10 Best Hikes In Aruba: Family Friendly Trails


Although Aruba is best known for its beaches and other fun activities, Aruba also has some easy and family-friendly hikes that allow you to see natural ponds, rock arches, and desert landscapes in Arikok National Park.

Don’t expect anything truly stunning like the scenery you might see in U.S. national parks, but hiking in Aruba can still be a great way to escape the crowds and enjoy the coastline while burning a few calories.

This is our guide to some of the best hikes in Aruba! If you have any other favorites, let us know in the comments at the end of the blog post.

The best hikes in Aruba

1. Conchi natural pool

Conchi Natural Pool is one of the most famous places in Arikok National Park. It’s a beautiful turquoise tidal pool that you can swim in, surrounded by a rock wall that protects you from the crashing waves.

There are several ways to get to the natural pool. Most people take a jeep tour, but you can also get there on foot from the Arikok Visitor Center.

Along the way you can see goats and lizards and other interesting things, and the biggest advantage is that you can swim in the natural pool at the end of the trail.

This is a long and exposed hike that can be very hot. I recommend purchasing your park pass the day before so you can start your hike no later than 6 a.m. Be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen, as well as more water than you think you’ll need.

Distance: 10.5 km (6.5 miles) round trip
Time: 3 to 4 hours

Conchi natural pool

Conchi natural pool

2. Daimari to Conchi Natural Pool

Another way to get to the Conchi Natural Pool is by hiking from Daimari Bay. I like this route better because it’s a little easier and you walk along the coast most of the time.

Along the way, you’ll also pass Boca Keto, a rugged twin beach with a unique rock formation called “Little Aruba” (Miniature Aruba), because from above it looks like a smaller version of the island of Aruba!

You can see it in the image below.

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Boca Keto Beach and the Little Aruba rock formation.

This was our favorite hike in Arikok National Park and we didn’t see a single person the entire time.

Remember to wear a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. This is the most remote part of the island, so you shouldn’t get into any trouble here.

You have to park at the top of the hill in front of Rancho Daimari (map here) as the road is very rutted and has huge potholes.

Distance: 4 km (2.5 miles) round trip
Time: 60 – 90 minutes

Cactus Arikok National Park

An interesting cactus in Arikok National Park. I wouldn’t want to step on it!

3. Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge

There are several rock bridges in Aruba that have been formed over the years by sea erosion. The most popular of these is the natural bridge in Andicuri Bay, which is now visited by many day tours.

However, the best rock bridge in Aruba is actually a little harder to find and isn’t really visited by tours yet. I’m talking about the Seroe Colorado natural bridge, located on the southern corner of the island of Aruba. You can find it here on the map.

The Seroe Colorado Bridge is breathtaking and almost looks like a picture frame for the ocean! You can visit by driving your own vehicle to San Nicolas and then taking a short (but difficult) 10-minute hike down the rocks.

The path to this natural bridge is unmarked and the path is somewhat treacherous, with sharp stones and a steep descent. I would only recommend it to sure-footed people with good shoes, but it’s worth the effort!

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Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge

4. Casibari Rock

The Casibari Rock Formation is a lovely little open space in central Aruba where you can climb to the top of a rock pile and enjoy the scenic views of the island.

There are stairs to the top of the rocks, so it’s doable for all ages, although you still have to work for it. You can reach the summit in just a few minutes. The platform above is fenced for safety reasons, but you should still keep an eye on small children.

From the top of the rocks you have a great view of the island of Aruba and Hooiberg Hill, which is one of the highest points on the island. Don’t expect anything too overwhelming, but it’s still worth a visit!

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The unique looking Casibari rock formation

5. Hooiberg Hill

Hooiberg Hill in central Aruba is the second highest point on the island of Aruba at a height of 165 meters (541 feet). The name “Hooiberg” means haystack in Dutch and comes from the shape of the hill.

Although it may seem intimidating, the climb up Hooiberg is not too difficult and fit hikers can reach the summit in just 20 minutes. There are paved stairs all the way to the top, although there are hundreds of steps!

This is a good workout, so I would avoid doing it in the middle of the day when the temperatures are hottest. You should definitely bring a hat and plenty of water.

From the top you have a breathtaking view of the entire island of Aruba and can see as far as Venezuela in South America. It’s also a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset!

Distance: 1 km (0.6 miles) round trip
Time: ~30 minutes

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Hooiberg Hill is one of the highest points on the island of Aruba

6. Ayo Rocks

The Ayo Rock Formation is another beautiful little hike in Aruba that is suitable for families, children, and travelers of all ages.

These huge boulders are fun to climb, and you can even see native petroglyphs left there long ago by the Arawak people, the island’s first settlers.

The caves and passages between the rocks add even more fun to the experience, but watch out for wasp nests as they are sometimes seen here.

We found this place by accident while driving around Aruba, but it was a lot of fun exploring. Entry and opening hours are free around the clock.

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The Ayo Rock Formation is a fun little family-friendly hike in Aruba

7. Noordkaap hiking trail

This trail begins at the parking lot of Aruba’s famous natural bridge, which is visited by many day tours (map here). The hike takes you to Blackstone Beach, one of the most unique beaches in Aruba.

This remote beach is not suitable for swimming due to the strong current, but is covered with smooth black rocks and an unusual three-pronged natural bridge called the Tripod Bridge.

After reaching Blackstone Beach, I decided to turn back, but if you continue, the path eventually leads to Daimari Beach and Conchi Natural Pool. Overall, it’s one of the best hikes in Aruba if you want to see unusual beaches and sea arches!

Distance: 2.7 km (1.7 miles) round trip
Time: 45 – 60 minutes

Blackstone Beach

Blackstone Beach is one of the most unique beaches in Aruba

Polished rocks Blackstone Beach

Polished rocks at Blackstone Beach

8. Westpunt Trail

This trail takes you along the northwestern tip of the island of Aruba, where you can enjoy seascapes and sand dunes, as well as views of the California Lighthouse.

Westpunt feels surprisingly secluded, even though it’s not far from Arashi Beach and other popular tourist attractions in Aruba. The entire trail is flat and easy, but unmarked, so you can make this hike as long or as short as you like.

If you walk the entire Westpunt trail and then return by road to the California Lighthouse, the total distance is about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles).

However, most people will probably prefer to just walk along the coast for half an hour and then turn back. Definitely a good place to escape the crowds!

9. Dos Playa Trail

Dos Playa is a duo of picturesque beaches in Arikok National Park, but the road is very bumpy, so some people prefer to walk there rather than drive.

The beach is usually free of crowds and is good for photography when large waves hit the rocky shore. Just don’t try to swim here.

The first beach can be reached in about 20 minutes on foot, the second beach in just 10 to 15 minutes.

Distance: 4 km (2.5 miles) round trip
Time: ~1 hour

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Aerial view of the two beaches of Dos Playa

10. Jamanota Hills

Jamanota is the highest point on the island of Aruba at 188 meters (617 feet) above sea level. The name is an Arawak word that loosely translates to “source of great spirits.”

You can drive most of the way to the summit and then park and walk the rest, although I recently heard that there is a fence with a large hole that you have to cross. It’s a fantastic place to watch the sunrise or sunset!

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Thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed this guide to the best hikes on the island of Aruba.

Most of these are fairly simple and family-friendly, so almost anyone can do them with a little preparation.

Don’t forget to check out my other travel blog posts about Aruba before your trip!

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