ORANJESTAD (July 14, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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Culinary Master Series at La Vista

Two chefs, are preparing an author’s cuisine during two nights at La Vista restaurant at the Marriott resort.

This food event will be hosted by the sous chef (Taka Kondo) at the 3 Michelin star restaurant in Italy named, Osteria Francescana, owned by Massimo Bottura, who is an Italian restaurateur.

Osteria Francescana was named the number 1 restaurant in the world in 2018.

Chef Taka Kondo will be accompanied by his wife, Chef Karime Lopez.

Chef Karime López is head chef at Gucci Osteria in Italy, also owned by Massimo Bottura.

The culinary event will be a five course dinner and wine pairing.

It will take place August 9 – 10, 2019 at Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Events starts at 7:00 PM.

Price is $189 per person.

For questions and reservations visit the Marriott Resort front desk.




The Future of Port City in Aruba

The harbor in Oranjestad will soon be transformed into a vibrant living and commercial area named Port City.

Port City will become an integrated part of the downtown area, and the island as a whole. The city will host a diversity of businesses, convention center, restaurants, boardwalks, boutique resorts, affordable houses for locals, public spaces and a large recreational park.

The project is going to be built on approximately 50 acres of land, and has an investment value of $500.000

Bushiri beach, which is next to the harbor will be renovated and made accessible for locals and visitors.

The project is still in the planning stage and the date for construction is not yet known.


Olde Molen Night Club Plans on Revamping as a Local Boutique Hotel

Owners of the popular Olde Molen nightclub in Aruba announced their plans to transform the club into a new boutique hotel.

The Olde Molen has a popular landmark, which is an Old Dutch Windmill that was shipped to the island from the Netherlands in the 1960’s. This windmill is one of the most historic spots on the island, and reminds us of the Dutch influences in Aruba.

Since 1962, this old windmill has hosted several establishments, including restaurants and bars.

Now it will possibly be turned into a locally owned boutique hotel. The Olde Molen is located on Eagle beach, close to RIU resort. According to the owners, the boutique hotel will have traditional characteristics of buildings in Aruba, to give the hotel a local touch.

Here’s a sketch of the future boutique hotel.

The view of new Olde Molen Boutique Hotel.

According to the owners, it’s going to be named The Olde Molen Boutique Hotel.

The hotel will have 100 rooms, and will have the old Dutch windmill in the center. It will include a pool, kiosk with different shops, parking spaces. And the night club as it is known today, will be a memory.

The boutique hotel is only in the planning stage at the moment, no exact date was mentioned yet for start of construction.




5th Year Southwest Anniversary 

Southwest Airlines celebrate their 5 year anniversary providing roundtrip service to Aruba.

The airline company made its first commercial flight from Baltimore (BWI, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) to Aruba on July 1, 2014.

One year later, on March 7, 2015 Southwest Airlines sets another historic mark as they launched their first flight from Houston to Aruba.

You can fly out of Houston to Aruba once a week, on Saturday. It’s also possible to fly to Aruba with Southwest daily from Baltimore and Orlando (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport).

A total of 85.000 passengers used the point to point flight service in 2018 by Southwest. Up to today in 2019, the airline already transporter up to 40.000 passengers, with an uprising trend that promises to break last year’s numbers.

Cruise Ship Hosting Cirque du Soleil Visits Aruba

An unique cruise ship will dock in Aruba on November 2019.

It’s the MSC Meraviglia.

What makes this cruise ship special?

They have a unique partnership with Cirque du Soleil, taking entertainment at the sea to a new level.

Visitors have the opportunity to see two original shows by Cirque du Soleil and enjoy a culinary experience.

Cirque du Soleil will have 2 different shows, Viago and Sonor. Each show has its unique concept, ambiance, story line, costumes and make up.

It’s the perfect dinner and a show in Aruba.

MSC Meraviglia will dock November 6, 2019 on the island.


Aruba Summer Music Festival

Aruba is hosting an additional Summer Music Festival in August 2019.

After Silvestre Dagond, Ala Jaza, Jeon and Manuel Turizo performed in the first leg of the festival, now it’s time for Farukko to put his show!

