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 and other attractions in Santa Cruz, use our Santa Cruz day trip planning site .
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  • We spent the day at Arikok National Park and loved it! The scenery is not to be believed! You won’t believe you are on a Caribbean island. We took our rental car and only wished we had rented a Jeep b...  more »
  • This was a great place to discover something other than the touristy areas of Aruba. It’s a very well maintained park with great signage, interesting vegetation and beautiful views. I’d recommend it f...  more »
  • We wanted to visit the park and went on a motorcycle. Specifically asked if we would have any trouble and was told “no” by the person that sold us our entrance bracelets for 11$ each. Needless to say,...  more »
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  • Excellent experience. Route 7 is passable by normal car as long as one stays on the marked roads. There are frequent storm drains which slow you down considerably. We were hoping to find burrowing owls, but did not see any. We were told that Boas have decimated the local population and the owls have been adapting to live closer to human habitat. We saw a lot of wild goats and donkeys along with abundant variety of birds. We took one walking trail - Miralamar. You can see the ocean on both sides of Aruba.
  • Great to go find singe private beaches and off roading. Bring drinks and snacks and spend the day exploring. 4 wheel is recommended!
  • Very interesting park, reminded me of Arizona. Scenery is beautiful and that side of the island is very different from Palm Beach. Go to caves, a must see. Driving is easy in Aruba. It will be hot in the park, take lots of water and sunscreen.
  • Do not go without a Jeep or 4 wheel drive vehicle with good clearance. The storm drains on the main road are very steep for a car and everything else is off road. Go early and take your time. You will not be asked to leave because at the end of the day they just leave and go home. The natural pool is great but be careful it is slippery. The caves were fun but go early or the bats come out. Lots of fun but be ready for a rough adventure
  • My favorite part of Aruba! So many things to offer, could've easily spent 8 hours there. Caves, hiking, natural pool, and the coast. $11 entry free, cute visitor center

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