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Aruba: Palm Beach

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Location
Noord,  
From You4874.46 Mi
Local TipsRead these Aruba running tips with a (big) grain of salt: http://bit.ly/1rCE9u1 http://bit.ly/1uQTibg
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-11-28
Created Bydhegley
Surfaces
  • Paved
Activities
  • Running
  • Walking
Features
Street Crossings
  • Several
Max Distance4-6
Volume of Use
  • Low
DescriptionLet's face it: if you are on Aruba, you are on vacation, right? So, perhaps the best advice is to take a few days off running and relax with your loved ones! Of course, I know that you (like me) just feel better if you get that run in, even if it's a shortened version. So the next best advice is to stick with the treadmill in your hotel's health club. Then again, if you're slightly nuts like me and just have to run outside, caveat emptor. Two options from the high-rise hotel area (1) run along the beach - there is a sidewalk most of the way, a few sand crossings, and watch out for stumbling tourists; full stretch end-to-end is about 1.7 miles, (2) Here's an excerpt from my running log: "I read online that you could run from the high rise hotel area up to Alto Vista. Sounded okay. Tried it out. Awful. Traffic was solid, non-stop and clearly they don't worry about pollution control here. Sidewalks are in bad shape, where they even exist at all. Cars are aggressive, and clearly assume right of way over pedestrians. I was cut off several times, by drivers who seemed to be looking right at me but I think they were looking right *through* me, registering only motor vehicles. Think of the worst drivers in urban New Jersey - same here. So, get off the main roads? Sounds good, until you encounter stray dogs nearly everywhere. Most of those were meek, but some were clearly alpha dogs who would have none of my scrawny presence. I eventually gave up and re-traced my steps back to the hotels to get the final 1.5 miles in that area. Lesson: stick to the treadmill!" Bottom line: Running is not good here. If you want a "running vacation", Aruba will not be it. Sun-bathers' paradise, runners ... not so much.
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