The best local bands like N’Fuzion, D’Licious and guest band from Curacao, Gentz are on the line up as opening acts.

Promoters estimate 5000 visitors to attend, and also the locals festival goers. It’s going to be one of those must attend festivals in the Caribbean.

Summer music festival will be at the Harbour Arena, in Oranjestad on August 17, 2019.

Tickets are available at Sandra’s Garden at Surfside beach. General entrance $38 – VIP $78 – Diamond $115.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the first band starts at 8:00 PM

Local food trucks are also going to be on site with delicious street cuisine from different nationalities only found in Aruba.

Visit the island and experience how amazing festivals are in Aruba.





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ORANJESTAD (July 7, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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Aruba Ariba Celebrates 56 Years Anniversary

If you’ve been to Aruba before, you’d agree with me that Aruba Ariba is the signature drink on the One Happy Island.

Not familiar with Aruba Ariba?

Created on July 1, 1963 during a mixology contest at the Bali Bar, inside the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, now known as Hilton – it’s a must taste!

The cocktail was made by a local bartender, Juan Kock, at the Bali Bar.

Every year on July 1, the island celebrates this famous drink. And this year marks the 56th year anniversary since this cocktail was made up, on a piece of paper.

Juan Kock, now a taxi driver, still has the paper with the recipe for one of the most famous drinks in the Caribbean region.

Originally dubbed as, Ariba Aruba, the recipe has 9 ingredients – white rum and vodka, creme de banana, grand marnier, fruit punch, grenadine syrup with juice: lemon, pineapple and orange.

Not to forget, a cherry and orange on top to give the drink a beautiful appeal.

Aruba Ariba looks beautiful and taste delicious, and the rum really hits!

Visit the One Happy Island and try the iconic Aruba Ariba.




The New “Happy Community Initiative” in Aruba

Visitors can now contribute to good causes in Aruba after a new partnership was announced this week between local community organizations and tourism authorities.

The new program called, Happy Community Initiative, is geared toward supporting the youths in Aruba.

All the funds that are collected will be used to support local organizations to help youths with after school programs, homework assistance and mentorship activities.

Anyone can donate by using the new digital “donation kiosk” available at many timeshare resorts on the island. You can also ask for other possibilities to donate at your resorts front desk.

Happy Community is an initiative by CEDE Aruba & Aruba Timeshare Association. CEDE Aruba is a foundation that supports non profit organization in Aruba since 1986.

With just one act of kindness, your contribution can do good for youths in Aruba.

The New Public Bus & Paid Parking in Aruba

A total of 15 new public buses are on the way to Aruba from Brazil.

All with a bright yellow paint job that is visible at night, including the Aruba logo on the sides.

The first six buses are scheduled to reach Aruba end of July and the other buses in August 2019.

By the end of 2019, Arubus should have a float of 30 new buses.

All new buses have air conditioning, free wifi, charging stations and wheelchair accessibility.

Paid Parking in Aruba
Parking in Aruba was always free, but it all changed in 2016 when paid parking was introduced in the downtown area.

However, in 2017 paid parking became a suggestion, not a must. And the yellow car wheel clamp was removed. But parking in permit spots (marked with yellow lines) is still not allowed, and your car will be towed.

Aruparking plans to introduce new rules: parking close to the downtown area will have a price. And free parking will be allowed, but further away from the main-street.

In total there will be 555 free parking spots, 496 permit spots, and 584 paid parking spots.

The payment system at the parking meter will also be expanded by adding debit and credit cards.

Official date for new changes will be announced at a later date.


New Culinary Experience in The Downtown Area

A new style of dining and hanging out was introduced this week at this local spot called, Jimmy’s Kitchen, in the downtown area.

The food concept is all about easy way of eating.

Finger foods on sticks!

A wooden board made by an Aruban artists is used to serve the food. Six food sticks are fixed upright on the board, which makes them easy to grab and eat.

The boards are made from recycled trees like the watapana and kwihi into pieces of art on their own.

