While Oranjestad is the island's busiest city, it is also home to some of the most popularly visited natural tourist attractions. These include zoos and parks on land, as well as underwater sites that may only be visited by snorkelers and divers.
Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be pleased to know the area has several nature preserves nearby.
Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a great nature preserve situated in the vicinity of Palm Beach, 3.3 mi. North-Northwest of central Oranjestad. 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 locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. Take route 4A from the hotels. At the Pizza Hut in Paradera take a left turn.
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.
Be sure to look through the following table to learn more about nature preserves.
|Arikok National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||7.1 mi. East of Central Oranjestad|
|Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||The vicinity of Palm Beach, 3.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad|
|Donkey Sanctuary Aruba||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||4.3 mi. East of Central Oranjestad|
Even though most vacationers come for the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Oranjestad some interesting options, including 3 caves.
You might enjoy a visit to Fontein Caves, which is found 8.3 mi. East of central Oranjestad. This cave is located near the Boca Prins on the northern side of Aruba.
An additional place worth considering is Guadirikiri Caves. It is located 9.0 mi. East of central Oranjestad. A tour of the caves takes guest into the damp, dark space, which features native cave drawings and a bat habitat.
The chart directly below lists more details on caves.
|Fontein Caves||Cave||8.3 mi. East of Central Oranjestad|
|Guadirikiri Caves||Cave||9.0 mi. East of Central Oranjestad|
|Tunnel of Love||Cave||9.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Oranjestad|
Guests can enjoy one of the many parks in and around Oranjestad.
The parks you'll be able to find are summarized right below.
|Park||4.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Park||Sabana Lider, 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad|
|Park||Jaburibari, 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Park||The vicinity of Palm Beach, 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad|
If the concept of spending some time at the zoo sounds like fun, you should visit 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.
Another similar attraction is The Butterfly Farm. The farm is located across from the Phoenix and Riu High Rise hotels.
Look through the following table for more information about what's available.
|Aruba Ostrich Adventures||Zoo||Bushiribana, 3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|The Butterfly Farm||Zoo||The vicinity of Palm Beach, 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad|
Needless to say, Oranjestad has other attractions. For more information on other attractions for Oranjestad, go to this page.
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