This was my very first trip to Aruba, so we wanted to make sure that we had a complete experience with an all day tour.
We started our tour with a visit to a local Aloe Vera products manufacturing plant. At the factory, they had informative displays about the many healing benefits of Aloe Vera and then we got to see the it in production from the harvesting of the raw Aloe Vera to the finished product in gels, creams and lotions. There was also a shop at the factory where visitors could purchase some of their products, but they were a little on the pricey side.
Next, we headed to the North shore of the island to see the natural bridges. The larger bridge collapsed in the storm in 2004, but the nearby baby bridge is still worth checking out. The costal area is worth seeing for its rugged landscape and pounding surf.
Next, it was off to the chapel and the lighthouse for more scenic views. Near the chapel, we saw some of the ATVs that are used for the tour that drives folks over the desert landscapes off-road on the north side of the island. We were also impressed by the many giant cactus trees that dominated the landscape on the island. Our tour completed with a drive through the resort hotel section and the famous white sand beaches before we were dropped off back at the cruise pier. Since we didn’t stop for pictures at the beach, I wasn’t able to get any pictures, but hotel district beaches are white sand, gentler surf beaches, completely different from the North shore area.