Getting to the Natural Pool?

My husband and I (early 30’s) are heading to Aruba this month for a week and will be staying at the Marriott Surf Club. I read mixed reviews about getting to the Natural Pool: hike vs ATV vs horseback riding vs jeep (on your own vs tour).

Can anyone provide us with any insights about these options? This is the first time for the both of us.

Any other attractions you think would be worth visiting?

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3 Responses to Getting to the Natural Pool?

  1. jellybeancounter August 8, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    I didn’t go to the Natural Pool but from what I’ve heard it’s a bit rough getting up there. If you’re comfortable taking a jeep, do that. Personally, I’d feel safer going on a tour since the tour guide has been there before. The rest of the island you can definitely explore on your own (I did a tour and my sister did a self-guided tour and we saw basically the same things).

    You can go to the lighthouse, the gold mine ruins, the (now collapsed) natural bridge, you can climb Mt Hooiberg (it’s a giant hill that looks like a haystack – on a clear day you can see Venezuela), there’s an old church that’s nice.

  2. britannica August 8, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    we will be there next week ourselves, go there often, rent a jeep, you would be better off and safer going to the north side (undeveloped) of the island with 4 wheel drive.. try baby beach on the east end for snorkeling, west end is the light house and there is an italian restaurant up there, get away from palm beach and head about 3 miles south to manchebo or eagle beach , better area, less crowded, nightly party bus for a drinking tour if you guys are into that, also a booze cruise for about 2 hours nightly, if you are on the north side then also go see where the natural bridge stood

  3. Travelmaker August 8, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    Two things you might enjoy.
    Aruba safari jeep tour.It is a full or half day. You’ll drive a Land Rover and visit the most intersting sites in Aruba. Lunch,bevs. and snorkeling on a private coral reef are included. The other is the Palm Pleasure Sunset Sail. 2 hours aboard a catamaran along the scenic coastline,open bar and snacks are included. You will be able to see Aruba’s breathtaking sunset.Very romantic!