We decided to rent a jeep one day of our vacation and head to the other side of the island in search of the natural pool.  The entire island is only 19 miles long and 6 miles wide with one side having all the beautiful hotels and beaches and the other side uninhabited, very rocky and with rough waters.  We figured it would be pretty hard to get lost but what we did not know was that there was no actual road to the natural pool.  Instead it was a little like driving on the moon’s surface and not a single sign guiding the way. We ended up following some people on horseback to a parking area of sorts.  The natural pool is a short hike on very rough terrain but worth it. There was only one other adventurous couple there and we stayed and swam/snorkeled for about an hour. I don’t know how they get in the pool but it is home to some pretty colorful fish and starfish. If you do plan a trip, keep in mind there are no restaurants or shops of any kind here so bring plenty of water and snacks. The day we were there, there was a truck marked “The Saloon” serving cold beer, canned soft drinks, water and juices in the parking area (a true desert oasis —I don’t drink beer but have to admit it tasted amazing after the swim and hot hike back). If interested in going but not interested in renting a jeep and trying to find it yourself, most hotels do offer offroad tours that take groups there. We really enjoyed the adventure of trying to find it ourselves.

Aruba - Natural Pool

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Natural Pool, Aruba

Natural Pool, Aruba

 

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