Arikok National Wildlife Park
Arid and rugged, Arikok National Wildlife Park comprises 20% of Aruba and is the top nonbeach natural attraction. The park has an impressive Visitors Center at the entrance. Here you’ll find displays on the park and its natural features. The principal road is about 11km long and links the west entrance with the southern one near San Nicolas, allowing a circular tour.
A small town near the island’s ill-placed oil refinery, San Nicolas preserves Aruba’s former rough-and-ready character long since banished from Oranjestad. Baby Beach is a nice curve of sand, with gentle waters. Charlie’s Bar is the big draw here. Started in 1941, it is still run by the same family and is a community institution.