Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A great tip for cruise passengers, free and guaranteed lizard spotting, Aruba

When your cruise ship docks, you sometimes want to explore the port area by yourself instead of booking an excursion. In this article we explain how to spot lizards in Aruba after a short easy walk alongside shops and the yacht harbour. This is a tip for your own free tour in Oranjestad, Aruba.

Walk out the port and turn right on the L.G. Smith Boulevard. About 500m further on your right site, you see the shopping centre of the Renaissance Ocean Suites and here you go to the right again. After 100m you reach the end of the garden and see the rock formations. You have an excellent view on the cruise ships and the lizards. They are just everywhere and some of them are more than a metre long.

At a certain moment Kristel stood next to a bush and I said to her: turn a little bit to the right, there was a green lizard eating leaves and he was sitting about 50cm from here shoulder. The lizards are masters in camouflage; they are grey on the rocks and green in the bushes. We really enjoyed taking photo’s there.

Als je cruise schip in de haven ligt, wil je soms zonder begeleiding de stad in trekken, in plaats van een excursie te boeken. Dit artikel beschrijft hoe je enorme hagedissen in de natuur van Aruba kan spotten. Na een kleine gemakkelijke wandeling langs winkeltjes en de jachthaven bereik je de ideale spotplaats. Dit is een tip voor uw eigen gratis uitstap in Oranjestad. 

Je wandelt de haven uit en gaat naar rechts op de L.G. Smith Boulevard. Na 500m zie je op de rechterzijde het winkelcentrum van de Renaissance Ocean Suites, hier ga je terug naar rechts. Na 100m bereik je het einde van de tuin en zie je de rotsformaties. Wat een fantastisch zicht op de cruiseschepen en hagedissen. De grijze en groene kleppers liggen overal en sommigen zijn meer als een meter lang. 

Op een bepaald moment staat Kristel naast een struik en zeg ik: draai je traag om naar rechts. Er was een enorme groene hagedis bladeren aan het eten op ongeveer 50cm van haar schouder. De hagedissen zijn meesters in camouflage, op de rotsen zijn ze grijs, in de struiken groen. We hebben echt genoten hier foto’s te trekken.. 
 
Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Lizards Oranjestad Aruba

Previous Aruba article: The fascinating plants and clear waters of Eagle Beach, Aruba

Previous Oranjestad article: The Banana Bus and shopping in Oranjestad, Aruba

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14 comments:

  1. So beautiful animals! So perfect photos! I would love to grab my camera and take the next flight. Or cruise :-)
    LUCKY YOU!

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  2. Wow, who knew there were so many varieties of lizards about! I loved the photos!!!!

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  3. Some of them look like bearded lizards or frilled lizards. I love the unusual one with the aqua spots, and the bright green one. Do any of them bite? I would make them into a collage and display it in my house!!

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  4. Love the pics! I am contented to look at them in pics. Doubt I will be comfortable to look at them up close and personal.

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  5. Lovely selection of lizards in there many different guises.

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  6. 'k Blijf liever op afstand, Filip, maar je maakte wondermooie beelden !
    Lie(f)s.

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  7. Wow, what a capture, you sure caught great photos of them, as they blend in so well with their surroundings. I was waiting to see a surprised look in a photo of Kristel when you explained having her move closer ....but surely, they aren't anything to be afraid of. Most all wild creatures will leave us alone if we don't distrub them! Harmless happy little guys and not even shy of your camera!

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  8. These photos are just great and I love your directions to get there! i have a friend who has a condo in Aruba, and have been planning on visiting her... Will be sure to go see these when i do. How amazing. A metre long is really pretty big.... did you feel at all afraid of them?

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  9. very beautiful pichas!! Especially the one with Iguana! Love it!

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  10. Great pictures about lizards, even though I cannot say that I like them :) I have not ever seen them.
    Have a happy day.

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  11. Wow! A lizard wonderland. Great shots.

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  12. They are lovely and clever.
    The photos of them and the ship are great!

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  13. prachtige voorhistorische beestjes die superlief poseren voor de allerknapste foto's

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  14. Filip dit is echt een schitterende serie. Ik heb ze op de Galapagos eilanden ook in verschillende kleuren gezien. Ze zijn lelijk en mooi tegelijk. Groetjes, Dietmut

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