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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  • October 1, 2017
    We had a regular rental car so knew there were places we could not drive in the park. Went anyway - $11 entrance fee per person. Nice map, although nobody told us that the Southern Loop was closed. Sl...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    We paid the entrance fee which was $11, we did not have a 4 x 4 vehicle so we could not really get into the small roads, they had some rough waters around that you could visit and also two or three ca...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    Various interesting things to see, as the last fresh spring of Aruba, dos playa, the fountain cave and the guadirikiri cave, this cave inhabited by the bats of Aruba. even a pair of owls seen shoko, a national symbol of Aruba the arikok park is well worth a visit, but make so much for your bottle with water!
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  • June 24, 2017
    It's nice, but in my opinion, only worth one visit if you are a frequent traveler to Aruba. It has the old caves, the natural pool, and a few other nice sights, but it's very dusty and the water is not safe for swimming (very turbulent and wild). The new natural pool is now advertised, but, I will tell you, I went and it was kind of a waste of time to be honest. I added some pictures.
  • May 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    This is a big arid national park so expect some dust, if you like 4x4 trails this is the right place, there's some caves to explore and walking trails, theres also a restaurant in the area, bring plenty of water
  • March 13, 2017
    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.
  • April 26, 2017
    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!

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