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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 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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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My wife loves animals and she loves Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. Due to this reason, she has a strange obsession with donkeys which lead us to the Donkey Sanctuary in Aruba. I do not regret this decision! We rented a small car from our hotel just for this particular reason. Just to visit the donkey sanctuary and navigation wasn't... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This place is great. It's free it's fun and you get to hangout and feed donkey's. What more could you ask for. The donkey sanctuary is all run by donations and takes care off the donkeys on the island and helps rescue and preserve what's left on the island. They are great for doing this and making it fun for... More

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York, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It took us a while to find the Donkey Sanctuary in our hire car, as maps of the area and signage is a little sketchy - but you should persevere! It's free to visit the Sanctuary, as they rely on donations from their visitors and sales from the small gift shop. But there's plenty of chance to speak to the... More

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Kennebunk, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We love animals and always seek out unique animal-oriented attractions when we travel. The donkey sanctuary is a small but well-run operation with obviously dedicated staff. The donkeys themselves are very sweet and surprisingly quiet (no hee-haws!), and happily ate the carrots and apples we brought with us, letting us pet them while they munched. The sanctuary includes a small... More

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New York City, New York
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93 reviews 93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We take all new visitors on an island tour and always make the donkey sanctuary a stop. This last time was our sixth stop. Make sure you stop at the grocery store before heading out and buy lots of carrots. They love them. The faces are so sweet. So happy that they are being cared for so well.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Certainly a well deserving place. They care for so many animals it melts your heart. You have an opportunity to feed them right from your hand. But watch your step. The kids would enjoy this place and animal lovers as well. The facilities are small and they are in need of larger bathrooms to wash hands and snack counter. Looking... More

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

On our last trip to Aruba in Dec. 2013, my wife and I adopted Mocha, one of the donkeys at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. It cost $200 but we were glad to do it. It is a "must see" for anyone visiting Aruba. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and has about 70 donkeys. It is a wonderful escape from... More

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Abington, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

After bumpy roads to get there, what a smooth experience once we arrived at the Donkey Sanctuary. These sweet, sweet animals are obviously in good hands — and loved being fed out our hands, including our 5-yea-old. Returned 2 days later with another bag iof apples. We're hooked!

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Aruba
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

great Aruba donkey project in nice surroundings. great leader plus volunteers keeping it all going. lovely animals.

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Syracuse, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We got so lost trying to find this place it was ridiculous. But when we finally got there, we were so excited. We brought a bag of carrots and within a few minutes the donkeys were surrounding us and they got a little rambunctious so we had to go up on the porch LOL (all in good fun). They operate... More

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