Arikok National Park
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Aruban rattlesnakes, parakeets and whiptail lizards make their home in the Arikok National Park, as do numerous iguanas, goats, donkeys and migratory birds. So if you don't like animals, stay clear of Aruba's southeastern quadrant, which is dominated by this ecological preserve and extremely popular tourist stop.
Many who visit Arikok make a day of observing the area's wildlife, exploring the caves, sand dunes and limestone cliffs that populate the area, or examining the Amerindian art and abandoned gold mines that sit within the park's limits. Many choose to drive through the park in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, but you can also get out and hike in some spots. Considering the breadth of land and activity in Arikok, it's best to pick one or two top things to do or perhaps visit the park again on another day.
Admission to Arikok National Park costs $10. Children younger than 17 can enter for free. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visit the park's official website for more information on hours, park rules and fees.