- Andicuri Beach
- Arikok National Park
- Ayo Rock Formations
- Boca Prins
- Bubali Bird Sanctuary
- Casibari Rock Formations
- Daimari Beach
- Dos Playa
- Fishermen's Huts
- Fontein Cave
- Frenchman's Pass
- Guadirikiri Cave
- Natural Bridge
- Natural Pool
- Ostrich farm
- Sand Dunes
- Seroe Arikok
- Seroe Jamanota
- Spanish Lagoon
- The Butterfly Farm
- The Donkey Sanctuary
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Deep sandy cove and black stone beach. It is not recommended for swimming due to huge waves and strong currents, but it is a great surfing spot.
Arikok National Park
National Park Arikok covers about 18% of Aruba's total land area and is located at the north-eastern part. The park contains examples of most of Aruba's flora and fauna and offers a great variety of landscapes from caves with Indian drawings, to sand dunes and beaches, to rough hills of volcanic lava formations and the natural pool, to the highest point in Aruba, as the two tallest hills are located within the National Park Arikok. Most of the roads are accessible by regular cars. There are great hiking trails through the park and guided tours are offered.
Tour operator: De Palm Tours.
Ayo Rock Formations
About 3km away from the Natural Bridge you can visit the Ayo Rock formations. You can stroll through loads of massive boulders of different shapes and sizes shaped by the forces of nature. There are paved paths and steps in between the boulders that allow visitors to walk through and get to the top of the rocks which are in close formation.
Tour operators: Pelican Adventures, De Palm Tours and El Tours
Boca Prins is located along the northeast coast in National Park Arikok and is a quiet beach. It is a popular spot to take beautiful pictures of the white sandy beach, dunes, beach cliffs and rocky shore. A sign warns not to swim because of the strong and constant undertow which can be very dangerous.
Rent a car and visit this beautiful beach at the northeast coast in National Park Arikok.
Bubali Bird Sanctuary
The Bubali Bird Sanctuary is one of the best and most easily accessible places for bird watching on Aruba. Two inter-connected man-made lakes provide a lush sanctuary for more than eighty species of migratory birds including egrets, herons and cormorants, coots, gulls, skimmers, terns, and ducks. On the north side of the Bird Sanctuary is an observation tower that provides an excellent view.
Rent a car and visit one of the best and most easily accessible places for bird watching on Aruba.
Casibari Rock Formations
In the center of the island you will find the Casibari Rock formations. A path leads you to the top of these giant boulders from which you have a great view of Aruba's landscape. On a clear day the entire island and possibly even Venezuela can be seen from the highest point.
Tour operators: Pelican Adventures, De Palm Tours, El Tours, Aruba Motorcycle Tours, Kukoo Kunuku Island Tours and Trikes Aruba.
Daimari Beach and Bay are located on the northern coast of the island and are well-known for horseback riding. It is also one of the oldest Coconut plantations, built in the 1600th century, where the Dutch settlers began cultivating the land.
Dos playa means two beaches and is another beautiful beach to visit. Dos Playa is used for recreational purposes like surfing & body boarding, camping, picnics and photo shootings. It is not recommended to swim because of the strong and constant undertow which can be very dangerous
Hadicurari Beach is also called Fishermen's huts and is an excellent place for Wind Surfing & Kite Surfing. Since 1996 the Aruba Hi-Winds, Wind Surfing Competition, has been held at the Fisherman's Hut. According to the professionals Fishermen's Huts is the best spot on the island for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Tour operator: Aruba Boardsailing Productions
This popular cave is located along the northeast coast in National Park Arikok near Boca Prins. The Fontein Cave is well known for its native Arawak Indian rock paintings which can still be found on the walls and ceilings. The brownish-red paintings were left by Caquetios and graffiti imprinted by European settles.
Tour operator: De Palm Tours.
The Frenchman Pass is a narrow passage near Spanish Lagoon. From the pass you can see the remains of the Balashi Gold Mill. Around 1620 French pirates tried to invade Aruba but they encountered resistance from Indians who were trying to defend the pass. After this confrontation the passage became known as Rooi Frances or Franse Pas (Frenchman Pass in English). This period of the history is not well documented, so it is not sure if it is just a legend or it actually happened.
