ORANJESTAD (August 12, 2018) – Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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Four New Possible Ramsar Sites in Aruba

Nature in Aruba gets another win after four new areas on the island were signaled for possibly being officially claimed as ramsar sites.

What is a ramsar site?

Ramsar sites are protected wetlands that have a high biodiversity of flora and fauna.

Aruba only has one official ramsar site which is the Spaans Lagoon.

The four locations which can possibly be ramsar sites are:

  • Bubali Plas
  • Isla Di Oro (Mangel Halto)
  • Reefs in Oranjestad
  • Reefs in San Nicolas.

Why is it important to protect these areas as ramsar sites?

Because experts indicated that these areas are important to feed the animals that live in this habitat. To put it in perspective, there’s over 200 bird species living in Bubali Plas (great place for bird watching). All over the island you will find more species of animals, so protecting them is very important. 


Talks About Marine Park

Aruba is surrounded by amazing blue oceans and a marine environment that’s unique around the world.

To protect the island’s unique underwater environment, the government wants to implement a marine park.

What’s a marine park?

A marine park is a new law that will help conserve Aruba’s ocean and the marine species (including corals) that lives within and rely on these habitats.

The new marine park will be implemented soon in Aruba, it’s almost official.

The law to officially make this happen is now at the government advisory board which is in charge of the legislative process, according to the minister of environment.

At least three zones were already mentioned to be protected:

  • Druif beach
  • Boca grandi
  • Rodgers beach
  • Mangel halto
  • Isla di oro.

Of course a the list of protected fora and fauna will be updated with new species.





New Farming Project In Aruba

Aruba is making the first step in revolutionizing the farming industry in the Caribbean.

The minister of primary sector held a press conference this week to announce they have approved Vertical Designs Aruba (VDA) to build a vertical farming project in Aruba, using Affinor Growers company’s vertical farming technology.

Who is Affinor Growers?

Affinor is the only vertical farming technology company offering solutions for both indoor controlled growing and the greenhouse agriculture industry.

They are going to build a farm using vertical growing technologies. This will allow them to produce crops (romaine lettuce, spinach, strawberries and other local procuce) year around on land that, previously, could not be utilized for farming (considering the islands climate).

This project moves Aruba a step closer to producing its own fruits and vegetables, and not be depend on importation anymore.

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More Details About The Fast Ferry Project

It looks like we will be able to visit our neighbouring islands (Bonaire & Curacao) in the near future, because the stakeholders for the fast ferry project are pushing for it be possible.

Price wise the fast ferry is interesting. According to stakeholders the cost of the ferry can be almost half the cost of what the airlines charge to fly between the islands. 

If the price really comes down to half the price this will make it affordable if you have a big group wanting to visit Bonaire or Curacao (which is going to be a different experience, very unique mode of transportation).

It’s estimated that the fast ferry will be in service by the end of 2019.

Maybe thinking about extending your vacation days in Aruba is a good thing for next year if you want to take a trip on the ferry.


Tony Roma’s in Aruba Closing Down

Did you hear the news? I’m shocked also.

It’s true.

Tony Roma’s in Palm Beach will be closing down after 25+ years of service.

Their last serving will be on August 31, 2018 at 11:00 PM.

It’s sad to see this place go, but there are other local places on the island that serve delicious BBQ, especially on Sundays.


New Gas Price

If you plan on renting a car and cruise around the island take note of the new gas prices.

As of August 8, 2018 the prices are now:

  • Gasoline 217.1 Aruban cents for one liter (+2.3 cent) ($4.58 per gallon)
  • Diesel 184.6 Aruban cents for one liter (-0.1 cent) ($3.91 per gallon)

Don’t know who to rent a car from? Use one of my personal car rental recommendations

Pro Am Golf Tournament in Aruba

One of Aruba’s premier golfing tournament is about to start!

The idea of the pro-am tournament is to partner up professional and amateur golfers into teams to compete in a 36-hole tournament.

The event will be held at the Tierra del Sol golf course that has a jaw dropping view of the rugged northern coast of the island.

Date of the event – August 24 – 26, 2018

Even if you don’t plan on playing, this tournament is entertaining to watch and socialize on the island.

There’s going to be brunch buffets on each of the tournament days, BBQ party and open bar.

Aruba’s Annual Culinary Week

It’s almost time again to enjoy delicious three course menus from the top restaurants on the island for a special price!

Experience fine dining without spending hundreds of dollars

Restaurant week in Aruba will take place on August 29 – September 5, 2018.

Nine restaurants will be participating at this event and all of them offer something special:

  • Tango Argentine Grill
  • Café the Plaza
  • Fishes & More
  • Qué Pasa
  • Moomba Beach
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dragonfly
  • Nos Clubhuis
  • Hadicurari

The 3 course menus are priced at $20.00 and $26.00.