You can choose between 60 different snacks on the menu, including meat, fish, vegan, vegetarian and desserts. Each food stick ranges from $2.50 and $4.50 per stick.

The new spot is part of a cool lounge called District 7, known for DJ’s and groovy tracks. You can even enjoy the new stick snacks during club hours, which is until 4:00 AM.

Jimmy’s Kitchen is located in the downtown area. Close to the public square, Plaza Nicky Habibe (Address: Windstraat 32)

Opened 6 days a week (closed on Mondays), from 6:00 PM until 4:00 AM.


The First Sport Hotel in Aruba

The Aruba Racquet Club, one of the islands premier tennis facilities will renovate into one of the first sport hotels in Aruba.

The new resort will be named “Daher Sport Hotel”.

Daher Sport Hotel will have a private clubhouse, restaurant, a bar, gym, tennis court and pool. Guests can also enjoy first class spa & salon services, free tennis clinics, and different sport packages.

The sport hotel will have different accommodation types: studio’s, one bedrooms, and two bedroom units.

Located close to Hadicurari Beach & Malmok, the hotel is close to the hotspots in Palm Beach, including restaurants, bars and malls.

More information on the new resort will be released soon.

Constructions start August 2019.




Protecting Our Shoco’s in Aruba

Owls are beautiful and mysterious!

You might have seen one on your trip if you go to the national park in Aruba, or drive along the north coast of the island.

Unfortunately, one quarter of the world’s owl species are considered endangered. The owl population in Aruba is also considered vulnerable.

But a change is happening, thanks to Aruba Birdlife Conservation.

The organization partnered with National Park Arikok and global owl project to help promote the conservation of Aruban owls.

One of their projects is using artificial owl nests to stimulate the owls to produce more baby owls. Together they already installed 30 nests around the island. The goal is to reach 500 nests.

We can also help when it comes to conserving the islands owls by not driving on the beach or sand dunes. And be careful when driving on the north side of the island, which has habitats belonging to lizards, iguanas, crabs, owls, and other small animals, even indigenous plants.

Aruba’s owl population will continue to thrive day by day, as the project advances.




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ORANJESTAD (June 30, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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The New Secret Hotel in Aruba

One of the most anticipated resorts in Aruba is finally becoming a reality.

It’s the new resort in San Nicolas, named Secrets.

The developers, Three Rivers Real Estate, met with the Government and San Nicolas Business Association this week. They presented the hotel designs, and completed their performance bond by the Central Bank of Aruba for 13 million dollars.

Finally Developments in San Nicolas

There’s a moratorium which prohibits the construction of new resorts, condominiums and apartments on the north side of the island. But compared to the north side of the island, San Nicolas has less tourism or industrial development.

San Nicolas is one of the only areas that is approved by law for new developments regarding tourism or industry.

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The resort will not be built on Baby beach, but at Seroe Colorado, close to the cliffs overlooking Baby beach.

According to stakeholders, groundbreaking construction will start late 2019. And the resort will be completed within 2 years.

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Layout of the future Baby beach resort in Seroe Colorado

Three Rivers Real Estate partnered with Apple Vacations for Secret resort worth 220 million dollars in Aruba.

There’s also an area signaled near the ruins at Nanki Beach, between Baby & Rodgers beach for future developments.

According to Tourism Minister, a 40 room boutique hotel could be established here in the future.

The construction of the resort will cause a spin off effect that will benefit the economy of San Nicolas.

This includes the new opportunities for local investors to start car rentals, tours, water sports, restaurants, malls and more establishments that are non existent at the moment on this side of the island.




New Rules When Renting UTV & ATV in Aruba

New laws will be enforced to prevent violations against drivers who ride reckless with all terrain vehicles (ATV) and utility task vehicles (UTV).

UTV & ATV will be equipped with GPS to track drivers, in order to make sure they stay on safe trails while discovering the island.

New safe trails will be created, and unguided tours will most likely be eliminated.

Are you renting ATV or UTV?

It’s not allowed to drive on the beach, sand dunes, and terrain on the north side of the island which has habitats belonging to lizards, iguanas, crabs, owls, and other small animals, even indigenous plants.

