ORANJESTAD (September 1, 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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New Post Stamp Collection Featuring Aruban Medicinal Plants

The local post office released new post stamps featuring traditional medicinal plants in Aruba. 

It’s a set of four collection stamps worth 90c, 130c, 220c, 500c.

Here’s how they look like…

Oregano & Malohi (Lemongrass)

Oregano

The popular oregano plant in Aruba is often used for seasoning, but it’s also used by natives to relieve headaches. 

Oregano is also used for its different medicinal properties including: antibacterial, detox, antifungal and increases energy levels. 

Malohi

This plant is abundant on the island, it’s better known as lemongrass.

The leaves are used to make tea for treating fever and common colds.

It’s also used to treat combat fatigue and as a natural relaxer. 

Senna and Mentha

Senna

Senna is also known as Sennablad on the island, it’s primarily used for its laxative and purgative properties. It doesn’t grow everywhere on the island, but it’s available at local pharmacies. 

Dry senna leaves have been used since ancient times as laxatives, and they remain an important plant in both traditional and conventional medicine. 

Mentha

The leaves of the mentha plant are cool and spicy. It’s often used in essential oils, to cook, and has therapeutic properties. 

Locals use mentha to help with diarrhea, upset stomach and indigestion. 

All the plants on the post stamps are available in nature, or in local pharmacies. And they are used for different purposes, including medicinal. 

The original envelope including all the four post stamps costs $7.00 – Stamps are available at the post office locations in Oranjestad, San Nicolas and St.Cruz.




Fast Ferry Project Delayed 

The fast ferry service between Aruba and Curacao (and eventually Bonaire) is still in the pipeline, but without final date for construction. 

Traveling by ferry between the island is something we all want to do once, but we have to wait on fulfilling this dream, because the project is still on hold. 

concept harbor for fast ferry

According to the transport Minister, several laws and policies still need to be put in place before any development can continue. A memorandum of understanding has already been signed between the two islands. However, before the fast ferry project is formalized, certain aspects have to be completed, these include but are not limited to:

  • a new operator has to be selected (Fred Olson, Agua Liner or Waterbus)
  • more funds are needed
  • a new ports authority has to be formed ( San Nicolas Port Authority)
  • Policies and service agreements

The fast ferry service is a strategic plan to increase tourism and economy between the two Governments of Aruba and Curacao. 

This means the progress of the fast ferry project also depends on the Government in Curacao.


New CEO at Airport in Aruba

The new CEO of Aruba’s Airport (Joost Meijs) was presented to the public this week. He is the successor of the airports long time former CEO, James Fazio. 

Joost Meijs was previously the CEO of Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands), but now he’s the new leader of the Aruba airport as of September 1, 2019. 

He will be responsible for overseeing the airports redevelopment project “Gateway 2030”. The project includes adding new gates, removing various steps inside the check in halls, new facilities, more restaurants, bars, and several new upgrades. 

It’s a big project that will make Aruba’s airport the most unique in the Caribbean region – a five year capital investment program worth over 300 million US Dollars. 

The airport has already transformed from the planning phase, and is now in the construction phase of the project.

“I look forward to contribute to new successes of the international airport of Aruba and I am really impressed by all that has been achieved so far by James Fazio and his team,” said Joost Meijs.

The successor of James Fazio was carefully selected by Royal Schiphol Group, which is a partner of Aruba Airport Authority, the organization that operates Aruba’s Airport.

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Food & Wine Pairing Dinner At Hilton Aruba Resort

Sunset Grill has a special food & wine pairing dinner following the resorts 60th year celebrations of hospitality in Aruba.

The wine selection and variety of culinary dishes are going to be one of a kind. Featuring the wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards and 4-course dinner from Executive Sous-Chef Katia Soujol and Executive Chef Matt Boland. 

Event Schedule

  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception at Mira Solo Lobby Bar
  • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Wine Pairing Dinner at Sunset Grille

Are you looking forward to a night with Rodney Strong?

Date event September 13, 2019.

Price per person $99.00 – limited seating, more details or reservations email [email protected]




New in Aruba – Tito’s Tuesday at Ricardo’s Restaurant

Things are heating up with Ricardo’s restaurant new weekly event “Tito’s Tuesday” held on the beach.

The new event features special prices on Tito’s Handmade Vodka drinks with your choice of mixers.

Tuesday is a fun day at Ricardo’s.

Enjoy music by DJ’s, live MC, exciting beach games, delicious BBQ and Tito’s vodka drink.

