Planning on going out to beach for around 5-6hrs. Is the Natural Bridge and Lighthouse worth taking a tour or taxi to see or do you think it will not be anything missed? Want to get the most out of Aruba. If we decide to just take a cab tour of the island for say 2 hrs. do you just go up to a cab driver and tell him you want to go on a tour how much would it be or should we just head out to the beach. Any suggestions helpful we have from 10-11pm. So we can get to the beach around 2 and even stay till 8 if we want to.
I'm originally from Aruba. I would not take the trip around, if I only had one day. I would go to one of two beaches for some of the time – if you want to go to the beach. 1. Baby Beach on the East side of the island. It is a little far from the port, maybe a 30-40 minute ride depending on traffic. The water is shallow (knee-high in most places). You can just sit in the water all day. Glorious. It is more like a lagoon. But it is great, because you can head outside the little reef and do some great snorkeling. Then there is Manchebo Beach at the Manchebo Beach Hotel. This hotel is one of the oldest on the island, but as a result they also grabbed the best beach on the island. It is really wide and beautiful. Definitely one of the best beaches on the island. If you still want to take a tour, I would put my bet on any tour that takes you to the Natural Pool. Some of the tours take you there with Jeeps, others on horseback. There is no road and its a rough ride. But the Natural Pool is worth it. It is a swimming hole on the north end of the island and you can snorkel there. The water is absolutely beautiful. If you are staying in the evening and want to dine out. The best place is El Gaucho, an Argentinian restaurant. The best dish is the 5-meat sampler. Absolutely a must try. You will never want to eat steak anywhere else again. Have fun in Aruba.