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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 young children, Activities for older children
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There are a couple of very interesting caves that are free to see after you have paid the park entrance fee. The beach at Boca Prins is also amazing to see, but you can't swim there (surf is too rough and dangereous). The visitor's center is a nice stop. (It's also where you pay your park entry fee.)

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Saint Clairsville, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Prior to writing this review, I read the last five pages of reviews, and was stunned to see how many people liked and recommended this as a "must see site." Then, I realized that the majority of people with positive experiences went on a guided tour, or on ATV's. We visited in early July (off season and their summer). This... More

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BRADENTON
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were in Aruba on July 2nd. We arrived by cruise line and wanted "to go to the caves". So we hopped in a taxi and headed for Arikok. Once we arrived at the entrance, we were informed that we needed a rental car or 4 x 4 to explore this park. We quickly realized that we were unprepared for... More

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Bay City, Michigan, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was one of the best parts of our trip to Aruba. We rented a 4x4 jeep and STILL didn't feel comfortable making the trek to the natural pool. That part of the terrain was just too rough and we were afraid of something happening to our rental. The rest, however, was incredible. The caves were really cool, but our... More

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Clarksburg, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I had heard you needed a 4X4 to visit the park, but that is not true. There are areas that are restricted to 4 wheel drive vehicles, but the vast majority of the park is open to the normal small rental car. Most of the roads are dirt and rough,but that should not stop you from visiting this unique national... More

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Garner, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a beautiful, peaceful area. So quiet except for the waves crashing below. Breathtaking views from every angle.

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Wound up spending the entire day here exploring and cutting back and forth. Incredible view, incredible coastline.

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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

Gorgeous area, although not too different from other areas off of the tourist beaches. We took the DePalm Land Rover tour and it was so much fun. Be warned its totally off road. But a wonderful experience. The caves are dark and hot, but not terribly large, so easy to navigate. Interesting stop on our vacation, will certainly go back!

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Southwest VA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
41 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

We visited the park on the sunrise tour! It was very peaceful, fom the natural pool, to the black beach. It was very enjoyable. We had a guide at the caves and he was excellent. Took us over to the governors house and we enjoyed a fish pedicure on the way. Don't miss it!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We visited this park on an ABC Tour. This was the last part of the day tour, and they saved the best for life. From the caves (we saw a few bats!), to Hidden Pool (we went off-road to get there!), huge rocks, crashing waves, giant cacti, wild goats, and wind, it is a beautiful place.

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