Tito’s is every week Tuesday

What are you doing on Tuesdays in Aruba? Go to Ricardo’s for Tito’s! (every Tuesday from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM).

Ricardo’s restaurant is located on the beach, behind Aruba beach club resort on Eagle beach. d

Read more details and see pictures and video about Tito’s Tuesday at Ricardo’s here.




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ORANJESTAD (August 25, 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.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!

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New Developments in San Nicolas

The commercial organization in Aruba, known as San Nicolas Business Association recently organized a business summit for the development of San Nicolas in the near future.

Local and international investors were invited for brainstorming sessions. And several business plans were presented that are going to become reality within 6 months.

San Nicolas is going to be different soon.

Change is inevitable on this side of the island, as a new all inclusive resort is planned for construction. The resort will not only boost the economy of the island, but also serve as a catalyst for new business in San Nicolas.

Recent developments include a new movie theater (Principal), murals, arts and crafts stores, monthly tourism events (island festival), new tourist information center and beach upgrades.

The main streets and promenade of San Nicolas will be transformed into a shopping center strip featuring culture, arts, food and drinks – the place to visit when in San Nicolas.

Do you want to be a part of the change that’s happening in San Nicolas?

Submit your business plans to San Nicolas Business Association – email to [email protected]

This is your chance to open a business in Aruba.




The Start of Resort Construction in San Nicolas

Construction work started this week for the first hotel in San Nicolas.

What is now an empty and barren land will soon feature a 900 room hotel named Secrets Resorts.

Soil surveys are being conducted at the moment to determine the best engineering works to construct the resorts foundation. The initial works for land preparations will last up to the end of September.

The groundbreaking construction for Secrets resort will start in late 2019 (October or November).

Secrets resorts will be constructed in two phases, starting with 600 rooms in the first phase, and 300 rooms in the second part. The resort will feature a luxury casino, upscale restaurants and swimming pools.

Baby-Beach-Resort-in-Seroe-Colorado

Layout of the future Baby beach resort in Seroe Colorado

The first 600 rooms are all inclusive, and the rest of the 300 rooms will be non-inclusive.

Besides the new secret resort, two new locally owned boutiques hotels are also going to be built near Secrets resort. Both boutiques are going to be exclusive with no more than 40 rooms.

The infrastructure at Baby beach and Rodger’s beach will also be renovated and upgraded. New restaurants are coming, more bars, extra parking spots, additional beach huts, new grounds for beach sports.


Tito’s Tuesday at Ricardo’s

Things are heating up with Ricardo’s restaurant new weekly event “Tito’s Tuesday” held on the beach.

The new event features special prices on Tito’s Handmade Vodka drinks with your choice of mixers.

Tuesday is a fun day at Ricardo’s.

Enjoy music by DJ’s, live MC, exciting beach games, delicious BBQ and Tito’s vodka drink.

Tito’s is every week Tuesday

Watch one of the latest videos showing the fun and excitement of Tito’s Tuesdays at Ricardo’s.

What are you doing on Tuesdays in Aruba? Go to Ricardo’s for Tito’s! (every Tuesday from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM).

Ricardo’s restaurant is located on the beach, behind Aruba beach club resort on Eagle beach.



Island Festival August 28, 2019

There’s a new reason to visit San Nicolas besides the stunning mural arts, display of culture, and beautiful beaches – a new street festival.

This month is going to be the 3rd edition of Island Festival.

It’s a 3 street festival in the promenade of San Nicolas.

Each street will represent an island with its own theme: local island, multicultural island and historical island.
Walk the trio streets and experience their local and multicultural food and drinks, music, ambience and vibe.
Island festival will also have live shows.

Local actors will illustrate the Aruban way of life back in the days and how the lifestyle developed until today.

Two local bands will be playing live groovy Aruban music.

There’s also going to be different kiosks with local arts and crafts for sale made by Aruban artists.

Island Festival will be organized once a month in San Nicolas.

The next edition of island fest will be on August 28, 2019.

Locals will be there. You are also invited to visit San Nicolas.

Come and eat our food, taste our drinks, mingle with locals and experience the Aruban way of life!




Casibari Jazz Festival in Aruba

Experience the first edition of the Casibari Jazz Festival.

It’s a two day event with featuring two stages with local jazz musicians, food court and art fair.

The event will be held at Casibari Music Cafe & Grill (located at Paradera).

Tickets are $25.00 (per person for one night).