This years rataurant week is special, because part of the profits will go to an elderly home in Aruba (Maris Stella).




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Are you having issues finding discounted flight tickets to Aruba? I know the feeling you get when searching for cheap airline tickets, but find almost nothing!

I’m sharing 5 hacks you can add to your arsenal when looking for online discounted flight tickets to Aruba.

Here’s how you can maximize your Aruba travel at a minimal expense.

  1. Recruit a Person You Trust in Another City To Book For You

Find someone you trust in another city to search for flights to Aruba for you.

Yes, this works!

You can find low fare air tickets if you search from a state or city you are not currently in.

Try it for yourself, let someone you know and trust search for you.

This works the other way around also.

Booking a return flight when you’re still at home can be cheaper instead of booking it when you’re in Aruba.

  1. Download The Skyscanner App For Price Alerts

Instead of searching the web all day long for the cheapest flights possible, just set an alert to get notified by email for the best price.

There’s plenty of tools you can use to set alerts, like Google flights. But adding more than one alerts, means more chance to find cheap airline tickets.

I recommend adding the Skyscanner app to your alerts! It’s free to download on your phone and you can save big bucks on airfare.

The skyscanner app has different features, it let’s you:

  • Find the best prices and top deals
  • Find the cheapest time to travel
  • Find the quickest routes to your destination
  • Stay informed when flight prices change

Download it here if you have an android phone – Skyscanner Android App Download

Download the app here if you have a iOS – Skyscanner iOS App Download

  1. Buy 2 One Way Tickets

To pull off this strategy, you need a flexible schedule.

There’s a downside to this practice you have to take into consideration – if your departure flight gets cancelled (due to weather or any other circumstances)!

If you buy your one way ticket on a intermediary website (with different airlines), you may encounter problems when trying to find reimbursement.

Because of airline policies, it can be harder for you to ask for a refund for the unrelated flight.

The best solution when buying 2 one way flights is to book direct with the same airline, so you’re in a better position for a refund, just incase.

  1. Use The Hidden City Ticketing

A friend of mine who was flying back from Aruba to Newark, managed to book a flight that was going to ultimately land in Fort Lauderdale, with a stop in Newark first.

He got off the flight in Newark, and saved himself over $150.00, compared to if he booked a straight flight to Newark.

Hidden city ticketing allows you to book a destination for less money, but you have to get off the plane before continuing to the end destination.

The only catch is you can’t have checked bags, because your baggage is routed directly to the final ticketed destination.


Unless you plan to go to Aruba with minimal a carry-on, hidden city ticketing can be risky.

If you can’t find find a hidden city opportunity on your way to Aruba, you can use this strategy to find a return flight. This will not work for everyone and it can be controversial, but if it applies to you, why not take advantage of it.

The best way to find these “hidden city ticketing flights” is to use this website that was made specially for that – skipplagged.com

It’s not a travel company, you can’t book here. It’s just a tool you can use to find cheap flight information. 

    1. Use Expert Flyer Program

This program is an online tool you can use to find almost anything you need to know about airline schedules, so you can make an informed decision before you buy your tickets.

What do you benefit by using Expertflyer?

  • You can check awards & upgrades for different flight classes in one convenient place.
  • You can look which seats are available on any flight before you book
  • You can set an alert for the exact seat you want for a specific flight when it becomes available (you don’t have to log in the airline website everyday and hoping to find a seat)
  • The ability to see which flights have empty business or first classes, giving you the best chance for upgrades.
  • It shows flight timetables, to see an airline’s schedule for a specified route (helpful when searching for departure times and aircraft type).
  • There’s so much more you can do with expertflyer that will give you the advantage of finding the best price on flights to Aruba!

They have a free version you can try for 5 days. But the paid version gives you so much detailed info about airlines.

ExpertFlyer.com – Find Flight Availability, Flight Upgrades & Awards, Frequent Flyer Information and more!

What You Should Remember

It’s not easy to get discounted airfare online, but that doesn’t mean cheap airline tickets don’t exist. But if you implement proven strategies that have helped thousands of Aruba visitors to score steals, you could also be saving big money on travel expenses!

Know before hand what you’re willing to pay and set price alerts to get notified immediately, this saves you time of being in front of the computer.

The Sky scanner App is awesome tool that gives you alerts on big discounted air fares and it’s free! 

Skyscanner Android App Download

Skyscanner iOS App Download

To find the best deals you’re going to need a very flexible schedule for vacation, because airlines have flash deals online, or make mistakes in the airfare, it’s a opportunity that should be grabbed right away!

