Aruba are the rather small but smooth gaited Paso Fino, which orignally
came from Spain

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