Arikok National Park
Arikok National Park is on Aruba’s east coast – Protected, geologically diverse natural area featuring hiking, historic caves & beach access. The park takes up approximately 20% of Aruba’s total land area and is located at the north-eastern part. You will find Indian drawings, sand dunes and volcanic lava formations. The park is full of the wildest life including, Rattlesnakes, lizards, parakeets and iguanas and donkeys. If you’re not a lover of those animals, then stay clear of the southeastern quadrant. You should dedicate an entire day to exploring the park. The cost is only $11.00 for adults and children 17 and under are free. The fee for admission goes toward the conservation of the park. The park opens from 8 am to 4 pm daily. You may stop at the visitor’s center and speak to a ranger, pick up a map. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, a hat is a must, sunscreen, lots of water!
There are hiking trails and guided tours offered by De Palm Tours which can be booked by the concierge in Marriott Aruba Ocean or Surf Club.
There are so many places to see within the park including Mount Jamanota which is the highest point on the island.
Quadirikiri Cave which is a pair of dome-shapes limestone caves with openings that let in natural light.
Dos Playa is a must if you love unspoiled beaches. It is remotely located and only reached via the national park and is a turtle nesting site!
Daimari Beach is another secluded beach on the north end of Ariokok National Park
Natural Pool, also known as ‘Conchi” it is in a very remote area of the park and was formed by volcanic rock and stone circles. Since the terrain is so rugged it is on accessible by a four-wheel dive al all terrain vehicle, or on foot.