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Here I am at Palm beach, sand on my back and trying to figure out what it is that Aruba visitors want to read about? We have gone all over the restaurant thing, haven’t we? We all know that this tiny rock floating in the Caribbean is loaded with an endless supply of assorted fine dining experiences.

Maybe I should talk about the beach. After all, walking these shores that are in front of me and knowing that there is a love affair going on between my feet and the bubbling surf is a nice thing. That should be interesting. Actually, that’s been done as well.

I see boats far out bouncing on the waves. They are tiny white specs hunting fish. What they don’t know is the fish will win. The hunters will love every minute of it and tell stories about the one that got away.

Water sports?

That’s not really a secret is it? So, what is it that the visitors want to know about? What is it that the repeat visitor has seen so many times that he no longer sees it?

I’m living the “one happy island” life in Aruba!




It slowly comes to me. It is the us on this island that makes us who we are. And it is the we that has taken an arid barren rock and somehow turned it into “One Happy Island”.  

If you ask me, the essence of it is that Aruba is not an island, no – it is a people. A humanity that was here before tourism and when confronted with it, took it on with open arms.  No gripes, no moans and no sour faces. Just a warm welcome and an invitation to walk our shores and hunt our fish.

The difference is that there was once an invitation to come to our homes and allow us, we, the people of Aruba to do the cooking.  

With time and the changes that come along with it, the invitation that was once so easily said is now a soft thought, and that is a wonderful thing. Why? During these times, it is highly unusual to even think of inviting a visiting tourist to your home. But we, the us, the humanity of this rock called Aruba did that.  

Maybe I’ll write about that. Would they understand that kind of acceptance by humble island dwellers of their visitors from far away? The answer to that is yes!





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Are you looking for a hotel in Aruba, but don’t know where to start? It’s overwhelming! There’s so many hotels and resorts the fear of missing out kicks in.

Make a bad decision and you might hear it for the rest of your life from your family.

I know the feeling. You’re not the only one having trouble finding a resort in Aruba.

I made this guide to give you basic understanding of the resorts in Aruba and hopefully help you in the planning stage to finding a place to stay, that you won’t regret!

This guide only takes into consideration hotels in the low rise and high rise areas that are on the beach. Of course, there’s plenty of other accommodation on the island, you can research on them.

After reading this guide you will have narrowed down your choice for the best hotel in Aruba for you.



First Consider High Rise & Low Rise Area

A good place to start when narrowing down choices to find the best resort in Aruba for you, is to consider if you want to stay in the high rise or low rise area.

Hotels in the low rise area are located on Eagle Beach. And the hotels in the high rise area are on Palm Beach. Both beaches are part of the same shoreline. 

Miles of beach sands…

Do you want to be close to action, nightlife, attraction, watersport, bars, restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters? If so, consider a hotel in high rise area.

However, if you’re looking to hit the beach most of the day and just relax. After the beach, eat at restaurants, go shopping and get a feel for the nightlife in Aruba without feeling the need to be in the middle of the action consider a hotel in the low rise area.

Transportation between the two areas can be done by taxi, bus or renting a car.




Is there a difference between Palm Beach and Eagle Beach?

The beach at Eagle is wider and more private compared to Palm Beach. It can be very crowded at Palm, but the water here is calmer compared to Eagle Beach.

Eagle beach has palapas which are spaced pretty far apart, compared to Palm Beach.

Palm has more water sports activities and excursions compared to Eagle.

Both beaches may have their differences, but they are equally beautiful and must experience if you’re on the island.

Once you decide between Palm or Eagle beach, you should be closer to finding the best resort in Aruba for you.

This view can be yours…

Best Hotels in Aruba For Families

If you’re travelling with smaller kids you would be interested in resorts that have the best kid amenities, kid friendly restaurants, kids pool with child friendly features, a beach that is not to rough and easily accessible.

Consider hotels in Aruba like…

  • Marriott Surf Club
  • Playa Linda
  • Hilton
  • Costa Linda

If you’re traveling with teenagers and young adults, and they want to be close to the fun and food, consider hotels in Aruba like

  • Playa Linda
  • Hyatt
  • Holiday Inn


Best Resorts For Couples in Aruba

If spending more time connecting with your loved one is on your list look into these resorts in Aruba that can make your dreams come true!

  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
  • Manchebo

Best Resort in Aruba For Beach Bums

If the beach is high on your list of things to do consider a hotel in Aruba that is on the beach.

Luckily nearly all of the resorts on the island are practically on the beach, here’s a few suggestions…

  • Divi All Inclusive
  • Tamarijn All Inclusive
  • Aruba Beach Club (also good for older relatives)
  • Amsterdam Manor
  • Paradise Beach Villas


Best Resort For Budget Travelers in Aruba

If you’re traveling to Aruba on a budget and you’re looking for cheap hotels in Aruba, the best ways to find hotels is to rent from timeshare owners or the budget hotels in Aruba.

