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.
Do you like spending time outside? You may be happy to find out that the area has several nature preserves nearby.
Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a popular nature preserve located in 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.
Those looking to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites like Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. 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.
You can look through the chart below for more information about nature preserves.
|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|
Although most people visiting the area come for the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Noord some interesting choices, including 3 caves.
You should consider visiting Fontein Caves, which is situated 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.
Another place to consider is Guadirikiri Caves. It is located 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 table right below offers more details regarding caves.
|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|
Visitors can enjoy one of the many parks in and around Noord.
The parks available are provided in the following table.
|Park||5.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord|
|Park||Sabana Lider, 0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord|
|Park||Jaburibari, 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Noord|
|Park||1.2 mi. West of Central Noord|
|Park||Downtown Oranjestad, 3.4 mi. South of Central Noord|
If the thought of spending part of a day with interesting animals tickles your fancy, 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.
Another similar attraction 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 table below for more information.
|Aruba Ostrich Adventures||Zoo||3.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Noord|
|The Butterfly Farm||Zoo||1.2 mi. West of Central Noord|
Luckily, Noord has other attractions. If interested, you can learn more concerning other attractions by clicking on this link.
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