According to the government, new changes will be applied soon.


New Flag Warning System Swimming in Aruba

The department of calamity prevention will soon introduce a flag warning system to notify beach-goers of potential water hazards, after recently noticing visitors in the ocean at beaches that are not suitable for swimming.

According to the director of the department, visitors are not well aware of the dangers when swimming, especially during the hurricane season (between June & November).

During the hurricane season, the winds in Aruba tend to pick up and create strong currents, undertows and big waves. This can be dangerous, if you are not a good swimmer.

Lifeguards are non existent on the island, so swimming is at your own risk.

The flag warning system is not official yet. More information will be released at a later date.

New Book Archaeology in Aruba

Aruba is known for palm trees and white sandy beaches, but on the other side of the island you’ll find the countryside.

This part of the island is dessert like and home to caves previously inhabited by Indians.

Inside the caves you’ll find brownish-red color drawings on the stone walls made by Indians who lived on the island almost 4000 years ago.

drawings inside the caves in Aruba

Two decades ago, an archaeologist and a writer started an inventory of all the drawings inside the caves and added them all into a catalog.

The new catalog named “The Archaeology of Aruba: The Pictographs & Petroglyphs” is more than a colorful coffee table centerpiece.

It’s a hardcover book with over 400 pages of Indian rock paintings around the island, and explains where to find them.

You can purchase this catalog at the archaeological museum in Aruba as of July 5, 2019 for only $52.

Where can you go to see these Indian rock drawings for yourself?

Take a trip to the islands only National Park (Arikok) to find these caves.




New Post Stamps – Aruban Athletes

The local post office in Aruba released a new collection of post stamps honoring four of the islands top athletes.

Here’s a short description on their achievements and post stamp.

Windsurfing
Aruba’s professional windsurfer, Sarah-Quita, is one of the youngest athletes to win over a dozen windsurfing world titles in her career.

Windsurfing is a well practiced sport on the island due to the trade winds, especially near Fisherman’s Huts.

If you’re lucky, you might see her zip and surf through the waters.

Her best windsurfing categories are slalom & freestyle.

Baseball
Xander Bogaerts is one of the most popular baseball players at the moment.

Currently playing for the Boston Red Sox, his two biggest successes are winning the MLB World Series title two times, in 2013 & 2018.

He’s one of the league’s best shortstops and offensive players.

Bike Motocross
The best bike motocross cyclist in Aruba is Shanayah Howell.

She has been winning all the motocross competitions in her age category since the age of 5 years old.

Shanayah is the first Aruban bmx cyclist to win a world title during a championship in Brazil 2006. She also was crowned Champion in Costa Rica 2016, and Canada 2017.

Taekwondo
Winning a gold medal in 2012 at the international taekwondo open in Orlando put, Chiara Petrocchi, on the road to becoming a rising star.

As one of the best taekwondo fighters, she’s won many titles in her career. Including bronze, silver and gold at international competitions in Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico & LasVegas.

All stamps are available for $6.00 at the post office located in Oranjestad, Santa Cruz and San Nicolas.

The post stamps are designed by local artist Armando Goedgedrag.





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ORANJESTAD (June 16, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season Is Back on Our Beaches

Hundreds of visitors and locals were fortunate this week to witness sea turtles hatching on Eagle beach.

Dozens and dozens of small sea turtles came out of the sands and instinctively knew the way to the ocean.

This was one of the first hatches for this years turtle season in Aruba.

There are several sea turtles nests around the island that are going to be hatching soon.

Did you know that baby leather-back turtles are the only sea turtle hatchlings that crawl with a symmetrical “butterfly” stroke.

The leatherback sea turtles are protected by a local foundation called Turtugaruba. They scout the beaches for turtle nest and barricade the areas. During the nesting season they monitor and protect the nests around the island and guide the turtles to the beach once they hatch.

