Arikok National Park

Arikok National Park, Santa Cruz: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Arikok National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Arikok National Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
This beautiful National Park in Aruba comprises almost 20% of the island. Enjoy gorgeous vistas of Aruba’s rugged terrain, desert-like hills filled with tall cacti, a breathtaking coastline and protected local flora and fauna. The National Park takes you on a memorable journey of the islands past offering unique geological, cultural and historical sites. These can all be enjoyed and explored either on your own or during guided tours. Visiting the Natural Pool? A 4x4 vehicle is recommended for your trip. A wide variety of educational and informative programs and fun activities is available. You are warmly invited to the National Park and enjoy Aruba’s natural beauty at its best. Explore the parks Highlights.
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Marco van der Roest
North Holland Province, The Netherlands116 contributions
Go with a 4x4
Sep 2021
We drove around with a normal car but even on the paved part the potholes were often just too deep and the bottom of your car touches the road. Nice to see but a 4x4 is definitely recommended because one miss and you are stuck and then you can wait or walk for a very long time. Not many animals or insects to see but the coast and caves are beautiful.
Written September 15, 2021
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Stephanie
New York City, NY15 contributions
Concho natural pool
Sep 2021 • Family
Rented a Jeep Wrangler during our visit to Aruba. Decided to visit the Natural pool(Conchi) at Arikok National Park. Our GPS took us to the wrong entrance, you have to navigate to the Main office to purchase tickets which were 11 U.S. Dolors (not bad). The drive to the natural pool was extremely unsafe and unpleasant. The “roads” were full of huge rocks and ditches. The signs are almost non-existent. The map provided by the park is not very clear as there are multiple winding paths, hard to tell where hiking and vehicle paths are.

Nothing is paved, nor is there just a gravel road. There are not enough signs that tell people where to go, especially when leaving the natural pool sight. We accidentally ended up on a hiking trail and our vehicle was unable to go back up to the main road.

Overall nightmare, recommend a tour guide.
Written September 3, 2021
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Kadvia85
Foxborough, MA60 contributions
SO COOL! Check it out!
Jul 2021
Really Cool! I would recommend!
Hikers - WEAR SNEAKERS, SUN PROTECTION WATER.
We started at the Visitors Center, & paid a few dollars for access. We had a little rent a car and it was fine! We went to the tidal pool (they told us where to park our vehicle and we used our GPS on our phones to walk there.) It is incredible cool. The contrast between the blue ocean water & the terrain (which I cant even describe) was cool.

We then drove all around the park in the little rental and it was fine. We visited the tidal pool & the caves. We had the map they gave us and it was pretty simple to navigate.

I would def go back and explore this place again. I'm sure we didn't see even 1/2 of it!

I will say, it was tough terrain, hot and windy. I may not recommend for young kids or anyone with mobility issues.
Written August 4, 2021
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Laura E
Pittsburgh, PA13 contributions
Are we still on Earth?
Jun 2021
The terrain in the Arikok is so strange - Aruba is a desert, but Arikok features volcanic caves with bats, weird cacti and scrubs, flatlands that look like Star Wars, and all kinds of geological wonders. The main road is fine for a compact car, but if you want to go on the gravel roads you MUST have a 4x4 or Jeep with a higher carriage. We had to turn around on our way to Dos Playas - it was just too rocky for our little rental car.

The Visitors Center has a nice history of the area, as well as the geological background of Aruba. They have a little cafe and bathrooms as well. In the park there are port-a-potties and they leave big Igloo containers of ice water in shady spots for you to re-fill water bottles.

You can also get very close to the windmills on the far side - they're fun to see!
Written June 25, 2021
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Devie A
9 contributions
Breathtakingly beautiful!
Jun 2021
We loved seeing the breathtaking views of the ocean!! We also enjoyed seeing inside a couple of caves, "God's eyes." Finally, we enjoyed having a natural pedicure by the little fish that felt so amazing!!
Written June 7, 2021
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TravelingFam
Omaha, NE600 contributions
No UTVs or Open Jeeps allowed
Jun 2021 • Couples
We rented a UTV for the day to hit the north side and Arikok park. The entrance was difficult to find but follow the signs as best you can and keep going straight.
Last year they stopped allowing not just UTV tours but any UTVs, ATV, or open Jeeps in the park. So if you plan to go, book a tour with a company or rent a closed vehicle. If you want to hit the 4x4 roads you will need a jeep. We planned to spend 2-3 hours here and then Baby Beach.
Written June 6, 2021
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Sarah Mayner
87 contributions
Worth the trip
May 2021
We rented a jeep to drive around Aruba and visit the national park. Be careful to go to the visitor center to buy a ticket and enter the park (Google maps took us to a trail head at an abandoned garage). The visitor center has really interesting information about Aruba's climate and wildlife. The beach and the caves were beautiful. I would recommend building in some extra time to see Baby Beach once you leave the park.
Written June 4, 2021
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MontpelierHeidi
Montpelier, VT194 contributions
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Apr 2021
Such a beautiful, unique place - a must visit while you're in Aruba! We rented a Jeep, but I think the tours would be great as well. We hit the Natural Pool (slightly harrowing 4x4 drive, but worth it), the coastline, the caves - all so unique and beautiful!
Written April 29, 2021
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Kailee B
34 contributions
Informative Jeep ride and beautiful animals
Apr 2021 • Couples
We went on a private tour of this natural park and it was absolutely beautiful. There was so much to do there, such as the natural pool and Indian caves. It was a rough ride, since it was off-road, but the driver did very well and it was worth it. Our guide was very informative and helped us a lot. 10/10 was the best part of our trip.
Written April 28, 2021
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Susan S
Mountain View, MO7 contributions
Natural Pool
Apr 2021
The natural pool is beautiful, I would go back again. I seen lots of fish, jumped off the rocks. I would recommend ABC tours, lots of fun!
Written April 13, 2021
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