September 20 – 21, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Additional specials during Casibari Jazz Festival

  • Happy hours from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • BBQ special 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM




Fiesta di Cunucu

Get a feel of the islands traditions at Fiesta di Cunucu. 

Fiesta di Cunucu takes you back in time to traditional Aruban houses made with clay and plastered with typical architecture dating more than 150 years. 

It’s a cultural event featuring local farmers market, and folkloric dances. There’s also going to be traditional music from Aruba known as “Caha di Orgel” (organ box, music box), local dancers, singers and several other local musical groups.

The cunucu house will be fully furnished with antiques, and locals will be dressed in traditional clothes giving you the experience of how locals used to live back then. 

Walk alongside the house and be amazed of the Arubans used to live in the past.  

This months fiesta di cunucu will be held at a monumental cunucu house known as “Cas Tan Tin” located at Pos Abao 19 (district Noord). 

September 29, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.


Aruba Reef Care Project

The Aruba Reef Care Foundation continues to raise awareness about the protection of the islands marine life with reef care project 2019. 

Aruba Reef Care Foundation has been at the forefront of marine environmental causes since 1994. This year is going to be the 25th consecutive year for Aruba’s reef care and awareness campaign. 

As a volunteer you will be able to sign up for many different activities, including but not limited to cleaning up the underwater reef and beach. 

You’re invited to help raise awareness and safeguard the environment and protect Aruba’s marine life. 

Registration is 5 Aruban florin ($3.00)

As a registered participant, you get a free colorful Aruba reef care t-shirt, certificate of participation and a light lunch. You also get entry to the closing event “appreciation party” with chances to win prizes.

Operation center for the beach and reef clean up action will be at Neptali Henriquez Park (next to Surfside Beach, close to the airport). 

Event will be held on September 29, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Register at [email protected]


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ORANJESTAD (August 18, 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.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!

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Bank Note of The Year Award

Aruba’s newly designed paper bill is nominated for the “Bank Note of The Year Award” by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS).

The specific nominated bank note is the 25 Aruban Florin note.

Aruban-25-Florin-Bank-Note-2019-Front-&-Back

The new 25 Aruban florin bank note (front& back)

Three other international bank notes were also nominated:

  • North Ireland’s 5 Pound Ulster bank note
  • Switzerland’s 1000 Franc note

The newly Aruban bank notes, introduced on June 2019.

Nominations of other international bank notes are valid until January 31, 2020. The winner of “bank note of the year” will be selected after nominations close, by the members of IBNS.

There’s different aspects that are judged for the winning bank note, including but not limited to – design, colors, contrast, balance and security characteristics.

Last time Aruba received new bank notes was back in 1990, and slightly modified in 2013. Generally new bank notes are changed every 10 years, but this new design was introduced after 16 years.

The new bank note designs feature different native animals, iconic landmarks and old Aruban artifacts.

Old Aruban bank notes are no longer accepted on the island, if you happen to have old paper bills, you can swap them for new bills at the Central Bank on the island.




Sasaki Weg Renamed Avenida Nelson Oduber

The highway on the northern part of the island known as Sasaki Weg will have a new name as of next week.

As of August 19, 2019 Sasaki Weg as we know it will be renamed to Avenida Nelson Orlando Oduber.

The switch is dedicated to one of Aruba’s previous prime ministers, back in 1989 and 2001.

Nelson was one of the main pioneers for the construction of “Sasaki Weg” back in 1983.

Sasaki was a needed infrastructure upgrade in Aruba back then, when there were not a lot of roads, especially near the hotel areas.

The development of Sasaki Weg included the new highway, and several other roads, and tourism projects (hotels, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, movie theaters and shopping malls).

Avenida Nelson Orlando Oduber highway starts from the new roundabout near Bushiri beach, towards the last hotel on the island, close to Malmok, Ritz Carlton.


8 New Busses For Public Transport in Aruba

A new fleet of 8 busses are getting ready to hit the streets soon.

The announcement was made by the transport minister (Chris Romero) this week, nearly a year after the public transportation company announced their vision to invest in 15 or more new busses.

All the new busses will replace the current busses in operation as soon after they pass local inspections.

New Busses in Aruba (Image By Transportation Minister’s Website)

Fabricated in Brazil (São Paulo), the busses are made by MAN Truck & Bus and Mascarello company.

All the busses have ecologic technology (Euro 5 diesel) including, but not limited to – air conditioning, wifi, usb charging ports, sound, GPS, and wheelchair accessibility.

Seven more busses are on the way soon by the end of 2019, there’s going to be a total of 30 new busses on the island as of 2020.

