Natural Attractions in Oranjestad

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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. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Do you want to spend part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You might be pleased to know the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.

Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a great nature preserve located in the vicinity of Palm Beach, 3.3 mi. North-Northwest of central Oranjestad. 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.

Attractions Map

Vacationers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places 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.

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.

You can look through this table for more information about nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Oranjestad
Name Type Location
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


Fontein Caves

Even though most tourists are drawn by the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Oranjestad some interesting choices, including 3 caves.

You might enjoy a visit to Fontein Caves, which is situated 8.3 mi. East of central Oranjestad. This cave is located near the Boca Prins on the northern side of Aruba.

Another available option is Guadirikiri Caves. It is located 9.0 mi. East of central Oranjestad. 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 below lists some key facts concerning caves.

Caves Near Oranjestad
Name Type Location
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


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

The parks you'll be able to find are listed directly below.

Parks In and Around Oranjestad
Name Type Location
Natural Bridge Park 4.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Noord Mountain Park Park Sabana Lider, 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Park Curazon Park Jaburibari, 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Signature Park Park The vicinity of Palm Beach, 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Wilhelmina Park Park Downtown Oranjestad

Zoos and Aquariums

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

If the concept of spending some time at the zoo tickles your fancy, 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.

A second related venue is The Butterfly Farm. After the first Butterfly Farm in St. Martin experienced such great success, one of the owners, William Slayter decided to take the concept to the island of Aruba. This Butterfly Farm, co-owned by Tony and Lori Cox, has been open since May of 1999, and remains popular thanks in part to the beauty and majesty of the butterfly, and also in part to William's quirky sense of humor.

Be sure to look through the chart below to learn more.

Zoos Near Oranjestad
Name Type Location
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

Bear in mind, Oranjestad has other attractions. To read about other other attractions for Oranjestad, click here.


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