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Here’s a few rules you can follow in order to leave the turtles nest their eggs at night without disturbing or scaring them away:

  • Limit any sounds and movements that might stop the sea turtles to come ashore
  • Light can make a sea turtle turn back and not nest, no flash lights or camera flashes
  • Do not drive on the beaches with any type of vehicle, because the eggs can get crushed, and the compacted sand makes it harder for turtles to come out
  • No littering, because plastic materials can resemble a sea turtle’s favorite food, jellyfish
  • Do not disturb a nesting sea turtle, by trying to touch it, keep a safe distance at least 10 meters or more.

If you notice crawl marks on the beach on your morning beach stroll, tell the front desk at your resort to notify Turtugaruba (+297 5929393).




Watch Out For Blue Crab Migration Near Savaneta

The department of nature & environment in Aruba are urging motorists to watch out for blue crabs crossing the road in Pos Chiquito to make their way to the ocean.

They added a new bright yellow road sign with “Land Crab Crossing” to remind people to be cautious while driving on the highway on Pos Chiquito with blue crabs.

Blue crabs in Aruba are found plenty near the beach areas, especially in Pos Chiquito, because of the amount of mangroves. They are known to dig holes deep in the beach sand in seek of humidity.

The diet of blue crabs consists of decomposed trees, insects, scorpions and rest of dead animals.

Nesting season for blue crabs is between June & July.

Blue Land Crab

Why protect blue crabs?

Because they are of high value for the ecology of the mangroves. Conserving the blue crabs are crucial for the preservation of mangroves.

Watch out for crossing blue crabs on the highway near Pos Chiquito & Santo Largo.


Government Puts a Definite Stop To Project at Isla di Oro

The government decided to put a definite stop to the ecotourism project at Isla di Oro.

The news was announced by the infrastructure minister this week.

Despite all the expectations from the over-water bungalow, it doesn’t fit in the new and current zoning policy by the government.

The new zoning policy prevents the mangroves in this area to be destroyed and protect the marine life. This makes construction at this private property impossible.

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After following the advice from non governmental organizations, and considering the nature and environment for locals around the island, the decision was made to discontinue the project.

This is a clear sign that any future developments in Aruba should be sustainable and have the nature and environment in Aruba at heart.

Parking Card For People With Disabilities

Disabled person’s parking cards are soon going to be a reality in Aruba.

The parliament is working on a plan to make the downtown area and the rest of the island more accessible for people with disabilities.




New Look Revealed For Aruba Buses

The new look for Aruba buses was revealed this week as transport minister went for inspection at the company that builds buses automotriz MAN/Volkswagen.

A total of 15 new buses. All with a bright yellow paint job and the Aruba logo on the sides.

The time of service of the new buses will be mentioned in later date.

The central bus station is located in the middle of the downtown area, right in front of the cruise port. Here’s where you can hop on the bus for less than 5$ and take a retour trip around the island.

If you want to reach Eagle beach, Palm beach or Baby beach in San Nicolas with public transportation, it is all possible.


Aruba Airlines Welcome New Airplane

Aruba Airlines expands their float with a new airplane.

The plane is a CRJ 200, a small jet with 50 seats designed and manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace in Canada.

It is one of the few planes that is registered in Aruba, which gives Aruba Airlines full control of their flights, including routes they want to fly.

This airlines float now consists of four airplanes: three Airbus 320 and the new CRJ 200.

The aircraft will be flying the route: Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao.

They soon plan to expand towards Barranquilla and Europe.

Aruba airlines also has service to Miami, but this flight is currently on hold until further notice.

If you’re looking for a getaway to other islands (Bonaire & Curacao) while in Aruba, you can do so with Aruba Airlines. 





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ORANJESTAD (June 9, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

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NY To Aruba With American Airlines

American Airlines expanded its footprint to Aruba this week with the inauguration of new flights to the island from LaGuardia airport in New-York.

The flights are scheduled to depart every Saturday.

A total of 160 seats are open, including 16 first class seats and 144 seats in the main cabin.

American Airlines has a strong presence in the Caribbean region with over 900 weekly flights to 38 destinations. They currently service Aruba from different international gates including: Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Miami, New-York and temporary flights from Chicago.

New York has a lot of residents that love to travel to the Caribbean, especially Aruba.




