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 outside? You may be happy to find out that the area has some nature preserves nearby.

Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a nature preserve found within the vicinity of Palm Beach, 1.3 mi. West of central Noord. The only activity that Bubali Bird Sanctuary offers is bird-watching. Just beware, if you do not go around dusk or dawn, you are unlikely to see much.

Vacationers wanting to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring opportunities 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 some time to look through the table below to learn more 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 tourists have heard about the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Noord some interesting choices, including 3 caves.

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

A second attraction worth considering is Guadirikiri Caves. It is found 10.6 mi. Southeast of central Noord. Located on the property of the Arikok National Park, Guadirikiri Caves are fabled to be the spot where two lovers burst through the rocks to create the two domed entrances, and flew to heaven. Though fascinating, many guests find it hard to believe that this dark and gritty spot is the site of anything so romantic.

The chart directly below provides you with some details 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


Travelers can visit one of the many parks in and around Noord.

The parks worth looking into are provided here:

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 passing some time surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, you should visit The Butterfly Farm. The farm is located across from the Phoenix and Riu High Rise hotels.

Another similar attraction is Aruba Ostrich Adventures. If you're traveling here from the high rise hotels, take the A1 towards Oranjestad and take a left at the first traffic circle. Go straight through two more traffic circles, and turn left when you reach the fourth.

Glance through the following table to learn more.

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

If you want to learn about a wider variety of attractions beyond the category on this page, you might want to look beyond these choices. For more information about other attractions, click here.


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