Here are the following suggestions for budget hotels in Aruba…

  • Playa Linda (rent from timeshare owner)
  • Costa Linda (rent from timeshare owner)
  • Holiday Inn
  • Paradise Beach Villas

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Best Resort For LGBT Community

Looking for LGBT friendly hotels? Choose between…

  • Marriott stellaris Casino
  • Divi All Inclusive
  • Amsterdam Manor
  • Bucuti
  • Hyatt
  • RIU Antillas
  • Manchebo
  • Hilton




Best Aruba All Inclusive Resorts

If you want to go all inclusive, eat all you want, drink all you can, and enjoy unlimited activities look into the best all inclusive resorts in Aruba.

  • Tamarijn All Inclusive
  • Divi All Inclusive
  • RIU Antillas
  • Barcelo

How To Decide Between All Inclusive Or Not in Aruba

Resorts Mentioned in This Article

By now you’ve surely narrowed down your choice to find the best resort in Aruba for you.

Now you can confidently do some more research on the resort before you book.

Here’s more information on the hotels in Aruba mentioned in this article.


Costa Linda Beach Resort

Costa Linda is located on the low rise area.

The resort offers 2 and 3 bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and ocean view balconies.

Playa Linda Beach Resort

Playa Linda is located on the high rise area and has 214 suites from one bed room, two bedrooms (including kitchen).

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is known as one of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean. It’s located on Eagle Beach and it’s an adults-only resort.

Manchebo Beach Resort

Manchebo is a boutique style hotel located on Eagle Beach.

It has a faboulous spa, three a-la-carte restaurants, a fun pool bar with a daily happy hour.

Marriott Surf Club

Marriott surf club is one of the family friendly resorts in Aruba famous for the lazy river and waterslides for kids.

Each room has a balcony with beach or garden view. One, two, or three bedrooms (including kitchen).

Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers oceanfront guest rooms and suites. They also offer a 24/7 fitness center. Try your luck at their Stellaris Casino open 24 hours a day.

Divi All Inclusive

Divi is a all inclusive resort located just steps away from the ocean at Eagle Beach.

The rooms have garden view, pool view, beachside, oceanview and oceanfront. Can you imagine unlimited beverages at 7 different bars?

Tamarijn All Inclusive

Tamarijn is also located on eagle beach and has over 200 oceanfront rooms.

The rooms offers two queen beds or a king bed with balcony or patio. There are 10 dining options, seven bars to choose from.

Barcelo

The all-inclusive Barcelo Aruba located on the Palm Beach offers 370 rooms and suites, perfect for honeymooners and families alike. And with seven restaurants and four bars to choose from.

RIU Antillas

RIU Antillas adults-only resort is one of the first hotels on the high rise area’s.

It’s located on palm beach and has over 400 rooms. Offering an all inclusive 24-hour service. There are also three restaurants, and a pool bar.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

This resort offers the luxuries of a large resort at Eagle Beach. This Resort is situated right in front of the islands’ landmark, the two fofoti trees.

Aruba Beach Club

The Aruba Beach Club is also great for families that travel with older relatives (in walkers and scooters). The rooms are close to the beach. There’s lots of paved surfaces. They have 131 comfortable and fully equipped apartments including kitchen.

Paradise Beach Villas

This beachfront resort is located right across the long stretched white sand at Eagle Beach. This resort offers 2 large swimming pools, jacuzzis, bars and a Peruvian restaurant.

Hyatt Regency Resort

The Hyatt Regency is located on the Palm Beach and offers 357 rooms. They also have a slide for kids. There’s also a wide variety of water sports activities available here.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn offers beach front accommodations and is located in the heart of Palm Beach. Just steps away from the beach and activities.

Hilton

Each room at the Hilton has private balcony or patio. Great for couples and kids. There’s a zero entry pool for kids and the resort also has activities for kids.  




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Are you dying to visit Aruba, but keep putting it off because you think it’s too expensive? You’re not the only one looking for cheap Aruba vacations.

Travel expenses have gone up during the years in the Caribbean region, but if you research and plan smart, you can save money in Aruba.

Here’s some of the top tips and strategies you can use to find the cheapest flights to Aruba and save money on accommodation, food and get discount on activities.

cheap Aruba vacations

Walking the beach strip near fisherman’s hut…

How To Book Cheap Trips To Aruba

Aruba is one of the easiest places to reach in the Caribbean because of the amount of airline carriers that service the island.

There’s over 100 direct flights to Aruba every week from 14 gateways in North America. Don’t forget the one-stop connections from almost every city in the US. And all the other international gateways around the world.

