Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

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Key Info

Bringamosa 2-Z

Price & Hours

Free; donations accepted
9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

Details

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Get ready to be overwhelmed with cute: the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the island's donkeys and educating locals and tourists on their care. Donkeys used to be the main form of transportation on the island; now many of them are sick and injured. The lucky ones receive proper care and shelter in this donkey sanctuary in the Santa Cruz neighborhood in Aruba's northeast side about 8 miles from Eagle Beach.

Recent visitors found the animals to be sweet, docile creatures eager to interact with people – especially if you bring the right treats (apples and carrots). Many visitors praised the mission and enjoyed stopping by. If you're traveling with kids, reviewers said this activity is a must.

The Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There's no admission fee to visit, but you're encouraged to make a donation to the organization's effort to save the Aruban donkey. Tours of the facilities are available and there's a gift shop with proceeds go toward fundraising. Check with the sanctuary's official website before planning your visit.

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Known as "Low-Rise area" for its low-to-the-ground hotels and timeshares, northwestern Eagle Beach is one of the island's top shores by default – you're probably staying nearby. Convenience aside, Eagle Beach truly is one of the best places to spend a day in Aruba. 

Recent visitors called the beach magnificent with gorgeous white sand and the bluest water. They do warn of high winds, however, so plan to wear a hat to protect from any flying sand.

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