As soon as the new busses hit the road, locals and visitors can expect a more reliable, fast, and comfortable commute around the island.




Aruba is Top Destination for a Relaxing Summer Holiday

Aruba was nominated by newswire.net as one of the top destinations where you’ll still be able to get some rest and just relax.

The popular independent news website mentioned Aruba as one of the best places to vacation during the summer holidays.

Why go to Aruba during summer?

According to Newswire.net, it’s less crowded during this time of the year compared to other parts of the world, including Europa.

Aruba has one of the best beaches in the world, Eagle beach. There’s plenty of space to relax under palm trees and beach huts. Activities are also plenty – snorkeling, water sports, excursions, and island tours.

As day turns into night, there’s hundreds of top notch restaurants that offer the best food in the Caribbean. There’s also a vibrant nightlife, and beach bars to have a good time in paradise.

If you’ve never been to Aruba before, you should add the island on your bucket list as soon as possible.

There’s plenty of airlines that fly to the island all year round.

Find the best airfare using the SkyScanner app for best flight prices.

Download the flight app on Android, or for Iphone.

Toronto to Aruba WestJet

WestJet recently announced increased frequency and improved connectivity from its hub to more destinations, including Aruba for its 2019/2020 winter schedule.

More flights will be featured from Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto for domestic flights, trans border, international and sun destinations.

WestJet increased frequency of flights to Aruba from twice weekly to three times every week (Toronto – Aruba).

Take a flight to Aruba.

“By executing on our hub strategy, we’re improving schedules not only for guests in Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, but also building thousands of new connections for guests across the country,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.

Canadians have more flights and better access to Aruba this winter

(Get alerts for the best flight rates using the SkyScanner App – download for (AndroidIphone).




Events to Lookout for in Aruba (August 2019)

Aruba Hosts Vow Renewal Ceremony on Eagle Beach.

If you’ve been doing your research on Aruba, you’d agree with me that it’s one of the most revisited islands in the Caribbean, and the go to place for love birds!

Why is it the go to place for romance?

Everything adds up to love.

The sunsets. Late night dinners on the beach. Countless romantic hot spots, and lots of things to do on the island for couples.

Here’s a video recap of the vow renewals on Eagle beach in 2018.

This year is no different.

Eagle beach is going to be the host of the 3rd vowel renewal ceremony in Aruba. It’s the biggest wedding memory event in the Caribbean region.

The ceremony will be held on August 21, 2019.

What is the vow renewal ceremony all about?

Of Course renewing your wedding vows, but in a special way, the Aruban way!

With your feet in the sand on Eagle beach, as the sun makes it way down the horizon. You and your loved one will recommit your wedding vows and promise each other to stick besides one another.

Champagne and local hors d’oeuvres will be available during the event.

Are you going to be in Aruba during this event?

You can pre-register to attend the vow renewal ceremony by visiting here.

This years event has a surprise for a lucky couple.

One lucky couple can win a free trip to Aruba. All you have to do is send a written essay between 200 – 500 words, including video or images showcasing you two, and why you want to renew your wedding views on Eagle beach. 




Explore Aruba At The Island Festival

There’s a new reason to visit San Nicolas besides the stunning mural arts, display of culture, and beautiful beaches – a new street festival.

This month is going to be the 3rd edition of Island Festival.

It’s a 3 street festival in the promenade of San Nicolas. 

Each street will represent an island with its own theme: local island, multicultural island and historical island. 

Walk the trio streets and experience their local and multicultural food and drinks, music, ambience and vibe. 

Island festival will also have live shows. 

Local actors will illustrate the Aruban way of life back in the days and how the lifestyle developed until today. 

Two local bands will be playing live groovy Aruban music.

There’s also going to be different kiosks with local arts and crafts for sale made by Aruban artists. 

Island Festival will be organized once a month in San Nicolas. 

The next edition of island fest will be on August 28, 2019 (7:00PM – 10:00PM).

Locals will be there. You are also invited to visit San Nicolas. 

Come and eat our food, taste our drinks, mingle with locals and experience the Aruban way of life! 


Contribute To The Reader Supported Newsletter

I know how much it means for you to stay up to date with what’s happening on your home away from home – that’s why this newsletter is free and available to everyone!

It’s free, because this online newspaper is a reader supported newsletter!

If you’d like to contribute to the cost of maintaining the website or want to buy me a beer, because you appreciate the Aruba updates – please make a contribution of your choice.

Choose the amount you wish to donate and you will be directed to pay-pal on the next page.

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