The price for airfare to Aruba is determined by different factors…

  • where you’re departing from
  • non stop flight or layovers
  • seat demand & supply
  • season (christmas, carnival, low, high, hurricane)
  • days ahead of purchase

All of these factors are outside of our control.

How can you avoid seeing the price of flights to Aruba drop a few days after you buy it, or watch it go over your budget because you hesitate to click?

One of the best strategies is to set the amount you’re willing to pay for a flight to paradise.

Once you’re comfortable with that number, if you see anything near it, buy it! Most likely prices aren’t going down, and if you do manage to get tickets below your starting price – hooray!

You’re well on your way on a cheap Aruba vacation.

Here’s some useful tips to booking affordable flights to Aruba.

  • look for flights that have layovers
  • be flexible with your flying dates
  • fly in from another state
  • use flight alerts for low fare notification by email
  • search for flights in incognito browser
  • look for budget airlines
  • watch for flash sales at airlines

What if the airlines drops the prices much lower after you purchased your flight?

Depending on the airline, you can receive a refund for the difference if you claim it within 24 hours (contact airline and ask for approval).


Cheap Places To Stay in Aruba

One of the most expensive things on your budget is accommodation, you’re better off looking for affordable places to stay in Aruba.

Aruba has big resorts that can costs hundreds of dollars per night. But if you don’t have a big budget, you can also find a place to stay at the other accommodations that the island has to offer.

Depending on how much you want to spend per night, you will definitely find some budget hotels in Aruba.

Take a look at…

  • Bed & Breakfast hotels
  • Rent a beach house
  • Rent From Timeshare Owners
  • Smaller apartments

Rates below $100 below per night are possible, and close to the beach!

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How To Save Money on Fine Dining

Aruba is known to have the best culinary scene in the Caribbean region.

There’s over 200 places to eat on the island!

How can you get a taste of the Caribbean dishes and international cuisines, without paying hundreds of dollars on the bill at some of the top class restaurants on the island?

Experience fine dining without spending hundreds of dollars

Get 15% Off Your Restaurant Check on Mondays

Do you have an American Express card?

If the answer is yes, you are eligible to get a 15% discount on your final bill at selected restaurants in Aruba.

This deal is only available on Mondays (and not valid in combination with other special offers)!

Aruba has over 200 restaurants, but the deal is only available at 10 restaurants.

Hopefully you have a craving for Asian Cuisine, fresh fish (and seafood), sushi, local cuisine, and international dishes, just to name a few of the culinary options available.

Here’s the following restaurants you can enjoy this special discount on…

  • Salt & Pepper (international cuisine & tapas)
  • Dragonfly (sushi & asian cuisine)
  • Tango Argentine Grill (Argentinian grill & open charcoal)
  • Fishes & More (international cuisine & seafood)
  • Sopranos Piano Bar (sing along piano bar)
  • Nos Clubhuis (local seafood)
  • Hadicurari  (international cuisine & seafood)
  • Moomba Beach (beach bar & international cuisine)
  • Cafe The Plaza (international & Dutch cuisine)
  • Que Pasa (international fusion cuisine)

If you’re staying on the island (on a Monday), take advantage of this special and pay with your american express card to receive a 15% discount on your final bill.

Take Advantage of Early Bird Dinners

Early bird specials contains appetizers, main course and dessert. Price range from $20 – $40 per person.




Book Activities Online & Receive Discounts

If you have some activities you would definitely like to do, you can save money if you book them online. Some companies like island excursions, snorkel tours, fishing excursions, horseback riding, sunset sails, restaurants, offer a discount if you book online.

You can save some serious cash by pre-booking ahead of your arrival.

You can either book directly online from the companies, or from third party vendors like Viator.

Related Article – 21 Unusual Activities You Haven’t Thought About Doing in Aruba

Other Money Saving Tips in Aruba

Here are some other useful information to help you plan a cheap Aruba vacation.


Take The Bus Around The Island

Arubus N.V. is the public bus in that services all major areas of the island.

The main bus station is located in front the Cruise Terminal in Oranjestad. Line 10, Line 10A, and Line 10B takes you to the beach and hotel areas. 

Retour Card for $5.00, valid for 2 trips on the day of initial use.

Day pass for $10.00 valid for unlimited trips on the day of initial use.

Take The Taxi When You Need It

Taxis are available 24 hours in Aruba.

What’s the average price for a ride? It depends on the distance, use the average of $31.00 from airport to high rise hotels.

Rent Vehicles Outside of the Airport

I recommend not renting a car at the airport, if you can avoid it. Because airports charge extra taxes and rental fees that can easily be avoided. 