Update on Aruba Airport Expansion Project

The expansion of Aruba’s airport is becoming a reality as the design and tender documents are finalized, including the prequalification for the contract bids for the main terminal construction.

At the moment, the works are being prepared to expand the airport. After this is completed, the remaining planning process will be executed and contractors will move into full construction mode.

Five companies are currently in a prequalification process to be selected to reconstruct the main building, expanding the terminal and roadways, construct additional parking spaces, and other upgrades.

The airport expansion project is better known as Gateway 2030. It’s a renovation and expansion of Aruba’s 34.000 m2 terminal with an estimated construction time of 4 years.

This expansion is needed to provide the capacity and service upgrades required for the amount of passengers who use the islands airport. At the moment nearly 2 million visitors are using Aruba’s airport every year and the amount of visitors is projected to grow in the near future.

Here’s a list of companies participating in the pre qualifications to execute the construction:

  • Aecon Group Inc
  • Ballast Nedam International Projects B.V.
  • Bam International B.V.
  • Bouygues Batiment International
  • Tav Tepe Akfen Construction & Operation Co.



Coastal Clean Up in Aruba

For almost two decades, Aruba Tourism & Hotel Authority organize coastal cleanups around the island.

This year is no different.

More than 900 people participated in this beach clean up, included schools, hotel staff, organizations, local residents and visitors.

This years coastal clean up is the 18th edition. And a total of 14 beach areas received a beautification upgrade.

Here’s a list of beach areas that were cleaned during this day:

  • Santana di Cacho
  • Roger’s Beach
  • Bachelor’s Beach
  • Plastic Beach
  • Rincon
  • Rincon banda di Rancho,
  • Grapefield
  • Boca Putri
  • Ex-Bushiri
  • Eagle Beach
  • Fisherman Huts
  • Malmok
  • Tres Trapi
  • Boca Catalina
  • Arashi
  • California Dunes
  • The bays behind Alto Vista Chapel

Hoteliers Pass Screening For Baby Beach Hotel

After the company that is interested in developing a hotel in San Nicolas passed their screening by the department of national security in Aruba, they reach closer to starting construction.

Tourism minister confirmed that three rivers real estate passed the screening necessary required by investors before any further developments.

The reality comes closer that Baby beach and the entire San Nicolas community will get a hotel to call its own. Further information will be released at a later time.




Pride Month At Marriott

June 1, 2019 marks the 50th year anniversary for pride month!

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino eagerly join the celebration by lighting up the entrance to their resort with the colors representing the Pride Flag.

The aim of lighting their entrance up with colors of the pride rainbow flag is to promote diversity and inclusion among guests and associates. And also to support the LGBTQ community and drive awareness that Marriott resorts are LGBTQ friendly.

Marriott International will hold a “Queer Me Out” speaker series at six destinations worldwide this year to speak about important issues within the community.

The entrance at Marriott will be lit throughout the month of June. 

Aruba Extends Closing Frontier Venezuela

A month ago, the prime minister of Aruba decided to close the frontier between the island and Venezuela.

Now the frontier remains closed for at least 3 months more, this was announced by the Government.

Due to the current situation in Venezuela, the prime minister made the decision to close the border to stop immigration to Aruba.

No airplane or ships are allowed from Venezuela to Aruba. This also counts for Curacao, Bonaire and Brazil. 


Aruba Summer Music Festival

Summer time is just around the corner, and one of the islands hottest music festivals is getting closer.

This year is going to be the 5th edition of Aruba’s Summer Music Festival.

It’s the largest festival in Aruba featuring Latin artists.

Who’s performing this year?

  • Silvestre Dangond
  • Farruko
  • Manuel Turizo
  • Ala Jaza
  • Jeon

Local Bands: Solo Banda Show & D-Licious

Aruba Summer Music Festival takes place 28 – 29 June, 2019.





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ORANJESTAD (June 2, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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Mosquito Controlled Resorts in Aruba

Aruba is practically mosquito free and good weather guaranteed.

The department of public health confirmed this by recently awarding the hotels in Aruba that managed to stay free of mosquitoes in 2018.

This was part of a yearly “mosquito certification program” by the department of public health and Aruba Hotel & Tourism Authority (AHATA).

