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El Tours Aruba is a family owned tour company in Aruba. Mr. & Mrs. Pepermans strive to provide the best quality tour guides, buses, and experiences for their clientele and they really delivered. They provide an air conditioned bus to take small groups of visitors to some of the island’s top destinations. Our tour guide Clifford was knowledgeable about the island and provided great entertainment with his many stories about the island. Our group only consisted of 7 people, which was nice for making quick stops at the sites. Check out why you won’t want to miss this Aruba Bus Tour on your next visit!
Aloe Vera Factory
The first stop for us was the Aloe Aruba Factory & Aloe Fields. This company is 126 years old and produces a variety of aloe based products from soap scrubs to after sun relief. I brought some foot lotion and soap scrubs home to play with. I love the soap scrubs because they are actually solid cubes, so perfect for traveling with! Clifford told us all about the benefits of Aloe and which parts are safe to eat and made a few suggestions on how to eat it. Even though the factory was closed on the day we visited (National Holiday – Carnaval Monday) we were still able to see the beautiful fields and learn a lot about the importance of aloe on the island.
Next we visited Casibari, the Aruban Rock Formation and Gardens. At the base of this rock formation, you will find a lovely garden full of cacti and other native plants. A few rocky steps to the top and you have a beautiful view of the island of Aruba and it’s tallest point, Haystack Mountain. It is quite windy at the top, but worth the short trek for the amazing view you will see.
Our next stop was the Natural Bridge and Son of a Bridge. The drive along the coastline was stunning, reminding some passengers of the Irish coastline. Aruba is made of coral and volcanic rock, which lines the coast on the North. The original natural bridge collapsed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but you can see its remains on what was once one of aruba’s most beautiful beaches and top tourist destination. While some might not see the point in visiting a falling natural landmark, I will say the view is breathtaking and definitely worth a drive. Near the Natural Bridge is the Goldmill. We were able to see it and take photos from afar, but we did not stop to explore this historic building on the tour.
Real Estate of Aruba
Unadvertised and unofficial, Clifford took us through the streets of Aruba, showing off some of it’s finest real estate. We saw houses valued at 100,000 USD to 4.5 Million USD. There were authentic aruban houses, modern designs, italian design, and more. His knowledge on the local real estate market was just an added bonus!
Alto Vista Chapel
After the coastal tour, we followed the 14 crosses up a hill to the Alto Vista Chapel. The crosses are in place for the stations of the cross, each one depicting a biblical story. On Good Friday, residents walk along the path praying at each cross before reaching the final cross at the chapel. There’s a small stand outside the chapel to buy rosaries and candles to light inside the chapel. The beautiful chapel has outdoor seating for visitors and worshipers to pray in a beautiful setting.
After the chapel, our next stop was the California Lighthouse. When the British ship California hit the coast of Aruba in the early 1900’s, they built this lighthouse to prevent future accidents. They also built a house for the keeper on a cliff at the base of the lighthouse. Today the lighthouse is run automatically and the keeper’s house has been transformed into a beautiful cliffside restaurant with stunning ocean views.
Arashi Beach is one of Aruba’s top beaches and often visited by tourists and locals. There’s some snorkeling right off the coast and great swimming just a little farther up. You can buy a light lunch, drinks, and snacks at the beach. It was the perfect way to end the tour.
What’s your favorite stop on the El Tours Aruba Bus Tour?
El Tours provided this tour complimentary, but the opinions expressed in this article are my own.