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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
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Type: Parks
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We loved everything about this park. We started off at the Natural Pool which was a highlight of our trip. We had a rental so we were able to explore the park on our own. The Boca Prins restaurant was pretty good and the bats in the Quadiriki Cave were unforgettable!

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Junction
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Plan on spending a day at the park. There are a couple of small caves to go to and spend a few minutes at. There small beach between the cliffs is great. DO NOT SWIM in this area...you will die. There is a small cafe near the beach, in the park, that we stopped at to get a mixed drink.... More

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Delaware
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Spend a whole day here exploring in a rented jeep and you won't be sorry. There are countless breathtaking views, the caves are really neat to see, the natural pool was neat to see and the off roading was a lot of fun if you have at least some experience driving off road. After the park, you exit towards baby... More

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Central Florida, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I didn't think I wanted to go here. It's mostly desert, like the whole island. Wouldn't you know, it rained the morning we went. Lots of revived greenery. Grown sons went on guided hike. Really enjoyed. Got to see cactuse with tree-like trunks, very old. Medicinal plants were explained. Unusual & unexplained rock formations. Archeologically significant "cave-like" drawings on rocks... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Couldn't get a jeep as they were all sold out. But the wife and I didn't let that stop us. We had a very small rental and went all over the park (except of course for Natural Pool). Saw lots of goats and beautiful scenery. Caves were fun, too. Would highly recommend spending a day of your Aruba vacation in... More

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Selden, New York
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36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We did a day trip here from the high rise section. It took about 45 minutes to get there. We had a small rented car and although the road was gravel, if you go slow you'll be fine. There are drainage troughs all along the road and you must go slow even if you had a 4 x 4. This... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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