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 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.

Attractions Map

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.

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

Caves

Fontein Caves

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.

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

Parks

Guests can enjoy one of the many parks in and around Oranjestad.

The parks you'll be able to find are summarized right 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 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.

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

Needless to say, Oranjestad has other attractions. For more information on other attractions for Oranjestad, go to this page.

 

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