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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Sta Lucia 4A, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Noord, Aruba
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Took the quad and headed to the Donkey Sanctuary. If you are a Geocacher, too, this place is a must visit for a good cache. Aside from that, the place is great and their cause is even better. Small and large bags of food are available to feed the donkeys for $1/$3 respectively. You are also welcome to bring your... More

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Anaheim, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

By far my favorite thing we did in Aruba! If you are an animal lover this is a must! I will warn it is harrrrrrrd to find (as most things are in Aruba for tourists) but I promise it's worth it! It's volunteer based so it's nice to donate and/or purchase things from them to keep the sanctuary alive. We... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We got very, very lost trying to find the way here. We didn't really ask for directions and just drove around the hillsides stopping at the gate to the national park and finding the rock formations. Just when I'd given up all hope of finding this place we saw the sign. I don't think I could tell anyone how to... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a must visit in Aruba. It is a nice thing what these people are doing. I am a big donkey fan (I love Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh) so I made sure my husband and I came here. I don't know where else you can get up close with donkeys. It was a little difficult for us to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Visited the sanctuary one afternoon during our week stay in Aruba. The donkeys were friendly and loved snacks! We bought the feed on location for a few dollars and had a great time feeding the donkeys. Kids will definitely love the place. If you're brave and unafraid, get off the porch and feed the donkeys. If you're scared, stay on... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The donkeys here love snacks. Make sure you bring some treats for them and they will crowd around the front porch where you can feed them. They survive on donations so think about purchasing something from the gift shop. It's great they rescue the injured donkeys and take care of the old ones. I know there is controversy surrounding spaying... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Kids loved this place. You can feed the donkeys and interact with them. Easy 30 -45 minute stop, close to the Natural Bridge

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Visited the sanctuary as part of a day trip. We were given lots of information of history of their being in the country and I wish the poorly ones well, but they are in the right place and great care

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited the donkey sanctuary 3 times whist in Aruba, so that might say something. Firstly, getting there is not that straight forward but a number of the tours stop here. We hired a car, and the roads are a mix of sealed (Asphalt/Bitumen/Tarman) and hard packed dirt roads. One word of warning, when you come off the sealed road... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My youngest wanted to bring one home with us. It is really cool that you can get right up to them and pet them, if they want you too. They have plenty of pellets to feed them and you can even buy some donkey tee shirts to remember this buy. Not a lot of parking and it is free to... More

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