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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Sta Lucia 4A, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from the safety of our enclosed porch. They especially love apples and carrots, so... more » Owner description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from the safety of our enclosed porch. They especially love apples and carrots, so feel free to bring some along. There is no admission fee, though your generous donations are greatly appreciated and are what continue to allow us the ability to care for our donkey family, which has approximately 130+ members at the moment. Our volunteers will be more than happy to show you around and answer your questions. And if you get there early enough, you can even help with the daily chores of feeding and caring for the donkeys, a great and educational experience for children! If you’d rather just observe, then you’re welcome to grab a seat on our covered porch, sit back with some coffee or a cold beverage and snack from our concession stand, or take a look inside our gift shop. Whatever you decide, we look forward to seeing you there! « less
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We go to Aruba every year, and without question, My wife says We must go visit the Donks. Would not miss it, I think this year is the first year we didn't get lost, only to find out from Desiree that they are moving to Bringamosa. Always take carrots and apples to feed the donkey's, they love it. Can't wait... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The volunteers at the sanctuary are so friendly and welcoming! The donkeys are amazing and just want to be loved. They have a great place to be safe and they are working hard to get them even more land to be even happier. Keep up the fantastic work you are doing. Please visit this place....so worth it!

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Rochester, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We have been going to Aruba for over 10 years. One of our favorite stops is the Donkey Sanctuary. Desiree and her many volunteers provide a safe and happy home for the donkeys. They rescue them from the reality of the growth of the Island which includes more cars, traffic and congestion. My husband and I love climbing onto the... More

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Baltimore, MD
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We just returned from Aruba and the highlight was the Donkey Sanctuary. Our two children (12 and 14) demanded a return visit before we came home. It's really a great place that does good work. Both times we took apples and carrots and the kids had a great time feeding the donkeys from the fenced porch. They were very gentle... More

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Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

While in Aruba we visited the Donkey Sanctuary. Right away we fell in love with the donkey's. We adopted 7Up after seeing how well they are cared for and what a great cause this is. Desiree was wonderful as was her helper. She sat with us and told us about the donkey's and about the work they are doing to... More

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Poolesville, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We have visited the Donkey Sanctuary for the last 3 years. We left our map at the hotel and one wrong turn gave us a tour of the back roads of Aruba. Carina was very friendly and gave us updates on the sanctuary. If you like animals like us its a must visit. Bring apples and carrots and the donkeys... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

They will soon move to a new location, hot dry dusty, but worthwhile. They take care of injured or abused donkey's and have a small gift shop. Was nice to feed them. Also donations support the facility. Dan and Lori

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Bradenton, FL
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Had a nice visit here, taking a big bag of apples and baby carrots for the guys and gals. Relatively easy to find and a quick drive from the high-rise area, partly on dirt road. You enter through an open area where you can mingle with the donkeys but you feed them from a raised, fenced area, otherwise you'd be... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Went here for a short visit on the way to Arikok. It's not the easiest place to find and the dirt road there is in poor condition (but can be done with a car if drive slowly and carefully). Finding the actual entrance to the sanctuary was a bit tricky but at the end of the road you'll see a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My daughter and I try to find a new attraction on Aruba every year and this trip it was the Donkey Sanctuary. We heard that most of the pack donkeys that used to roam the island were herded and brought here for care. This gave us a chance to get close to an animal we rarely see at home. Quite... More

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