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 like being out in the fresh air? You might be happy to learn the area has a few interesting nature preserves nearby.

Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a nature preserve located within the vicinity of Palm Beach, 2.5 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

Those wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing opportunities 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.

Check out the table just below for a listing of nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Oranjestad
Name Type Location
Arikok National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 8.0 mi. East of Central Oranjestad
Bubali Bird Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.0 mi. East of Central Oranjestad


Fontein Caves

Even though most visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Oranjestad some interesting choices, including 3 caves.

You should consider visiting Fontein Caves, which is found 9.1 mi. East of central Oranjestad. This cave is located near the Boca Prins on the northern side of Aruba.

An additional option is Guadirikiri Caves. It is located 9.8 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 table directly below provides you with some key facts concerning caves.

Caves Near Oranjestad
Name Type Location
Fontein Caves Cave 9.1 mi. East of Central Oranjestad
Guadirikiri Caves Cave 9.8 mi. East of Central Oranjestad
Tunnel of Love Cave 10.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Oranjestad


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

The parks available are listed in the table below.

Parks In and Around Oranjestad
Name Type Location
Natural Bridge Park 5.5 mi. East of Central Oranjestad
Noord Mountain Park Park Sabana Lider, 2.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Park Curazon Park Jaburibari, 2.8 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Signature Park Park 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Wilhelmina Park Park Downtown Oranjestad

Zoos and Aquariums

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

If the idea of passing some time at the zoo sounds like fun, consider visiting 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.

A second related venue is The Butterfly Farm. The farm is located across from the Phoenix and Riu High Rise hotels.

Look through the following chart to learn more.

Zoos Near Oranjestad
Name Type Location
Aruba Ostrich Adventures Zoo Bushiribana, 4.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Oranjestad
The Butterfly Farm Zoo 2.8 mi. North of Central Oranjestad

If you are seeking a wider variety of attractions beyond just these, you can consider other locations. If you'd like to get more information concerning other attractions by clicking on this link.


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