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Arikok National Park, Santa Cruz

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You can't help but notice waves crashing dramatically into ocean cliffs as you navigate around Arikok National Park. Try touring the park with an all-terrain vehicle or via a Jeep tour to be able to reach some of the more remote places, such as the park caves. The caves feature stalagmites, stalactites, and ancient cave paintings. Take the opportunity to hike in the park while observing the native lizards and wild goats. Bring plenty of water, as the heat is intense. You'll find a restaurant along the way, as well as a beach, but be careful as the waters can get quite rough. To visit Arikok National Park and other attractions in Santa Cruz, use our Santa Cruz day trip planning site.
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  • Take a ranger-led tour! We booked ahead and had a fascinating hike with a park ranger, Gregory. He was very knowledgeable about the area flora and fauna as well as the terrain and geology and we... 
    Take a ranger-led tour! We booked ahead and had a fascinating hike with a park ranger, Gregory. He was very knowledgeable about the area flora and fauna as well as the terrain and geology and we...  more »
  • We explored the parts of the park where you need a 4x4 vehicle and it was INSANE! The route to the Natural Pools (Conchi) was completely crazy. However, so glad we did it and got to swim in the... 
    We explored the parts of the park where you need a 4x4 vehicle and it was INSANE! The route to the Natural Pools (Conchi) was completely crazy. However, so glad we did it and got to swim in the...  more »
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  • Do yourself a favor- rent a 4x4 and spend a few hours going through every bit of this park. It’ll be worth it, I promise! It’s beautiful and there’s a lot to see. And if you’re like me, you’ll want to get out the car to see them all so make sure you have enough time to do so. There are sand dunes, cliffs, tide pools, beaches, caves; you name it. My whole family had a blast just exploring and we’d do it all again.
  • This was truly an amazing experience. The caves were really cool, you have to see the beaches and the mountains. You definitely need a vehicle that has 4 wheel drive and high clearance. The hiking can be tough but a must see. The employees were really friendly and helpful. We learned so much from Robert about the park and also the whole island. He made the experience so well worth it. Thank you!!

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