Arikok National Park

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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.

Location

Arikok National Park is located near the middle of the island of Aruba, near Lagoville; it is to the east of Oranjestad.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most delightful options while spending some time exploring the area is sharing fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of Arikok National Park. Subway Cura Cabai, which serves up American dishes, is also the most convenient dining option from the wildlife reservation. Also within a short distance, you'll come across restaurants like G&G Pizza and Gabriel's at Club Arias where you and your companions will want to try a bit of International dishes and experience the culture of Aruba.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that are a fan of nature preserves, and would like to see others, should check out Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and San Nicolas Bay Keys; the first is three and a half miles to the northwest of this wildlife reservation. There are at least one or two other attractions nearby, including Fontein Caves, which is one and a quarter miles away near Oranjestad. You might want to also consider heading to Guadirikiri Caves, which is another attraction close by.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Attractions Near Arikok National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Fontein Caves GeoFeature 1.3 mi. (13.4 km) E 8.3 mi. East of Oranjestad
Guadirikiri Caves GeoFeature 1.8 mi. (14.4 km) ESE 9.0 mi. East of Oranjestad
Tunnel of Love GeoFeature 2.3 mi. (15.1 km) SE 9.4 mi. East-Southeast of Oranjestad
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins Historic Site 3.3 mi. (7.0 km) W 4.3 mi. Southeast of Oranjestad
Aruba Model Train Museum Museum 3.9 mi. (15.4 km) S San Nicolas
Natural Bridge -- 4.1 mi. (8.4 km) NW 5.2 mi. East-Southeast of Noord
San Nicolas Community Museum Museum 4.2 mi. (15.9 km) S 9.9 mi. Southeast of Oranjestad
Aruba Ostrich Adventures Other Attraction 5.2 mi. (6.2 km) NW Bushiribana

More Information

Hours

The park is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm, though admission into the park ends at 4:00pm.

Policies

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.

Cost

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.

Location: San Fuego 70, 42 Piedra Plat, Aruba

Phone

(297) 585-1234

FAX: (297) 585-1235

Website

http://www.arubanationalpark.org/

Email

info@arubanationalpark.org

 

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