Size Of Natural Pool

Natural Pool Aruba

Very popular and very frequented is the Natural Pool. What is this Natural Pool you ask? On the northeastern side of Aruba, the wild side, the wavy side, there is a particular spot where the rocks have a very peculiar shape, in where you’ll find a small pool of calm water. What makes it very characteristic is that there is a wall or natural rock surrounding the small pool of calm water, preventing currents and waves from coming in. You can swim and snorkel at the Natural Pool.

When people arrive on the island of Aruba, one of the sites high on the list to visit is the Natural Pool. The Natural Pool is located in the National Park Arikok (pronunciation: ah-ree-cock). Access to the National Park is free for the time being.

The ride to the Natural Pool is pretty intense. Regular vehicles cannot reach it. The only way to attempt to go on your own is by renting a 4×4 vehicle. Beware that many, if not all, rental companies do not cover any damage you might incur on the vehicle on your way to the Natural Pool. In case of damage or towing, you’ll have to pay the bill in full.

The best suggestion I can give is, to take an organized tour to the Natural Pool. There are various daily scheduled trips on off road safaris, horseback riding and all terrain vehicles (ATV). Off road safari is the ‘easiest’ way to get there, and ATV the ‘hardest’.

Walking is also a possibility. I see people walking there everyday. From the entrance of the National Park to the pool, it takes almost an hour to walk. Be well prepared when you take that walk by taking plenty water, having good shoos and by putting plenty son protection. Maybe if I see you walking there I might be willing to give you a ride.

Sometimes the water on the northeastern side can get very choppy. The waves get so big that not even the walls surrounding the pool can prevent the waves from crashing hard inside. If this happens, make sure you do not enter the pool. It can be very dangerous if one of these wave grabs you and hits you against a rock or tosses you out of the pool.

A frequently asked question about the Natural Pool is: how big is the Natural Pool?

It is shaped somewhat like a circle, the widest is about 7 meters (23 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide. The depth around the entrance is about 1,5 meters (5 feet) and somewhere in the middle it can get around 5 meters (17 feet). These are all estimates. One of these days I’m going to go early morning to the Natural Pool and measure it precisely. Stand by for that.

The Natural Pool is a great site. Hope to see you there.

Differences Between Palm Beach And Eagle Beach

Updated January 2019: Update includes new hotels and properties, removal of discontinued brands.

Popular Aruba Beaches

The two most popular Aruba beaches, by far, are Eagle Beach and Palm Beach. Both beaches are located in the developed hotel areas on western part of the island. These are the most visited beaches by locals, hotel guests and cruise ship visitors.

In this article I will lay out the differences and similarities between the two beaches and back them up with data, which I collected personally with public information provided by Aruba statistical office.

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Popular Baby Beach

Today I was down at the Baby Beach again. It was relatively calm for a Sunday. Generally it is one of the busiest day of the week, specially with locals.

One thing is for sure: Baby Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Aruba. The people with me today didn’t want to get out of the water. Even when time’s up, I almost needed to drag ’em out of the sea. That’s no problem actually, that’s a complement.

Americans back in the twenties and thirties gave this particular beach the name ‘Baby Beach’ because of the shallowness of it. The beach was enclosed to prevent the currents and waves from coming in, making it the perfect location for safe swimming. They kept a small opening, this way better swimmers and snorkelers could still be able to ‘get out’ of the bay and swim around the larger fish in the water.

There are some ambitious plans to develop the area around Baby Beach and vicinity. I don’t know if I would support such plans. From what I’ve seen and read, it seems to be really big. Look for you self.

Meanwhile I found an awesome site with historic pictures and stories about our long lasting relationship with the United States. Did you know that Aruba had one of the biggest oil refineries during the WWII? Did you know that Aruba was the biggest supplier of fuel to the allied forces in the western hemisphere?

All Aruba Beaches Are Public

Many times visitors ask me a very simple question regarding the beaches: are there private beaches on Aruba? The answer is: NO!
The mainstream beaches on Aruba are Palm Beach and Eagle Beach, both located at the west side of the island. All major resorts are located at these beaches.
Confusion arises because of the way resorts place these small cabana-huts and other facilities for their hotel guests. This might suggest ownership of the whole beach, while this is definitely not the case.
It is not allowed to restrict access to any beach on Aruba to anyone, not by hotels, not by luxurious residential villa owners, not by anyone.
In the territorial waters of Aruba there are two private islands with their own beaches however.
Hotel chain Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino bought a piece of property that wasn’t more than a dead coral reef. They fixed it, build facilities like a restaurant, bar, shower etc. for the use of the hotel guest. Renaissance did this because it lacks access to a beach. This resort is located in heart of the capital of Aruba. There is a boat that transports people from the lobby of Renaissance Marina Hotel to the Renaissance Island throughout the day. Non-guests are welcome as well, provided you pay the corresponding fee.
Another company that did something similar is De Palm Tours. This company is the biggest tour operator on Aruba.

Watersports And Swimming On Eagle Beach

Recently officials announced the creation of new rules for motorboats (including jet ski’s and/or wave runners) at one of the most popular beaches of Aruba, Eagle Beach. These rules are supposed to increase the safety of people swimming and users of motorboats alike.

The new rules include the creation of a buffer zone of 75 meters (246 feet) after the swimming areas. Swimming areas are the areas that are shallow and calm enough for people to swim at Eagle Beach. In the buffer zone boats are not supposed to go full speed and vigilance is required.

Furthermore, special areas are marked where boats are allowed to reach the beach or piers and the maximum speed is 5 km/h (3 mph). All above mentioned areas are clearly marked with yellow buoy’s with a little light on top.

According to police officials these new rules give them new authority to penalize any infraction towards the new rules.

The resorts in the direct areas where the new rules are applicable are Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, La Cabana Beach Resort, La Cabana Villas, Paradise Beach Villas, Marine Verlof Centrum, La Quinta Beach Resort and Costa Linda Beach Resort.