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Coupons Save You Big Cash

One of the best ways to save money on the island is to search for coupons!

Free drinks, wines, $5 off or 15% or more discount adds up to your savings.

Where can you find these coupons?

Easily findable as you enter the airport arrival hall. There you should find greeters with bags of souvenirs. Or at your hotel concierge desk.

Bring your own snorkeling gear

Renting gear costs on average $15.00 – $25.00 Buying your own gear costs nearly the same (or less if you get a bargain).

Having your own snorkeling gear is handy, instead of losing precious time finding one, that you might end up not liking.


Rent a place with a kitchen

Find a affordable place to stay with a kitchen.

Bring your own dry foods (that you can’t do without),

Go to local supermarket, buy grocery, cook breakfast, lunch, save money for fine dining, activities or your next trip to Aruba. 

Related Article – How To Visit Aruba on A Budget


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Living in Aruba is great!

It gives me the unique opportunity to explore the island at my own pace, when I want, and my journeys always lead me to find new places most tourists (and locals) don’t know much about.  

This time I made it to the other side of the island, to Boca Grandi Beach.

It’s not a new place for me, also not to those who have traveled to Aruba for years. However, this time I discovered new things to do here that made me fall in love all over again with this beach.

Let me tell you..

It’s not like any other of the beaches in Aruba, or in the world even.

Boca Grandi is known for one of the best kitesurfing spots on the island.

This beach is different.

It’s off the radar for most tourist and locals.

There’s no palm trees, but grape trees (edible, grows seasonally).

White sand, miles of it, and dunes covered in green flora and all of this beauty surrounded by clear blue waters.

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Beautiful sand dunes at boca Grandi beach…

It’s not easy to reach Boca Grandi, but if you dare to make the journey, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenic views and a private beach to call your own for the day.

In this article I explain how to get Boca Grandi, the top things to do here besides kite surfing just in case you decide to explore Aruba and find this “undiscovered beach”.

And some other helpful tips to make your experience here one to remember.

Where is Boca Grandi Beach?

It’s far from the hotel area, but not hard to find.

The bus doesn’t pass here. Taxis can drop you here,  but this is an expensive ride, compared to renting your own car or jeep in Aruba.

If you decide to rent a car, drive from the hotel area back to the airport and keep driving on the highway to the south side of the island. Stay on this highway following this direction through Pos Chiquito, Savaneta, San Nicolas until you reach Sero Colorado (it’s the same drive to baby beach).  

You will drive on the giant bridge in the background on your way to boca Grandi…

When you approach the entrance of Sero Colorado, you’re going to see a giant red anker.

The road to the left of the anchor leads to Boca Grandi beach, and the road to the right leads to baby beach.

The drive from hotel area to boca grandi can be 30 – 45 minute depending on traffic.



Before Boca Grandi Stop & Learn About The Red Anchor

Before you reach Boca Grandi Beach you’re going to notice a giant red anchor.

It’s not just any anchor.

This anchor laid on the bottom of the ocean near the coastal waters of Boca Grandi for decades, until it was accidentally discovered by members of a tugboat crew who worked for the nearby refinery on the island in 1970’s.

This anchor not only marks, the entrance to Boca Grandi Beach, but this anchor is also an important part of history for the island.

It’s dedicated to all seamen who worked in the refinery after it closed for good in 1985.

The anchor is approximately 10 feet 6 inches wide and 15 feet 6 inches tall and manufactured in Germany in the 1960’s.

This picture will be iconic.

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When you see this anchor, you know you’re close to boca Grandi, stop and get closer to this anchor, it has history….

The anchor continues to be “a must see” and one the most photographed landmarks on the island, by both locals and visitors alike.

Follow the road to the left of the anchor to drive to Boca Grandi Beach (the road to the right of the anchor leads to Baby Beach).

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Spend The Day At The Beach How You Really Want!

Boca Grandi beach is not the traditional tourist beach, it’s mostly isolated with no amenities.

The stretch of beach here is over 1 kilometers of soft sand that turns slightly pink everytime the waves touches the shores.

Imagine what you can do on this beach that is generally undiscovered…

  • Relax, unbothered, like there’s no tomorrow
  • Sun bath and get tan
  • Have a picnic or lunch here
  • Long beach walks, and find great clean areas to swim
  • Hike
  • Read a book, undisturbed
  • What’s your favorite thing to do on the beach? You can do it here!

Boca Grandi is windy, the currents are known to be strong here, swimming is not advised in the deep blue, but staying on the shores is advisable and safe.

If you want shade from the sun, sit under one of the man made shacks.

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There’s a few of these shacks on the beach…

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Shade from the Caribbean sun…

There’s no supermarkets near Boca Grandi (only a small kitesurfing school with a small beach bar).

