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Arikok National Park

Go wildlife-watching, view American Indian cave art, stroll along deserted windswept beaches and hike among the arid, cacti-peppered hills of this protected preserve.

Arikok National Park covers around 20 percent of the island of Aruba, encompassing vast expanses of undeveloped arid wilderness and rocky coastline. Look for unusual endemic species, marvel at the stalagmite and stalactite formations in the park’s caves and stroll along the coastal sand dunes.

Start your adventure at the park’s eco-friendly visitor center, which is outfitted with rooftop solar panels and a cooling water basin. This is a great place to learn about the various attractions and highlights of the park.

The park features a variety of habitats where flora and fauna abound. Embark on a four-wheel drive tour or take a guided hike through the park to see some of the most eye-catching plant and animal species. More than 70 different types of cacti grow here, while animals including donkeys and goats roam free. The park is also home to some unique endemic species including the bright blue Aruban whiptail lizard, the endangered Aruban rattlesnake and the Aruban burrowing owl.

Spend some time exploring the park’s rugged coastline, which stands in stark contrast to the resort-lined beaches of the island’s west coast. Take a stroll along Daimari Beach, Dos Playa and Boca Prins. Swimming at these beaches should be avoided because of the strong currents and rough waters. If you do want to swim, head to the Natural Pool, which is protected from the strong sea current by a series of rocks.

Although there are many wonderful natural sights here, the park also has a fascinating human history to uncover. View ancient rock art created by the Caquetío Indians as well as more recent graffiti left by early European settlers at the Fontein Cave. Learn about the agricultural history of the park at the old plantation site, where two restored adobe houses can be seen.

Arikok National Park is open daily from morning until late afternoon. There is a fee for admission to the park, with free entry for children under the age of 17. Sign up for a park ranger-led tour to find out more about the park. Be aware that some parts of the park, such as the Natural Pool, can only be accessed by four-wheel drive.

Popular Activities at Arikok National Park

We understand you really want to make the most out of your trip to Arikok National Park. So, we've rounded up some of the most popular things you can do on your visit:

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Fuego Mio Bed & Breakfast CA $136
Fuego Mio Bed & Breakfast

Fuego Mio Bed & Breakfast

San Fuego 48a, Santa Cruz
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Santa Cruz, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Arikok National Park. Arikok National Park Visitors Center and Donkey Sanctuary Aruba are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Old Aloe House
    Old Aloe House

    Old Aloe House

    Seroe Alejandro 34, Savaneta
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Savaneta, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Mangel Halto Beach. Ser'i Alejandro and Arikok National Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Old Aloe House - A 100 Year Old, Fully Renovated Vacation Home
      Old Aloe House - A 100 Year Old, Fully Renovated Vacation Home

      Old Aloe House - A 100 Year Old, Fully Renovated Vacation Home

      Seroe Alejandro 34, Savaneta
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Savaneta, this historic holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Mangel Halto Beach. Ser'i Alejandro and Arikok National Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        The Hideaway Penthouse
        The Hideaway Penthouse

        The Hideaway Penthouse

        Pos Chikito 273 F, Savaneta
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Savaneta, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leeward Antilles and Mangel Halto Beach. Arikok National Park and Ser'i Alejandro are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          The Hideaway The Retreat
          The Hideaway The Retreat

          The Hideaway The Retreat

          Pos Chiquito 273 F, Savaneta
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Savaneta, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leeward Antilles and Mangel Halto Beach. Arikok National Park and Ser'i Alejandro are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Aruba Ocean Villas CA $470
            Aruba Ocean Villas

            Aruba Ocean Villas

            Savaneta 356-A, Savaneta
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in De Bruynewijk, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mangel Halto Beach. Ser'i Alejandro and Arikok National Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Club Arias Bed & Breakfast CA $121
              Club Arias Bed & Breakfast

              Club Arias Bed & Breakfast

              Savaneta 123-K, Savaneta
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Savaneta bed & breakfast is located near the airport, just steps away from Leeward Antilles and Ser'i Alejandro. Mangel Halto Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

                Driftwood Gardens CA $72
                Driftwood Gardens

                Driftwood Gardens

                123-K Saveneta, Savaneta
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Mangel Halto Beach. Ser'i Alejandro and Arikok National Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).