Our commitment to nature preservation is huge! Nearly 20% of our island is a designated ARUBA NATIONAL PARK and home to a long list of animal species and plant life. The Arikok Park is our national treasure; we protect everything in it and you can too just by visiting.
The Arikok National Park is a great place to spend the entire day enjoying the dramatic landscapes. There is a small entrance fee that goes towards the preservation of the park and the animals who roam freely throughout the 7907 acres.The Visitors’ Center has a modern sustainable design that utilizes solar panels to light the park. The Center also houses an exhibit of Aruba’ endemic animals such as the Aruban whiptail lizard (cododo), Aruban cat eye snake (santanero) and endangered rattle snake (cascabel). The Arikok National Park entrance fee is $ 8.00 per adult (children under 17 free of charge). It is also possible to pay an annual conservation fee of $ 28.00.
Park rangers maintain trails and protect natural resources. They also act as guides, available to take visitors around the park for individualized tours that showcase fascinating flora and fauna and interesting historical sites. Hiking tours are available for groups up to 15 persons at a cost of US $ 25.00 per tour.
The Arikok National Park is home to priceless gems that we know are rare because they are indigenous to our island. The Aruban burrowing owl (Shoco), Aruban rattlesnake, Aruban whiptail lizard, and Aruban parakeet (Prikishi) find our Aruba Park the perfect address to live at together with the native flora and fauna supported by the protected unusual land formations made from lava, quartz diorite and limestone.
Moving around through the Aruba Park is quite easy by car and also a great place to go hiking or horseback riding, you won’t be alone as thereare also herds of goats and donkeys, families of rabbits, birds and all kids of reptiles enjoying the park. Expect to see more than just breathtaking views and dramatic backdrops, the park also protects bat caves with authentic Arawak Indian drawings for you to decipher.
The Guadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba caves are located in the Aruba National Park and don’t worry, the bats are nocturnal and completely harmless. Arikok is more than just a park, it’s a beach!
Diamari Beach, Dos Playa and Boca Prins are popular beaches to enjoy, the water can be rough and currents strong, so swimming is not recommended. But if you want to cool off, Aruba’s hidden treasure is the Natural Pool, perfect for taking a dip!