If you plan to spend a day, or at least a few hours at this beach, come fully prepared with food, water and drinks.

Before you go to the beach in Aruba, make sure you have checked off your list of must have items when on the beach.

Walk The Beach and Find Your Next Souvenir

Walk on miles of sand and discover the beach!

There’s no telling what you’ll find on your walks. You might see a gang of goats or if you get lucky our local donkeys roaming near the dunes or walking from a distance.

Or just walk around the dunes and see the island from a different perspective.

This is how beautiful is looks here at boga grandi…

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Can you imagine yourself standing between beautiful dunes…

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Boca Grandi beach is different, it’s unique, it’s beautiful…

If you have a great eye for “what can be” you can walk into cool driftwood, and organic materials that washed up on the shore that you can use for souvenirs.

You never know what you’ll find.

It’s always curious to find out what the ocean brings to shore….

This is what I found on one of my walks…

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Walk the miles of white beach and find something awesome…

Learn How To Kitesurf (or Just Watch For Fun)

Boca Grandi Beach has on-shore winds, strong currents and plenty of small waves.

There’s a kitesurf shack on the beach, and they offer lessons. If you’re interested in a lesson or rentals don’t hesitate to ask around.

Just incase kitesurfing is not your thing, watching from the sidelines is also interesting, as surfers fly across the ocean.

Isn’t this view a beautiful one?

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Learn the art of kite surfing in Aruba from the best instructors…

Remember This Before You Visit Boca Grandi Beach

Boca Grandi Beach is surrounded by white sand dunes, and flora, so it’s important to conserve this piece of nature.

Remember this before you visit boca grandi (or any beach on the island)…

  • Do not drive on the sand or dunes (explore them by foot)
  • Keep the beach clean (no plastic, glass or cigarette on the beach)
  • Park the car before the beach sand starts and walk over the dunes to the beach.

Help keep our beaches sparkling like a gem.

Don’t drive on the sand or dunes.

Keep our beaches clean!

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Please do not drive on the beach or dunes…it’s illegal!

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Aruba is more beautiful when it’s clean…

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Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly Aruba news reports.

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What You Need To Know About The New Tax 2018

The tax in Aruba will increase as of July 1, 2018.

At the moment taxes are 3,5% (BBO 2,5% – BAZV 1%). The tax is going to change in two segments. The BAZV will be increased by 1% and a new tax will be introduced (BAVP 1,5% – Belasting Additionele Voorzieningen PPP projecten)

According to the prime minister, BAVP is a temporary tax that will go towards paying for the PPP (public private partnerships) projects approved by the previous government (Green Corridor & Watty Vos Boulevard). And the tax was also implemented in order to reform the tax department on the island into a more fair and simple system.

Foundations like CARTAC (Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) will be helping the government.

The banks in Aruba had exonoration since 2007 from paying taxes (BBO) on income generated from their services (administration fees & interest rate).

But the exoneration will end and they will have to pay their fare share to the government.

So for example, if the bank charges 5 Aruban guilders ($3.00) for transaction or administrative fee’s (30 cent of this 5 guilders has to go the the government – and the bank keeps the rest).

There’s been lots of rumors that the bank will start to charge 6% on every transaction, as a fee, but not this is not true. However, it does depends on the banks if they will increase certain fees in order to pay the 6% tax on their earnings.

It’s possible that the price for white bread (which is in the basic food goods) can increase, but this is not yet official (still being discussed between government and bakers).




Wind Farm Project in Urirama Discontinued

The government revoked the permission to build a wind farm in Urirama and will evaluate where to relocate it, far away from residences.

Locals who live nearby didn’t agree to the new wind farm project, because they were worried about their health, noise and also the visibility within this area will be lost. More than 10.000 signatures were collected by locals to stop the project.

Urirama is the landscape area close to alto vista chapel.

Can you imagine this beautiful backdrop gone forever?

The government wants to invest in renewable energy, but not at the expense of nature and people.

Most likely the wind turbines will be relocated to the current wind farm located in Vader Piet (San Nicolas).

European Companies Interested in Fast Ferry Project

According to the minister of transport, there are a various European companies who are interested in being a part of the fast ferry project for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao).

The companies that showed interested are Fred Olson, Aqua Liner & Waterbus.

Before the project moves forward, the government needs to make an investigation and assessment to find out what is necessary to make the fast ferry project a reality.

Representatives from companies interested to manage the ferry will be on the island to give a presentation to the governmental departments. And afterwards sign an MoU between Aruba, bonaire & Curacao to start the construction of a harbor.

The harbor will be constructed in the area of San Nicolas according to the transport minister.