Tour operators: El Tours and Aruba Motorcycle Tours.
Grapefield can be found on the eastern coast of the island near Seroe Colorada and Boca Grandi. Grapefield is a popular surfing site and the cliffs are perfect for climbing. The unique characteristics of the cliffs are a reminder of Aruba's prehistoric reefs. Grapefield originated its name from the grape trees which used to grow here.
The Guadiriki Cave is known for its two large chambers. The openings in the ceiling provide natural light for this large cave, making it a perfect spot to take pictures. The cave is situated in National Park Arikok and a stair lead up to the main entrance. The cave houses small bats, which are quite harmless.
Tour operators: Pelican Adventures and De Palm Tours.
Hooiberg - which translates to Haystack - is a volcanic formation which rises 540 feet (165 meters) above sea level, and is located at the approximate center of Aruba. Although the Hooiberg seems like the highest point of the island it is in fact the second highest. Climbing the Hooiberg is an adventure that is definitely worth it. There are approximately 587 steps leading you to the top of the hill from which you will have a spectacular view of the island. On clear days you can even see Venezuela to the south.
Rent a car and climb the Hooiberg for a spectacular view of the island.
The Natural Bridge was formed naturally over the centuries by the pounding sea. The Natural Bridge collapsed in September 2005 and was one of the largest of its kind in the world. It spanned more than 100 feet (30 meters) and stood 23 feet (7 meters) above sea level. The Natural Bridge is still a popular landmark as you can still visit the Baby Bridge.
Tour operators: Pelican Adventures, El Tours, Explore Aruba Adventures, Rancho la Ponderosa and De Palm Tours.
The Natural Pool is protected from the rough sea by surrounding rocks and is located in National Park Arikok. This unique formation of rocks creates a peaceful place and is also known as Aruba's hidden pool. The place is excellent for swimming, snorkeling, diving of the rocks or just to relax. It is not recommended to swim in the pool when the waves are to high as it can be dangerous. To get to the natural pool a 4x4 vehicle is needed.
Tour operators: De Palm Tours.
The Aruba Ostrich farm residence over 80 animals and is right on the road to the natural bridge. The informative and interactive tour gives the opportunity to learn all about the Ostrich and Emus.
Tour operators: Rancho la Ponderosa and De Palm Tours.
The surprising massive sand dunes are located near the California Lighthouse at the northeast coast and in National Park Arikok. It is not permitted to drive to the sand dunes, but you are able to explore the dunes on foot.
Tour operators: Pelican Adventures.
Seroe (mountain) Arikok is a viewpoint in National Park Arikok. After entering the Park it is a bumpy ride to the top where you can see Aruba from a different angle.
Rent a car and stop at Seroe Arikok in the National Park for a view of Aruba from a different angle.
The highest point on Aruba is Seroe (mountain) Jamanota which rises 620 feet (189 meters) above sea level. The top is easy accessible by car and gives you a spectacular view of Aruba's north, East, and West sides.
The Spanish settlers used this bay as their main entry point to Aruba in the 15th century. Nowadays Spanish Lagoon is known because it's the only inner bay with such a diverse marine and bird life. It is a great snorkeling, sailing and fishing spot and kayak tours are offered through the lagoon. There is also a fish market providing fresh fish.
Tour operator: The Tranquilo.
The Butterfly Farm
Step into a magical garden teeming with hundreds of tropical butterflies from around the globe. Informative and entertaining guided tours show these fascinating and beautiful creatures as they develop from the egg to the caterpillar to the chrysalis and finally to the butterfly. The butterfly farm is located only minutes away from the high rise hotels, right across from the Westin resort.
The Butterfly Farm is located minutes away from the high-rise hotels, so make sure and visit the Butterfly Farm.
Tour operators: De Palm Tours and Kukoo Kunuku Island Tours.
The Donkey Sanctuary
Donkeys were brought to Aruba by the Spanish settlers and they were used for transportation. After many years, modernization made donkeys unnecessary until they almost didn't exist anymore. A small group of volunteers began a non-profit organization to save the species on Aruba. Currently they are taking care of approximately 90 donkeys. You can visit the donkey sanctuary and if you are lucky you can even get the change to help with feeding and caring for the donkeys.
Tour operator: De Palm Tours and Kukoo Kunuku Island Tours.