Aruba's natural terrain hosts a myriad of flora and fauna. The dry desert and shimmering deep turquoise seas create a backdrop for beautiful scenery around the island.
Aruba's landscapes are full of natural cacti and distinctive divi divi trees. And it would be hard to go a day without seeing a mountain goat, one of Aruba's most populous animals. Also be sure to keep your eyes open for the many beautiful iguanas that run wild.
Do you enjoy spending time outside? You may be pleased to know the island has several interesting nature preserves on it.
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is a great nature preserve located in central Aruba. Take route 4A from the hotels. At the Pizza Hut in Paradera take a left turn.
Travelers hoping to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Arikok National Park. 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.
Bubali Bird Sanctuary: Located in the area surrounding Bubali Pond, Bubali Bird Sanctuary seeks to create a safe refuge for a variety of coastal birds, including pelicans, sandpipers, and storks.
View the table below to read more about nature preserves.
|Arikok National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.2 mi. North of Central Lagoville|
|Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad|
|Donkey Sanctuary Aruba||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Aruba|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.5 mi. Southeast of Central San Nicolas|
Even though most people visiting the area are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Aruba offers some great choices, including 3 caves.
You might enjoy a visit to Guadirikiri Caves, which is located within eastern Aruba. A tour of the caves takes guest into the damp, dark space, which features native cave drawings and a bat habitat.
A second place worth considering is Fontein Caves. It is found within eastern Aruba. 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.
The following table summarizes a few details regarding caves.
|Fontein Caves||Cave||1.6 mi. North of Central Butucu|
|Guadirikiri Caves||Cave||1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Butucu|
|Tunnel of Love||Cave||1.1 mi. East of Central Butucu|
Travelers can experience one of the many parks on Aruba.
The parks worth looking into are shown down below.
|Park||2.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Park||2.8 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Park||2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad|
If the concept of spending part of a day with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Aruba Ostrich Adventures. In addition to simply seeing the large birds, visitors to the Aruba Ostrich Adventure will be able to feed them as well, helping create a once in a lifetime experience. There are also eight other types of animals on property, all working together to create a fun, interactive, and educational experience.
Another similar attraction is The Butterfly Farm. The farm is located across from the Phoenix and Riu High Rise hotels.
Be sure to look through this table if you want more information.
|Aruba Ostrich Adventures||Zoo||Bushiribana, Central Aruba|
|The Butterfly Farm||Zoo||2.8 mi. North of Central Oranjestad|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Aruba are listed right below.
|Ayo Rock Formation||Rock Formation||Central Aruba|
|Reef||4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad|
|California White Sand Dunes||Hill||1.3 mi. Northwest of Central Tierra Del Sol|
|Casibari||Rock Formation||Central Aruba|
|Cura di Tortuga||Lagoon||1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Shette|
|Harbour||3.9 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Oranjestad|
|Other Natural Formation||2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Buena Vista|
Bear in mind, you'll find additional kinds attractions available. Follow this link to view our guide to other interesting attractions for Aruba.
To visit the more active side of Aruba, try visiting the famous desert sand dunes on the northwestern tip of the island, where you can go for an adventurous Jeep or scooter ride on the desert terrain or go "dune sliding." Guides usually know good and safe sliding areas where tourists can take part in this thrilling activity.
The Cura di Tortuga is Aruba's natural pool, tucked away on the windward coast of the island. Clandestine and shaded, the Tortuga is a great escape from reality. The pool is surrounded by rough land that makes it accessible only to those who know the way, like the secret getaways of fantasy stories. To get here, you will need to hire a local guide and rent either horses or a vehicle with four-wheel drive.
Once one of island's most important feats of nature was Aruba's Natural Bridge, which was carved into the surrounding land after many years of rough surf pounding against it. This coral limestone structure rose 25 feet above sea level and crossed over 100 feet of water over a rocky and gorgeous area, full of exciting sea and animal life. Unfortunately, one night in September of 2005 the bridge was washed away. Despite the collapse, visitors still make the trek to the Natural Bridge where they can view the ruins and stop by the refreshment stand before making their way over to the smaller natural bridge nearby. Aptly named, the bridge has been dubbed Baby Bridge.
The various cacti and the unique divi divi trees are hallmarks of Aruba's natural vegetation, but the island's most significant plant is aloe. This agricultural tradition dates back to 1890 and provides Aruba with a good portion of its economic livelihood. The arid desert climate of Aruba is ideal for growing and harvesting aloe. Excellent aloe products, including lotions, soaps and cosmetics, are organically made and sold across the island.
Over all, Aruba's natural environment is healthy and robust, providing for many memorable and one-of-a-kind natural experiences.
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