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Things to do in Santa Cruz

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Don't miss the park. Be sure to book a private tour or go on your own with a jeep. Hiking is possible too. Make sure you go early in the morning. Ask in the Visitor's Centre for advice and nice trails”
  • 38 locals recommend
National Park
“You can go sightseeing in this park by car (recommend to go with a SUV or Jeep!)”
  • 34 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“This is a hidden Gem! It's not easy to reach and there is almost no cellphone connection this far of the island! It is recommended to visit with a tour. On the island there are many kind of tours. You have UTV tours or Jeep Tours. They even offer horse back riding to this location!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Towering stone boulders, placed in such close proximity and in unusual designs, combined with the tranquil environment of Ayo, creates an understanding of why the area was once considered a sacred site by the island's original inhabitants (the Arawak Indians).”
  • 14 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“The Natural Pool, also known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga", is a natural pool of water located in a very remote area in east Aruba. It is formed by rock and volcanic stone circles. The rugged terrain surrounding the pool makes it accessible only by four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicles, horseback, or on foot. There is a hiking trail leading from the park entrance.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Route
“Because it has a natural pool. It is located on the north side of the island where the nature rocks surround the ocean.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you like to see the waves crashing into the cliffs, then this is the beach for you. This quiet and beautiful strip of beach is flanked on both sides by rock formations and is well-known for its large waves reaching up to 2 to 3 times your height. Reaching Andicuri Beach can be quite adventurous as it could be difficult to find and is only accessible by 4X4 vehicle, but the impressive scenery makes it worthwhile. The beach is located near the Natural Bridge. When you leave the Natural Bridge back to the paved road, take the first road left and then the first road right. After passing the Ayo Rock Formations turn left to Andicuri. Once you found Andicuri Beach it is a great place to rest and cool down. Swimming Conditions Not recommended for swimming due to huge waves and strong currents. Better suited for surfing. Beach facts White powder sand. Accessible by car, walking ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Local famous pizzeria, must try burgerpizza and chickenwings or snackplatter”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
“bakery and lunchroom in Santa Cruz. Good Coffee and delicious breakfast and cakes”
  • 9 locals recommend
Establishment
“Maybe you would like to adopt a donkey while on Aruba? Animals sometimes a hard time on Aruba due to the weather. Fortunately Aruba has a lot of organizations who care about the animals and will do almost anything to help them. They need you support so your very welcome to visit.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“On the North/East coast, midway down the island, sits the abandoned gold mill that once processed ore from mines in the nearby hills during Aruba's gold rush . Remnants of a once-thriving 19th-century gold mill, accessible by foot with expansive sea views.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Wonderful place to visit. Bring carrots for the donkeys. Nice souvenirs for sale. Just visit, or help, by adopting one of the lovely donkeys.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Off the beaten track. If you go early in the morning you have a good chance of being completely alone to truly enjoy nature. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Fontein Cave is a small cave near Boca Prins on the northern part of the island. It is well known for its native Arawak drawings.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you are sportive, park your car and walk during 40 minutes to the natural pool”
  • 4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend

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“Local famous pizzeria, must try burgerpizza and chickenwings or snackplatter”
  • 13 locals recommend
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  • 1 local recommends
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