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One of Aruba’s main highways, Route 4, runs through the centrally located district of Santa Cruz.
While about half of this district consists of family neighborhoods, grocery stores, and local restaurants, bakeries, and shops, the eastern portion is dominated by Arikok National Park. The park sprawls across roughly 20 percent of the island, with about half of that within the Santa Cruz district. In addition to providing a protected environment for wildlife, several notable geographical sites are located in the park, including the beaches of Dos Playa and Boca Prins, as well as the famous Natural Pool (known locally as Conchi), formed by a barrier of large rocks protecting a pool of water from the rough sea.
Santa Cruz is the birthplace of Gilberto Francois (Betico) Croes, known affectionately as the “father” and liberator of Aruba, and the principal figure behind Aruba’s status aparte from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is a statue of Betico Croes at the central intersection of Santa Cruz, in the Betico Croes Plaza in the town square. On Dia di Betico, held every January 25th (his date of birth), Santa Cruz’s patriotism is on full display with a variety of festive events and activities.
One of the favorite things to do in Santa Cruz for locals and visitors alike is climbing the famous Hooiberg, Hikers take the 550-plus steps to the top to enjoy the rewarding views.
There aren’t any Santa Cruz Resorts, and instead of Santa Cruz hotels you are more likely to find vacation rentals. This is because Santa Cruz Aruba is all about culture and nature!
After having enjoyed a nice bowl of ‘sopi di carni’ (local beef soup) at one of the local Santa Cruz restaurants, do yourself a favor and explore the vast Arikok National Park!
Oranjestad is a unique blend of old and new that lends a distinctive charm to Aruba’s capital.
San Nicolas offers iconic beaches and island charm far removed from the glitz and glam of Palm Beach high-rise resorts.
There is perhaps no district on the island that is a symphonic menagerie of all things Aruba than Noord.
One of the smaller districts on the island is Paradera, home to three of Aruba’s iconic landscapes.
A Perfect Spring Vacation
The following are four reasons why every traveler should escape the cold and enjoy the sun and sand in Aruba this year.