Arid and rugged, Arikok National Wildlife Park is a vast, desolate stretch of desert wilderness, covering much of the east coast (and 20% the island's total area). It's a fascinating contrast to the heavily developed and lushly landscaped west coast. Even the ocean is different over here. Midnight blue, it smashes against the rocky shore with a fury not evident on the west coast.
As you explore the park, you'll notice the peculiar flora: the iconic and bizarrely twisted divi-divi; the kwihi, with its tasty sweet-sour long yellow beans; and the hubada, which has sharp, tough thorns. Spiky aloe plants abound, as do some 70 varieties of cactus. Also keep your eyes peeled for wild donkeys and goats, electric-blue whiptail lizards, and a few dozen species of birds.