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Aruba: Day 7 (The Red Light District)
Sunday, August 5, 2012 9:29 AM
We had three plans for our last full day in Aruba: (1) Spend time at the beach, (2) Eat at Pinchos, and (3) Visit the Red Light District.
Our last visit to the beach was a ton of fun. For some reason a lot of fish kept following me around. Every now and then one would try to eat me like I was coral reef or something, but I was interesting.
For dinner we went to Pinchos Grill & Bar. The restaurant is located on a pier and gives unobstructed views of the Caribbean. It seems that arriving at 5:30 p.m. for dinner in Aruba gets you the best seats in the house. The dinner was great and we watched pelican’s swoop into the water to catch fish as we ate.
Once dinner was complete we headed to the Red Light District in San Nicolas. Before anyone’s mind starts to wander, every tour guide book recommends visiting Charlie’s Bar, which has been a staple of Aruba since the 1940s which is located right in the heart of the Red Light District. Also, every Thursday night is a Carubbian Festival with music and food and is a huge tourist attraction.
We arrived at the festival around 8 p.m. and we walked around, listening to music and looking at the different people dressed for the festival. We didn’t try any of the food since we were full from dinner. Charlie’s Bar definitely lived up to the hype. The place was so fascinating to look at. Since the place has been in existence it has accumulated all kinds of items on its ceilings and walls, from license plates, souvenirs, money, photos, hats, shoes, clothing, all kinds of things. While in the bar we had Aruba’s Beer called a Balashi. It was pretty good on tap, but out of a bottle, not so much.