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Home » Articles » Destinations » Central America and Caribbean » Aruba: Shrouded in Mystery
Aruba: Shrouded in Mystery
Submitted by christine on 2006-11-30 02:14:03 (via
What is it that really happened that May 30th when Alabama teen Natalee Holloway vanished into the night, during her stay in Aruba? No one has seen her since she left with 3 locals in the early hours of that day. Aruba = One Happy Island? I don’t think so. This article made me consider safety issues above fun and beautiful scenery. Sad & scary:(
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Submitted by pablo on 2006-11-30 02:19:15
Bad things happen everywhere... What's weirder than the girl's disappearance is the fact that the guilty ones were not found yet, on an island inhabited by 100.000 only. But is that a reason for tourists to panic and avoid Aruba?...
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Submitted by bindero on 2006-11-30 02:26:15
That's not an easy question. Perhaps one should be careful while on trips on exotic islands, even if they tend to feel safe. No place on earth is safe. But I'd probably choose some other island if I really want to visit one, now that I've heard about Aruba and what happened there.
Submitted by Laurentzi on 2006-12-06 05:04:54
Oh, here they come again with another sightseeing place, another atraction: |Come to Aruba and visit the last place where the 18 old Alabama teen vanished! Sounds mysterious and atractive, doesn't it?

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Submitted by Ozgard on 2007-08-17 06:03:22
There are many questions that you could ask like Where were the Chaperones that evening? Why did her friends leave her?. Indeed bad things happen anywhere and everywhere. That it happened on Aruba is a shame because the poeple of that Island are wonderful and treat tourists with the upomost respect.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-08-17 11:14:38
I have been going to Aruba at least once or twice a year, every year for about 10 years. I know the entire island like it's my neighborhood. It's a very small island and the crime rate is very low. Note you've never heard of any other incidents previous to the one about Natalie. Right?
Aruba is an absoultely beautiful place. It is very safe and a wonderul place to vacation. They don't have much for spring break at all and there are really only a couple of good nightlife bars (one being carlos and charlies).
The fact is that people are blaming the whole island for what happened to this one girl. I think it is awful what happened and feel very sympathetic for Natalie's family.
But people have to realize she did put herself into the situation. She did go to a bar and drink too much. She did consent to leaving with the 3 boys that she didn't even know! She refused to go with her friends.. She is the one that put herself in that position. She should have been smarter than that to just leave with some foreign boys.. all alone, and being a female.. it's just not something that you do!

I'll just say that this should most definitely not be a reason not to visit. Just don't make stupid decisions and go off with island people you dont know.. especially at night!
If you are that young and are planning on getting drunk, just stay in public or with your friends/family. It's just common sense, you know?
This could have happened anywhere, it just so happens that it was on the peaceful island of Aruba. It's very upsetting that people will refrain from that paradise because of something that happened one time. I think that most of the other islands are much more dangerous than Aruba.

Aruba IS STILL one happy island
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