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

Positioned toward the center of the island of Aruba, in the vicinity of Lagoville, Arikok National Park happily welcomes residents and vacationers rooming on this part of the island or nearby. But even if you aren't staying very close, you should think about stopping by to check it out. It's east of Oranjestad.

Nearby Restaurants

You need not go hungry after spending time at this wildlife reserve; you will find a wide variety of dining possibilities near this attraction. Subway Cura Cabai, which serves American meals, is also the closest restaurant to the nature preserve. G&G Pizza and Gabriel's at Club Arias are a couple other refreshment choices nearby. At Gabriel's at Club Arias you and your companions should eat some International cuisine and enjoy the culture of Aruba.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that like nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, should consider seeing Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and San Nicolas Bay Keys; the first and closest of which is three and a half miles to the northwest of this wildlife reservation. You'll find some additional places of interest in the area, including Fontein Caves, which is one and a quarter miles away near Oranjestad. You might also want to think about checking out Guadirikiri Caves, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Wildlife reservations are nice for a few hours here and there, 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 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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