At the center of the island of Aruba is Mount Arikok, and the surrounding Arikok National Park. The largest natural attraction on the island, this National Park is incredibly conscientious of the local eco-sytem, and invites guests to carefully enjoy Aruba's nature via nature walks, camping (with proper permits), and more.
Arikok National Park takes up nearly twenty percent of the area of Aruba. The trails that take you through this park will change in scenery and topography as you enter and leave different regions of Aruba, bringing with it different wildlife for you to look out for.
Located just outside the heart of the island of Aruba, in the vicinity of Lagoville, Arikok National Park always welcomes travelers rooming on this part of the island or close by. Even if you aren't staying very close, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. It's east of Oranjestad.
And, one of the most enjoyable options while spending a few hours exploring the area is eating fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of the wildlife reservation. The most nearby place to eat to Arikok National Park is Subway Cura Cabai, which serves American fare. G&G Pizza and Gabriel's at Club Arias are some more restaurant options within reach. At Gabriel's at Club Arias you and your companions will be able to test out International food and enjoy the Aruba scene.
Active travelers that like wildlife reservations, and are interested in visiting others, might consider a trip to Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and ; the first of which is 3.5 miles away from Arikok National Park. There are at least one or two additional attractions in the area, including Fontein Caves, which is one and a quarter miles away near Oranjestad. Also consider checking out Guadirikiri Caves, which is another attraction nearby.
Nature preserves are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's more to visit in Aruba. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Arikok National Park.
|Fontein Caves||GeoFeature||1.3 mi. (14.7 km)||E||9.1 mi. East of Oranjestad|
|Guadirikiri Caves||GeoFeature||1.8 mi. (15.8 km)||ESE||9.8 mi. East of Oranjestad|
|Tunnel of Love||GeoFeature||2.3 mi. (16.4 km)||SE||10.2 mi. East-Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Balashi Gold Mill Ruins||Historic Site||3.3 mi. (8.4 km)||W||5.2 mi. Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Aruba Model Train Museum||Museum||3.9 mi. (16.8 km)||S||San Nicolas|
|--||4.1 mi. (8.4 km)||NW||5.2 mi. East-Southeast of Noord|
|San Nicolas Community Museum||Museum||4.2 mi. (17.4 km)||S||10.8 mi. Southeast of Oranjestad|
|Aruba Ostrich Adventures||Other Attraction||5.2 mi. (6.2 km)||NW||Bushiribana|
The park is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm, though admission into the park ends at 4:00pm.
There are several pages of park rules that guests must follow, but what it all boils down to, is that guests are asked to respect the natural habitat that is Arikok National Park.
To enter the park, adults will have to pay $8(USD), while children seventeen and under are free. A guided tour costs $25(USD) for a group of up to 15 people.
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