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Arikok National Park, Santa Cruz

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You can't help but notice waves crashing dramatically into ocean cliffs as you navigate around Arikok National Park. Try touring the park with an all-terrain vehicle or via a Jeep tour to be able to reach some of the more remote places, such as the park caves. The caves feature stalagmites, stalactites, and ancient cave paintings. Take the opportunity to hike in the park while observing the native lizards and wild goats. Bring plenty of water, as the heat is intense. You'll find a restaurant along the way, as well as a beach, but be careful as the waters can get quite rough. To visit Arikok National Park on your trip to Santa Cruz, use our Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I went to Aruba at the beginning of June as a solo traveller and I had an amazing time. First off my accommodation was great I did not stay where all the high rise hotels were but was downtown in Oran...  more »
  • I went in a jeep safari trip and we stopped off at this national park, I expected to see some sort of wildlife but ended up very disappointed. There as some caves there which we went in and there is o...  more »
  • Although hiking and biking is an option, a car is most convenient. There are lots of sights within the park, so do a bit of advanced planning. The views of the ocean are magnificent. And, the dunes ar...  more »
Google
  • Quite varied and beautiful. You can get around to most spots in the park with a car as long as you drive with a modicum of intelligence and are willing to walk the remainder in less trustworthy spots. If you plan on visiting specific locations within the park, make note of hours of operation, as not everything is open later into the day.
  • We actually came here on two separate occasions, one where we drove through with a rental car and one on a hike. The rental car was a lot of fun, and even without a 4x4 jeep we got to see a lot of great things, like dos playas, and the caves. The park rangers were great tour guides who were more than happy to tell us the interesting history around us. Our hike was with another great guide, Rambo, who showed us some great stops, and took us on a really enjoyable hike through the hills. I high recommend setting aside a day or two for this park.
  • Beautiful. Definitely take an at or utv. The ride itself is so much fun. We went to natural pool and the caves. Both were amazing. A must do in Aruba!
  • Beautiful spot. Great for off road fun. Visit the swimming hole.
  • Drove through the park in a rental jeep. Got into the caves, which are fun to see, and in a few of the in-set beaches are amazing waves to watch crash in. Cost us $11 a person, which is pretty steep for a two hour drive through. You really should only go if you have a jeep or suv. Dirt roads and potholes can catch a smaller car.