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.

Since March of 2017 Arikok National Park includes the management of the Spanish Lagoon. This gives Aruba National Park approximately 20% of the entire island. Arikok is approximately 18% of the island.

Spanish Lagoon is one of the island's most significant lagoons and was designated a Ramsar site in 1980 (Ramsar site no.198). It borders with the most southern part of Arikok National Park. Two dry riverbeds, Rooi Taki and Rooi Bringamosa, connect these two very important nature areas. Spaans Lagoen, as it is called in Dutch, is approximately 70 hectares in size and is one of the largest natural lagoons in the Caribbean. The two-kilometer-long lagoon penetrates the landscape varying in width from two to five hundred meters and is bordered by lush mangroves and mudflats.

Four microhabitats come together in this area when we include the surrounding plateaus. Although it was primarily recognized as a Ramsar site due to its significance as a feeding and breeding are for waterbirds and as a nursery area for a variety of fish species and crustaceans, many other species of birds can be observed at this location year round.

Location

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

Nearby Restaurants

There are several picks of eateries to pick from in the community nearby this wildlife reservation. Subway Cura Cabai, which offers American meals, is very close-by, making it a great option for nature preserve visitors. G&G Pizza and Gabriel's at Club Arias are some more nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Gabriel's at Club Arias you and your party should be sure to try a bite of International food and experience the culture of Aruba.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers 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 of which is three and a half miles to the northwest of this page's attraction. There are some other places of interest nearby, including Fontein Caves, which is one and a quarter miles away near Oranjestad. Also think about heading over to Guadirikiri Caves, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Nature preserves are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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 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 Aruba National Park.

Cost

To enter the park, adults will have to pay $11(USD), while children seventeen and under are free. A ranger-led tour is free of charge. Reservations are recommended 48 hours in advance via info@arubanationalpark.org.

Location: 42 Piedra Plat, San Fuego 70, Aruba

Phone

(297) 585-1234

FAX: (297) 585-1235

Website

http://www.arubanationalpark.org/

Email

info@arubanationalpark.org

 

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