Exploring the island of Aruba
Arikok National Park
The National Park takes up approximately 18 percent of the island, including three primary geological formations, the Aruba lava formation, a quartz diorite formation, and a limestone formation that extends inward from the coast. These formations have directly influenced Aruba's human settlement, as well as its natural wonders.
Aruba is home to several species which only live on the island, including two unique species of snake and two bird species. Rock outcroppings also create micro-climatic conditions to support these unique plant and animal species, as well as settlements. These are located within the Arikok National Park almost exclusively. Inside the park are some of the island's oldest Arawak paintings, and has since drawn attention from the government.
The two snake species are the cascabel (Crotalus durissus uni-color), and the santanero (Leptodeira bakeri), called the (Aruban) Baker's cat-eyed snake. The shoco (Athene cunicu-laria arubensis), known as the Aruban burrowing owl, and the prikichi (Aratinga pertinax arubensis), the Aruban parakeet. Another indigenous species, the kododo blauw (Cnemido- phorus arubensus) is the Aruban whiptail lizard.
First designated as an important national area in the 1980s, Arikok National Park is home to popular hiking trails, covering all kinds of terrain from hills to gold mines, and even plantation ruins.
We recommend Eddy Croes as your guide when visiting the park!
Jeep Tours & Jeep Rentals
Discover Aruba on your own terms by renting a Jeep (open or closed-air)! Take along your complimentary cooler, snorkel set and a map with the Islands hidden spots and must see highlights - which we of course gladly provide for you - and head out for your Aruban adventure along Aruba’s North Shore and Arikok National Park! Please note that Aruba’s renowned natural pool can only be reached by 4x4 vehicle. The price for a one-day Jeep rental is approximately $95. Organized Jeep tours are also offered by Red Sail Sports Aruba. They depart at 7:50 am until 1:20pm and cover most popular island highlights. The price for the tour is for Adults USD $85.00 per person, for children (6-12) USD $50 per child.
Rancho Notorious is specialized in small, personalized tours with friendly, attentive, multi- lingual guides, with your safety and enjoyment in mind.
They have different tours. They all start through the beautiful 'cunucu' area and wend their way to either The Lighthouse (3,5 hours), the Alto Vista Chapel area (2,5 hours), or the Malmok beach stretch (2,5 hours).
Step into the tropical gardens of the Butterfly Farm in Aruba, teeming with butterflies from around the globe and prepare to meet some of the world's most colorful and unusual creatures. Observe the life cycle of these fascinating animals from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
Tour guides at the Butterfly Farm Aruba will entertain you with commentary on the butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. The Butterfly Farm in Aruba is open all year from 9 am to 4.30 p.m. The Butterfly Farm is located in the Palm Beach area across the Aruba Phoenix and the Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino on a short 5-minute drive from Boardwalk Small Hotel.
Carubbian Festival Aruba
The Carubbian Festival is a celebration of Aruban and Caribbean culture that allows you to get a taste of what our famous Aruban Carnival has to offer. It takes place in San Nicolas Thursday nights from 6pm until 10pm.
This weekly street event attracts local with their colorful booths selling Caribbean food, handicrafts, logo souvenirs as well as local entertainers, which truly steal the show. The festival is easily accessible by car. Please visit us at the front desk for directions. More information here.