Border Reopened – Fruits, Fish & Vegetables From Venezuela

The maritime border between Venezuela and Aruba is finally open since June 7, 2018 after being closed since the first week of January 2018.

After the border was reopened the first few small boats transporting fruits and vegetables docked on the island, bringing long awaited goods to local market owners.

When the border was closed, goods had to be imported from USA and other countries, which were way more expensive than from Venezuela.

The government also mentioned that from now on there will be stricter controls when importing goods from venezuela (passengers and goods have to be properly documented).

Aruba Starts To Think About Growing Own Produce

Minister of agriculture made an agreement with experts from Wageningen university to exchange information on agriculture.

This is an effort for Aruba to start growing their own fruits and vegetables, and not depend from importation.

The experts at Wageningen are willing to travel to Aruba so they can investigate the possibilities to grow produce on the island (and what will be required)..

Farmers will also be educated on advanced growing techniques (for the weather conditions in Aruba), and locals who are interested can also learn how to grow fruits and vegetables on their own.

Not only does the minister of agriculture want to make agriculture another pillar in the economy for Aruba in the future, but he also wants to include agriculture in our education.

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Three Areas Designated To Be protected By Marine Park

Decades ago the island started the project to create a marine park in Aruba (both on land and in the ocean). However, only half of the project was completed, the marine park on land which is national park Arikok.

A marine park consists of an area protected to preserve a specific habitat and ensure the ecosystem is sustained for the flora and fauna that exist there.

But now the government is resuming the other half of the project: marine park in the ocean.

There are in total 3 areas destined to be protected by law soon.

The first one is the beaches close to National Arikok.

The second area are the beaches near Sero Colorado, Baby beach, Rogers Beach and Lago Keys (all will be protected because of the corals which have an impact on the sea life).

The third area that will be protected by the marine park will be the beach of Santo Largo, until Spaans Lagoon and Mangel Halto.

This area is located on the south coast of Aruba and contains the largest amount of mangroves on the island (including a reef, great for snorkeling).

This area is also known to have dolphins that pass by to give birth to babies.

How To Kayak The South Coast of Aruba.




Start of Drilling For Gas or Oil

The vessel “West Capella” will start exploring beneath the waters surface for oil or gas this week.

It will explore a site named “Bon Bini” not far from the coastal waters from Aruba.

If you’ve been to the island recently, you’ll notice many drill ships around the coastal waters, and wonder what they are doing there.

These are ships who are waiting to move on to another project, and some of them are researching the surface waters for more explorations like west capella in the future.


Update On Infrastructure Works (Watty Vos Boulevard)

The construction works were restarted, after several weeks of works being stopped for the construction of Watty Vos Boulevard (at the roundabout near Cumana).

According to the director of public works and minister of infrastructure, the works were hindered due to technical issues. However, this has been resolved and works are on again.

Construction near the roundabout at cumana is scheduled to be completed in August.

The department of public works closed the main road L.G. Smith Boulevard (Sasaki Weg), east of Super Food Supermarket (as of May 23, 2018).

And they reopened the L.G. Smith Boulevard west of Tropicana Hotel for traffic in both directions.

The detour will affect traffic from Oranjestad, Noord, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard and San Miguel.

All detours will be indicated by barricades and warnings signs.

The roads near this area are closed, because of a roundabout construction near super food supermarket.

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Here’s a view of the detours on map and the roundabout near super food.

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The current situation near super food.

More Busses For Aruba’s Public Transportation

Minister of transportation recently added more busses to the fleet of Arubus.

The buses are from a Dutch company called connections, which is one of the biggest public transportation company in the Netherlands.

During a recent trip to the Netherlands, the minister managed to buy 9 buses that were not in use by connections, but that are in good condition including air conditioning.

The buses vary between prices, but all nine were acquired for approximately 100.000 euro, instead of $170.000 for one new bus,

The buses from connections will be used only for a transitory phase until at the end of this year, when the fleet of Arubus will be strengthened again with more new buses, according to the minister.

The transportation system in Aruba is easy, if you don’t plan to rent a car you can take the bus to various places around the island (including the top beaches). Retour Card for $5.00, valid for 2 trips on the day of initial use. Day pass for $10.00 valid for unlimited trips on the day of initial use.

Or rent a car on the island (for less than $40.00 a day).

Delta Airlines Opens New Flights From Boston

Delta Airlines adds a new route to Aruba.

The airline inaugurated a new nonstop service between Boston and Aruba (on June 9, 2018)

The new flights, which will operate weekly on Saturdays.

Travelers will now fly in a 737-900 aircraft with a maximum of 180 passengers.

Delta Airlines transported over 130.000 passengers to Aruba in 2017 (an increase of 7.500 travelers compared to 2016).

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