All resorts in Aruba registered by the AHATA are required 3 controls during the year for possible mosquito breeding grounds and prevention.

Mosquitoes are going to be the least of your worries when on vacation in Aruba!

Here’s a list of hotels that are mosquito controlled in Aruba:

  • Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
  • Eagle Aruba Resort
  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
  • Manchebo Beach Resort
  • Aruba Marriott Resort
  • Marriott Aruba Ocean Club
  • Holiday Inn Aruba
  • Brickell Bay Beach Club
  • Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort
  • Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
  • Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort
  • Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
  • RIU Palace Aruba
  • RIU Palace Antillas Renaissance Aruba Resort
  • Paradera Park Apartments
  • Palma Aruba Condos

Think Aruba if you want to go on a mosquito free vacation in the Caribbean.




IMAX Theater Under Construction

The movie industry in Aruba is expanding with the construction of a new IMAX theatre.

Located on a 6500 square foot lot next to Sasaki Weg (close to Eagle beach), the new movie theater will be the largest and most modern in the Caribbean region.

Construction started in October 2018 and is projected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. In May 2019 an important construction milestone was reached as the contractors poured cement for the movie theaters foundation – it took over 100 trucks and 800 m3 of cement.

The new IMAX theater is a investment of 19 million US dollars.

When completed, the new IMAX theater will have 10 movie rooms.

7 regular movie rooms, with 2 additional VIP rooms and a one of a kind VIP room that includes a private balcony.

Besides the movie rooms, the IMAX will also feature 7 different restaurants.

This will be one of the new spots to visit if you want to catch the latest movie or satisfy your taste buds.


Southwest Resumes Flights To Aruba From Houston

Southwest recently announced it will resume several seasonal routes to the Caribbean for the upcoming winter season including beautiful Aruba!

According to the airline company, it’s going to be a weekly Saturday flight from Houston to Aruba as of November 9, 2019.

If you’re already planning a winter escape this year, you have more options to fly to Aruba now with Southwest.

Trade the snow for sunshine and enjoy the island.

There’s a bunch of things to do in Aruba during the final months of the year.

Here’s a list of suggestions for your to do list:





New Catalogue With Indian Rock Drawings

Aruba is known for palm trees and white sandy beaches, but on the other side of the island you’ll find the countryside.

This part of the island is dessert and home to caves previously inhabited by indians. Inside the caves you’ll find brownish-red color drawings on the stone walls made by indians who lived on the island almost 4000 years ago.

drawings inside the caves in Aruba

Two decades ago, an archaeologist and a writer started an inventory of all the drawings inside the caves and added them all into a catalogue.

The new catalogue named “The Archaeology of Aruba: The Pictographs & Petroglyphs” is more than a colorful coffee table centerpiece. It’s a hardcover book with over 400 pages of indian rock paintings around the island, and explains where to find them.

You can purchase this catalogue at the archaeological music in Aruba or at the local bookstores.

Where can you go to see these indian rock drawings for yourself?

Take a trip to the islands only National Park (Arikok) to find these caves.

The most prominent caves are named: Guadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba.


Protect & Conserve Aruba’s Endemic Birds

In order to save and protect owl in Aruba, a local organization named Aruba Birdlife Conservation started a “Global Owl Project” to conserve these beautiful birds.  

The goal of the owl project is to create 500 artificial nests around different areas in Aruba. Artificial nests are necessary to conserve owls, because their natural habitat is destroyed by predators (snakes), development, constructions and off-road vehicles driving on protected beach terrains and countryside.

Besides the global owl project, Aruba Birdlife conservation also started a conservation project to protect another bird species: the Prikichi, a parakeet native to the island. Artificial nests will also be created to conserve prikichis.

Owl in Aruba. Hoot Hoot.

The prikichi is the national bird of Aruba and the shoco is Aruba’s national symbol.

Also known as the national bird of Aruba, the prikichi is a parakeet native to the island.

Aruba has over 20 birds species, the owl and the prikichi are the only two endemic species found on the island. This means they are found nowhere else in the world, only in Aruba.

