Arikok National Park, Santa Cruz

4.4
#1 of 14 in Things to do in Santa Cruz
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 .
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Arikok National Park
map
Arikok National Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
899 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Recommend rent a utv/quad/jeep and visit this place. Access to the swimming pool very difficult if someone chooses to route 4 x 4. Admission to the Museum paid $11.
    View original
  • This was a great excursion. We had a National Park Ranger take us on a 2.5 hour hike through the Miralomar Mining area and up to the communications tower where we enjoyed a panoramic view of the Islan...  more »
  • Different scenery of Aruba but beautiful none the less. Nice place to come to avoid the majority of tourisits.  more »
Google
  • 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!
Places to stay near Arikok National Park

Plan your trip to Santa Cruz

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Arikok National Park by other users

16 days in Aruba BY A USER FROM BELGIUM August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Noord BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Aruba BY A USER FROM INDIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Aruba BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM SWEDEN October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Aruba BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Mexico, South America & Caribbean BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Caribbean, Mexico & South America BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Caribbean BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Aruba BY A USER FROM BRAZIL November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Aruba BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Aruba BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans