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Arikok National Park

San Fuego 71, Santa Cruz, Aruba
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We went here when we had the jeep rented and because of that the trip was so much better. theres a whole section of just 4x4 terrain in order to get to a hidden gem called the Natural Pool. after that we toured around the normal trails (ranged from dirt, to rocks to sorta concrete runways to fully paved) and... More

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We rented a jeep and drove out to Arikok. This is recommended as while there is a paved road through the central part of the park, tour buses use this road, there are many dirt roads through out the park which are interesting. Stop at the visitor center for a map and advice on what to visit. It can be... More

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Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Arikok National Park is a must see in Aruba. We rented a Hyundai Tucson which is a mid sized truck and were able to explore the park on different days. There is a lot to see from the Natural Pool, to the Fontein Cave, the Quadirkiri cave, to the mine ruins. One day we hiked with a guide through a... More

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

We visited Arikok National park as part of an organised tour, so didn't get to spend too much time here. The park was nice, but a 4x4(SUV) is a must as the roads are all dirt and rock. The park is nice, with a great little visitors centre. All of the natural wonders in the park are well signposted and... More

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Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is the best place to start and discover the Arubian wildernes. The paths are well indicated and you can see a lot of diverse plants and Lizzards. We have seen the Toteki(lizzard) with its throath blown up in intense orange warning colour, Trupiaal birds and the Warawara (the sea eagle). I didn't know there was a difference between the... More

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Naperville
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Arikok National Park is quite a change from the Vegas-style resorts along Palm Beach. It's extremely arid, (somehow) even windier than the resort area, and is filled with cacti and scrub brush (and goats!). We took a small car through the park, even though most of the reviews recommend a 4x4. The 4x4 is not really necessary, although you will... More

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houston
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37 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This park is very dry and hot. There are trails, but I would not recommend them as there is no shade and is brutally hot on this corner of the island. Not much to see other than some caves, ruins and were the original bridge used to be.

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Curacao
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Must...you have to visit this nice, educational and beautiful park. A must do for nature lovers. Also not borring at all for young children. You can sit in you car and enjoy nature: beaches, caves, dunes ect.

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Sewanee, Tennessee
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128 reviews 128 reviews
33 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We loved our tour of the park. It's features, both natural and man-made are like nothing else on earth, except maybe places in Arizona. But Arizona does not have the dramatic, gorgeous ocean crashing against dramatic rock cliffs! I would rate it higher, but it is HOT, dusty and alot of the same. Not much variety, but I cannot imagine... More

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Florence, Italy
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Most of the park can be visited by car, only if you want to go to the Natural Pool you will need a proper 4x4. The caves are definitively worth a visit, and don't worry the bats will not bother you. As we visited with our son (7y) we did not go hiking, but I think that it would be... More

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