Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Photo credit: © Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

Before cars became the main source of transportation in Aruba, donkeys were brought to the island to serve such a purpose. As motorized vehicles became more prevalent, the need for donkeys decreased, and their care did as well.

Then, in the 1970s, a disease spread through the donkey community that wiped out a great deal of their population. The people at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary knew that something must be done, and finally in 1997 the non-profit organization opened its doors.

Visitors are welcome to come explore the property and learn about the friendly animal in between relaxing on the porch with a cold drink, coffee, tea, or ice cream. Volunteers are always available to answer questions and you can even volunteer to help with feedings and cleaning beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba


Set on the northeastern part of the island of Aruba, Donkey Sanctuary Aruba invites customers who are rooming on this part of the island or close by. Whether or not you are staying particularly close, you are free to stop by for some fun in the sun. It is east of Oranjestad.

Take route 4A from the hotels. At the Pizza Hut in Paradera take a left turn. At the second intersection, just before Ayo Rock formation, you will find the white and brown road signs to the sanctuary and within 5 minutes you'll arrive.

Nearby Restaurants

There are many dining options to choose from in the neighborhood surrounding the nature preserve. Avallone's Ristorante, which has a menu full of Italian meals, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. Jumbo Bar-Restaurant and MC Dushi Bagels are some more dining possibilities in close to this natural attraction where guests can give your taste buds a treat and enjoy the Aruba scene.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who are a fan of wildlife reservations, and would like to see others, should check out Arikok National Park and Bubali Bird Sanctuary; the first is 3.5 miles away from this nature preserve. Other types of local activities include Natural Bridge, which is one and a quarter miles away near Noord. Furthermore, you can consider making the trip to Aruba Ostrich Adventures, which is another attraction nearby.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

Attractions Near Donkey Sanctuary Aruba
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Natural Bridge -- 1.2 mi. (8.4 km) NNE 5.2 mi. East-Southeast of Noord
Aruba Ostrich Adventures Other Attraction 1.8 mi. (6.2 km) NW Bushiribana
Bushiribana Historic Site 2.2 mi. (6.1 km) NNW Bushiribana
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins Historic Site 2.9 mi. (7.0 km) S 4.3 mi. Southeast of Oranjestad
Park Curazon -- 3.1 mi. (3.7 km) NW Jaburibari
Fontein Caves GeoFeature 4.4 mi. (13.4 km) ESE 8.3 mi. East of Oranjestad
Noord Mountain Park -- -- -- Sabana Lider
Aruba Numismatic Museum Museum 4.7 mi. (0.7 km) W 0.4 mi. West of Oranjestad

More Information


The Sanctuary is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm during the week, and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

However, the opening hours are expected to change in early 2015, so you may want to refer to their website for the most up-to-date hours.


While there is no cost to visit the Sanctuary, donations are what keep this habitat afloat. You can even adopt a donkey!

Location: Sta Lucia 4a, Aruba


(297) 584-1063



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