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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  • National Park with super arid landscape, as all Aruba. Highlights of its coasts of turbulent waves where the waves break with unusual violence. There you can not swim. Only in its natural pool which only comes in all-terrain vehicle.
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  • A wild part of the island, well organized, very cute le cave to see but nothing great
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  • A must see if you are in Aruba. The natural pool is so awesome to see and swim in. Plus the coast line is nothing like I've seen before. It's crazy there are small sand dunes as well as caves. Plenty ...  more »
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  • Fantastic nature and geological experience. Note that the hike into the natural pool is a pretty strenuous. Walkway is about 45 minutes each way but the terrain is difficult and the footing is difficult. Some of the roads are hard on the car and you should proceed with caution, but we'll worth the time it takes to navigate the pot holes and drainage crossings. The caves are spectacular and the tour guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had a great day and came home exhausted.
  • Very cool park wish I had a lot more time to explore it. There is a cave that has drawings and markings from first island inhabitants. Very unique look at the real Aruba
  • 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.
  • Lots to see and do! Would recommend NOT taking a car. Use a UTV, ATV OR Jeep
  • Great to go find singe private beaches and off roading. Bring drinks and snacks and spend the day exploring. 4 wheel is recommended!
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