Go off roading, hike trails, explore caves and swim in a natural pool. The Arikok National Park in Aruba is the perfect place for the nature lover in your group.
As the Jeep clambered down the unpaved “road”, the unforgiving suspension of the vehicle put our backs to the test as we bounced around in our seats feeling every rock and crater in our path.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
I looked over at Laurie as she popped up in her seat and couldn’t help but laugh. She smiled as she shook her head. Not exactly what we signed up for but we were both happy in this moment. We were creating this memory between us that we’d remember forever.
The Arikok National Park was a great way to escape the hotels, pools and other tourists while learning about Aruba. It gave us moments to bond over and memories that will last a lifetime. And in the end, isn’t that what travel is all about?
What to Know Before Going to Arikok National Park
- Bring Food and Water – While there is a little concession area at the park entrance, the menu is limited. Best to bring a snack/lunch and plenty of water with you.
- Park Hours – The park opens at 8am and closes at 4pm. So get there early if you’d like to see everything.
- Rent a Jeep or other 4×4 vehicle – In many parts of the park, especially going to the natural pool, a 4×4 vehicle is necessary. When renting a vehicle tell the rental agent where you plan on going and they’ll let you know whether you need one or not. You can rent Jeep’s or ATVs for the day if that’s all you’re using it for.
- Sunscreen and/or Hat – There aren’t too many shady spots in the park, so be sure to protect yourself from the sun.
- Park Entrance Fee – $11 per Adult
- Take Nothing but Photos, Leave Nothing but Footprints