Oranjestad Travel Guide
Despite its peaceful
atmosphere Aruba is no slouch when it come to entertainment. Take your choice
from, treasure hunts, casinos, beachside barbecues, or fish fries with steel
bands, limbo and Carnival dancers.
Divers and snorkellers
literally warm to the clear waters whose visibility extends up to 100 ft. Although
tourism has resulted in the construction of many luxury resorts on the island,
there are still undeveloped areas on the northern coast, and much of the interior
is uninhabited except for a few herds of goats and donkeys.
With more than
a dozen resort hotels populating its once uninhabited beaches, Aruba is now
one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations. A recent moratorium on hotel
construction, however, has halted the building of newer resorts, so hopefully
for the time being Aruba will remain safe from the problems associated with
over development. Arikok National Park, covering about 20 percent of the island,
was first designated as being of significant national importance in the early
1980s. It is an area of unique scenic beauty, flora and fauna, geological formations
and cultural resources. The highest points in Aruba are located in the park
and include Arikok and Jamanota hilltops.
A visit to the
north shore will provide a glimpse of wildlife such as wild donkeys, rabbits,
goats, iguanas and lizards. You may also see pelicans and parrots of all colours.
Fishing is popular
along the shore in Savaneta or off the rocks at Malmok. Visitors enjoy watching
the fishing fleet returning at noon or late in the afternoon when it arrives
at the Bali pier. Small wooden boats at Fisherman's Huts arrive heavy with their
catch of the day.
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