Fontein Caves

Photo credit: © Harald Hooghiemstra

Fontein Cave is not only a unique natural attraction in Aruba, but it is an important part of history. Cave drawings and other artifacts that have been found over the years give scientists a clue that the native Arawak Indians once performed tribal rituals in this spot. Today, guests are invited in to explore the outer chamber of this naturally forming cave.

Because this cave was formed into a wall of coral limestone, a spectacular offering of stalagmite and stalagtite in various odd shapes and sizes decorate this natural structure. Fontein Cave is 13 feet in height and 160 feet deep.

The entrance hall to Fontein Cave is open for exploration, where guests can view stalactite and stalagmite formations, hear the flap of bat wings, and study the cave wall drawings.


Fontein Caves lies near the middle of the island of Aruba, close to Butucu; it is to the east of Oranjestad.

This cave is located near the Boca Prins on the northern side of Aruba.

Nearby Restaurants

Guests visiting this cave will have no problem finding a meal, since you'll find an exceptionally large selection of dining options in the vicinity. The nearest place to eat to Fontein Caves is Subway Cura Cabai, which offers American dishes. Also within a short distance, you and your party will find eateries including Ling Nam Bar And Restaurant and Chesterfield Restaurant so with any luck, at least one of these nearby options will satiate the entire group.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who enjoy caves, and would like to see others, might consider a trip to Guadirikiri Caves and Tunnel of Love; the first and closest of which is less than a mile to the south-southeast of Fontein Caves . You'll find other attractions nearby, including Arikok National Park, which is one and a quarter miles away near Oranjestad. You might want to also consider heading over to Aruba Model Train Museum, which is another attraction close by.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this location are found in the following table.

Attractions Near Fontein Caves
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Arikok National Park -- 1.3 mi. (11.5 km) W 7.1 mi. East of Oranjestad
Aruba Model Train Museum Museum 4.0 mi. (15.4 km) S San Nicolas
San Nicolas Community Museum Museum 4.2 mi. (15.9 km) S 9.9 mi. Southeast of Oranjestad
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba Other Attraction 4.4 mi. (6.9 km) WNW 4.3 mi. East of Oranjestad

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