The global owl project hopefully will boost the awareness of nature in Aruba and ensure that these birds do not go extinct.

Hurricane Season

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially started in June.

Hurricane season is an annual event that marks the formation  of tropical cyclones and storm in the Northern Hemisphere of the world.

As expected every year about 10 tropical storms will form and at least 5 of these storms turn into hurricanes.

Hurricane season starts from June until November. The months of August, September and October are known as the most active for hurricanes.

Last year was one of the most active hurricane season in history for the Caribbean region. Some countries and islands are still recovering from the damage done by these storms.

Luckily Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt, there’s little chance that the island will be affected by any large storms.

Meteorologists are prognosticating a below average active hurricane season for 2019.





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ORANJESTAD (May 26, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

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LaGuardia To Aruba With American Airlines

Tourism in Aruba is growing fast, and the trend will continue this year, as the island gets another airlift boom.

As of June 8, 2019 it will be possible to fly with American Airlines from LaGuardia Airport New York to Aruba.

The flights are once a week, every Saturday. Only 160 seats are available.

American Airlines currently has connections to Aruba available from Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte.

The airline company introduced Aruba to 170.338 visitors in 2018.

Aruba’s airport is currently serving over 2 million visitors a year.




The Hyatt Place Hotel Almost Complete

The new hotel in Aruba, Hyatt Place, is almost complete.

Conveniently located adjacent to the airport, this hotel is the newest addition to the business center in Oranjestad. And the first Hyatt Place Hotel in Aruba.

The hotel provides business and leisure travelers a comfortable place to stay  before beginning the next leg of their journey.

Hyatt Place has 116 rooms, 21.000 square feet of office space, food court, retail shops, casual dining restaurants and car rentals.

Plans are to open the hotel in the late 2019.


New Kiosk Cosecha Opening at Welcome Plaza

Now you can buy authentic arts and crafts handmade by local artisans at Cosecha’s new kiosks in front of the cruise port.

Cosecha is an organization that represents local artisans by displaying their arts and crafts in their art galleries in Aruba.

You feel the genuine Aruban identity transmitted by the arts & crafts as soon as you step inside the kiosk.  

Here’s a little taste of what’s inside…

Cosecha represents almost 70 local artisans in different aspects of art including mosaic, photography, hand painting, jewelry, handmade bags, driftwood, plastic and so much more different type of arts and crafts.

The new kiosk functions as a small gallery store and hub for information for all questions related to arts and crafts on the island.

Read more about the new Cosecha kiosk in Oranjestad here.




Ban Topa na San Nicolas

Carubbian is replaced with a new event named “Ban Topa Na San Nicolas” which translates to “Let’s Meet in San nicolas”.

As the name suggest, the event is local.

Something you attend if you want to get a feel for the “way of the Aruban life” in San Nicolas. From the arts, culture, music, food and Aruban ambience.

Food? Yes.

There’s over 15 food stands with local and Caribbean cuisines.

Handmade arts & crafts by local artisans will be available, you won’t find these creations anywhere else on the island.

Where’s “Ban Topa Na San Nicolas”?

In the promenade and main streets of San Nicolas.

Ban Topa Na San Nicolas is held on the first Thursday of the month, from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The next edition will be June 6, 2019.


The Mexican Pop Up Restaurant at Marriott

Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is hosting a pop up Mexican gastronomic experience at their restaurant – The Lobby.

A special guest chef from Mexico will be two days in Aruba to create cuisines to delight the foodies palette

What can you expect?

Traditional Mexican food.  Spicy aromas!

Seafood?

Yes!

Aguachile Negro is on the menu. A dish native to Mexico similar to the ceviche, only spicier – yummy!

It’s commonly made with shrimp, but any other shellfish like sea scallops are also used. Even octopus.

The chef will also prepare different guacamole sauces served with handmade tortilla chips.

Any pork lovers? Slow roasted suckling pig is on the menu.

Mexican pop up restaurant at marriott takes place May 31 & June 1, 2019 starting 7:00 PM.

For more information, price, reservation call (+297) 520-6670 / 520-6343 / 520-6652





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