Natural Attractions in Noord

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It takes a bit of traveling from Noord to get to the island's most natural attractions, so you may consider renting a car or signing up to take a tour of the island with a reputable group.  The distance is between two and 10 miles to most of the sites you'll want to make sure to see.  If you'd like to stay put, know that no matter where you are in Aruba, there is beauty to be seen all around you.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Do you want to spend part of your vacation outdoors? You might be happy to learn the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.

Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a nature preserve situated in the vicinity of Palm Beach, 1.3 mi. West of central Noord. 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.

Travelers hoping to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. 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.

Take a moment to read the table just below for more information about nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Noord
Name Type Location
Bubali Bird Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.3 mi. West of Central Noord
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.3 mi. Southeast of Central Noord


Fontein Caves

Although most visitors to the area come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Noord multiple options, including 3 caves.

You should consider visiting Fontein Caves, which is located 9.8 mi. East-Southeast of central Noord. 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.

A second place to consider is Guadirikiri Caves. It is found 10.6 mi. Southeast of central Noord. A tour of the caves takes guest into the damp, dark space, which features native cave drawings and a bat habitat.

The following chart provides some key facts regarding caves.

Caves Near Noord
Name Type Location
Fontein Caves Cave 9.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord
Guadirikiri Caves Cave 10.6 mi. Southeast of Central Noord
Tunnel of Love Cave 11.1 mi. Southeast of Central Noord


Guests can experience one of the many parks in and around Noord.

The parks worth considering can be seen in the chart below.

Parks In and Around Noord
Name Type Location
Natural Bridge Park 5.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord
Noord Mountain Park Park Sabana Lider, 0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord
Park Curazon Park Jaburibari, 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Noord
Signature Park Park 1.2 mi. West of Central Noord
Wilhelmina Park Park Downtown Oranjestad, 3.4 mi. South of Central Noord

Zoos and Aquariums

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

If the thought of spending some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, consider visiting The Butterfly Farm. Several hundred exotic butterflies from around the world make their homes in the controlled environment that is Aruba's Butterfly Farm. Take the 20 to 25 minute guided tour to learn all about the butterflies.

A second related venue is Aruba Ostrich Adventures. Ostriches may not be what comes to mind when one thinks of Aruba, but the Aruba Ostrich Adventure nonetheless is home to a number of ostrich that guests come from all over the island to see. While it may not be the "natural Aruba" it is still an interesting sight to see.

Take a moment to look through the following table for more information about what's available.

Zoos Near Noord
Name Type Location
Aruba Ostrich Adventures Zoo 3.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord
The Butterfly Farm Zoo 1.2 mi. West of Central Noord

Of course, Noord is home to additional attractions. For more about other attractions, click here.


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