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Natural Pool Aruba

Aruba Natural Pool
The Natural Pool is an unusual formation of rock and volcanic stone along a deserted coastline in southeast Aruba.

This tranquil pool occasionally gets dramatic sprays of water when the incoming tide punds against the rocky shoreline next to it.

Visitors to the pool, which is known as “conchi” or “Cura di Tortuga,” can swim in the pool, snorkely nearby or catch some rays from the sun.

The fact that the Natural Pool is located in rugged terrain means that visitors usually reach it by foot, horseback or 4x4 vehicle. It is not accessible by car. That means a rental vehicle is the usual means of getting there.

Natural Pool is located in Arikok National Park.

Getting There

The typical visit to Natural Pool is via a commercial excursion.

The resorts, airport and cruise port are located on the eastern side of the island, so excursions usually include Natural Pool as one of several stops around the island.

Some excursions will take guests up to California Lighthouse at the norther tip of the island, then down the west coast to Natural Pool, Arikok park and the location of the collapsed Natural Bridge, which was Aruba’s most famous natural attraction. Visitors can still see the smaller Baby Bridge.

An excursion may last about four to five hours and usually will leave in the early morning or early afternoon.

Going directly from Oranjestad to Natural Pool is a little more than six miles or 10 kilometers.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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April 25, 2012

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